Commonwealth Veterinary Association
The Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA) was founded in 1967. Membership is open to National Veterinary Associations of Commonwealth member countries. Currently the CVA has 54 full members with each member association being represented on a Regional Council by a Councillor elected by the member association. Other non-Commonwealth countries are in the process of seeking associate membership. There are six regions representing Asia, Australasia/Oceania, Canada/Caribbean, East, Central and Southern Africa, West Africa and UK/ Mediterranean. Each Regional Council elects for a four-year term, a Regional Representative who becomes a member of Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for running the affairs of the Association. As well as the six Regional Representatives there are also a Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Director and an Editor JCVA, under the Chairmanship of the President.
VBB has a memorandum of understanding with the CVA which allows us to work with them in all Commonwealth countries. More information about CVA can be found on their website: www. commonwealthvetassoc.com.
VBB Student Chapters
Our University Chapters play an essential role, increasing awareness about our activities amongst the next generation of veterinarians and promoting the opportunities for veterinary students to volunteer with our Partner Organisations in Australia and overseas.
Our student volunteers perform important work, delivering public awareness classes to schools and community groups. These sessions emphasise the importance of kindness to animals and the fundamental connection between animal health and community health. This is of special significance in areas where rabies is endemic.
Their enthusiastic, and often energetic, fundraising efforts are also greatly appreciated!