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 113 veterinary association members globally and represent more than 200,000 companion animal veterinarians.
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.
60 years of WSAVA
This year, is the WSAVA's 60th birthday. Throughout the year, we will share photos and memories of the past 60 years with you. At the end of the year, all will be compiled in a 60th Anniversary Booklet.
View the WSAVA 50th Anniversary Booklet: 1959-2009 (PDF).
Read more on Our History (PDF).
Do you have any photos or memories you'd like to share? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on Social Media with #WSAVA60years and tag the WSAVA. All photos will enter a prize draw for 1 free registration for the WSAVA World Congress 2020 What kind of photos or memories are we looking for? Any photos of WSAVA events, congresses, activities or our members are welcome, whether they were taken 2 years or 25 years ago.