World Veterinary Association (WVA)

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1959 Madrid Spain


Founded during the 16th World Veterinary Congress (WVC). April 1863, Professor John Gamgee from the college of Edinburgh (UK) took the initiative to invite professors of veterinary medicine and veterinarians from all over Europe to a general meeting in Hamburg (Germany) 14-18 Jul 1863. This meeting became the first International Veterinary Congress later known as the World Veterinary Congress, attended by 103 veterinarians from 10 countries. At the 8th WVC, Budapest (Hungary), 1906, H-XH4479 - Permanent Committee for International Veterinary Congresses was formed to be the organizational link between congresses. At the 15th WVC, Stockholm (Sweden), 1953, it was decided to form an international association. The Permanent Committee worked with a Constitution of the World Veterinary Association until the foundation of the Association as a continuation of the Permanent Committee for the International Veterinary Congresses.

Constitution and Bylaws adopted: 19 Sep 2013; amended: 28 Apr 2021.


Safeguard veterinary interests in world society and unify the veterinary profession worldwide; set up highest possible standards for education, ethics and excellence in performance of all aspects of the profession; create an environment that recognizes diversity in the setting up of common guidelines, standards, policies and programmes to the benefit of the veterinary profession and society; implement the results of veterinary science to protect and improve animal welfare, animal health, human health and the environment.


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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