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Student Involvement in Global Veterinary Education and Curricula: 7 Years of Progress (2013–2019)

Liatis, Theophanes; Patel, Bhavisha; Huang, Michael; Buren, Lisa; Kotsadam, Georgios


Theophanes Liatis

Bhavisha Patel

Michael Huang

Lisa Buren

Georgios Kotsadam


As central members of the veterinary education community, students are well placed to highlight current problems in veterinary education. Motivated by the lack of current formal student involvement, the largest global veterinary student association, the International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA), realized the necessity for students to express their opinions within the veterinary education field. Thus, two standing committees related to veterinary education were created: the Standing Committee on One Health in 2013 and the Standing Committee on Veterinary Education in 2014. For 7 years, veterinary students have been acting in a four-dimensional plane to involve students in (a) electronic educational resources and e-learning, (b) interdisciplinary collaboration and One Health, (c) curriculum involvement, and (d) vocational guidance. Through multiple projects, such as student and tutor interaction, idea exchanges, development of e-resources, and curriculum development campaigns, IVSA has managed to increase awareness to students and schools of the important role students play within veterinary education. This article highlights students’ ability to work together to help other students learn and succeed within their veterinary studies, as well as the necessity for student engagement in curricular renewal and development. Consequently, IVSA’s projects and achievements are described, highlighting a from students—to students approach to promote active student involvement in veterinary education and curricula globally.


Liatis, T., Patel, B., Huang, M., Buren, L., & Kotsadam, G. (2020). Student Involvement in Global Veterinary Education and Curricula: 7 Years of Progress (2013–2019). Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 47(4), 379-383.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2020
Publication Date 2020-11
Deposit Date Nov 4, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 4, 2021
Journal Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Print ISSN 0748-321X
Electronic ISSN 1943-7218
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 4
Pages 379-383
Keywords General Veterinary; Education; General Medicine
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