Senior Rep - Lucy Carter Why I like the IVSA: it's a great way to meet new people from places you may have never thought of visiting and the exchanges are great fun! Email: email@example.com
IVSA is the International Vet Students Association; the students funded organisation provides opportunities to meet vet students all over the world and includes chapters from vet schools in USA, Malaysia and South Africa as well as vet schools all over Europe and many more. The organisation holds congresses and symposiums annually at different locations around the world, previous meetings have been held in Norway, South Korea and Barcelona and the meetings usually consist of a mix of veterinary extra-curricular activities, seeing the sights and opportunities to socialise and go out! IVSA provides networks which vet school chapters can use to plan exchanges, in a group or individually. This allows chapters to host new friends, and show off their vet school and city in a way that only a student can!
IVSA Congress 2018
IVSA congress was held in Krakow in the summer of 2018, with delegates travelling from all over the world and taking part in many fun filled and educational activites related to the veterinary profession.
Liverpool 1st-5th February This year, IVSA Liverpool partnered with IVSA Austria for an unforgettable exchange. The first part of the exchange happened in February when 12 students from the School of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna headed over to Liverpool for 5 exciting days of activities alongside their Liverpool partners. The exchange started on Wednesday 1st February, with a trip to a local pub and hotspot for Liverpool students, the Brookehouse, for a pint and a run through of the next 4 days of activities.
The next morning, we headed out to our Leahurst campus for tours of all of our hospitals as well as the university dairy farm. Back in Liverpool, a quick tour was conducted round some of the most interesting areas surrounding the university campus, including the metropolitan cathedral and one of the oldest pubs in Liverpool, before attending a talk from BVA-AWF rep, Chris Laurence, discussing dangerous dog laws in the UK. Our Austrian students also had the opportunity to talk about how these laws differed in their country, which was extremely interesting for all of the Liverpool students in attendance.
Friday consisted of a city tour, which took our visitors to all the best parts of Liverpool. We went up the tower in the stunning Anglican cathedral to take in the breath-taking views over the city and beyond, headed to the docks and the Austrian students also had the opportunity to sample some Scouse, a traditional dish from Liverpool. Later on in the afternoon, we conducted a tour of our Liverpool campus and then headed to our clinical skills lab. We were aided by a first-year group who helped our visitors out with several skills, including suturing, assisted parturition and dental examinations. Everyone then went home to glam up for an evening out on the town! There’s nothing British students love more than a night out so we showed the Austrians some of the local haunts and were even treated to some Austrian karaoke!
To help the hangovers on Saturday morning, everyone went for the breakfast at the Tavern, which has been voted the best breakfast in the UK. This was followed by a sunny walk round one of our most beautiful parks, Sefton park. Later on, we headed to Spring city, a trampoline park which was followed by fish and chips and visiting the famous music venue, the Cavern Club for some live music.
Sadly, our Austrian visitors had to leave on Sunday but this wasn’t before we had visited the local beach at Crosby and had a traditional roast dinner.
Vienna 4th-8th June Once our exams had finished, our 12 Liverpool students hopped on the plane and headed to Vienna. We were greeted at the university with pizza and beer before running through the week’s schedule and heading back to our host’s homes.
On Monday morning, we began with a tour of the city, visiting all the highlights followed by a lunch of Kasekrainer, the cheese-filled sausage which is a favourite with the locals. Later on, we visited the Natural History museum before heading to Prater, a theme park in the middle of Vienna! We also went for drinks at a beach bar on the banks of the River Danube.
The next day we headed back to the Danube but this time to hire out some boats. We swam in the river, a popular activity with the locals and spent some time enjoying the glorious sunshine. After, we caught a bus up the Kahlsberg, a large hill overlooking the city – the view was incredible. We then visited Schonnbrun, a huge palace in the middle of Vienna that once housed the aristocracy of Austria. That evening, we all gathered at the house of the IVSA Austria Exchange officer for a BBQ and some drinks.
Wednesday began with a pathology workshop at the university before a tour of the university where we also had the opportunity to watch the covering of a stallion. After lunch in the uni canteen, we had a free afternoon to do what we wanted. Some of us visited Nachtmarkt, a huge market, and went to a coffee house for Sachertorte, an Austrian delicacy. This was proceeded by a ‘cultural evening’ of Austrian food and dancing! Some of us then went out to local club, U4, for a 90s-themed night.
Sadly the next morning, very tired and hungover, we travelled back to the UK. We can’t thank IVSA Austria enough for the incredible experience. I think it’s safe to say that all involved had an amazing time and would love to return to Vienna in the future.