We were created in 1961, following a decision by the then International Association of Small Animal Specialists (IASAS) to rename itself as the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. Today with have 105 veterinary association members globally and represent more than 200,000 companion animal veterinarians.
View the WSAVA 50th Anniversary Booklet: 1959-2009 (PDF).
Read more on Our History (PDF).
Initial progress was slow but, with each World Congress, more associations joined, attendance increased, and the committees became more effective. The Journal of Small Animal Practice, which had become the WSAVA's official publication, helped to share information between countries.