IVSA Greece, Thessaloniki

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About us

I.V.S.A. is the International Veterinary Students’ Association. It was founded in 1951 in Utrecht, Holland. It is represented in 58 countries worldwide.

Greece constitutes an active member of this association since 1992. In 1994,the local chapter of Thessaloniki was certified by the Court as a recognised Association. Any student of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, can become a member of I.V.S.A. Thessaloniki.

Hellenic Veterinary Students’ Congress

It's organized by IVSA Thessaly and IVSA Thessaloniki (IVSA Greece)and it's the biggest event of each year! The participants are veterinary students who have worked on a subject of veterinary medicine with the assistance of professors from either of our 2 Faculties of Veterinary Medicine. The main goal of this congress is for our future veterinarians to get to know each other and improve their skills at social environments. For most of our participants it would be their first chance to stand in front of a crowd and present their work.This project is fully supported by the Greek Society of Veterinarians.

The mission of I.V.S.A. is:

-To improve the international standards of veterinary education and broaden the professional horizons of veterinary medicine students

-To actively promote the importance of the Veterinary Science

-To build connections between veterinary students worldwide

According to this mentality, activities currently undertaken by I.V.S.A. Thessaloniki include:

-An individual exchange programme, providing Greek Veterinary students with the opportunity to work with professional veterinary health care abroad; whilst demonstrating our Veterinary Clinics to the international community.

-Operating group exchanges for cultural learning.

-Organising events and lectures on various interesting veterinary topics.

-Hosting the Annual Meeting of Veterinary Students, a conference in which every student may present a topical speech to their peers.

-Participating in local and international veterinary conferences.

-Publishing informative leaflets for veterinary students.

-Arranging and coordinating a programme of entertaining events for students (trips, parties, film screening).


Our Faculty

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The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVMT) was founded at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1950 and the first students were enrolled in the academic year 1950-51. The SVMT comprises the following five Departments:

1.The Department of Animal Structure and Function. It includes the disciplines of chemistry, anatomy, histology and embryology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology.

2.The Department of Animal Production, Ichthyology, Ecology and Protection of the Environment. It includes the disciplines of animal nutrition, animal production, ichthyology-fish cultures-ichtyopathology, ecology and protection of the environment, and economics of animal production.

3.The Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Avian Medicine and Pathology. It includes the disciplines of microbiology and infectious diseases, parasitology and parasitic diseases, pathology, avian medicine, apiculture and bee diseases.

4.The Department of Food Hygiene and Technology. It includes the disciplines of food hygiene, food technology and milk hygiene and technology.

5.The Department of Clinics. It includes the disciplines of medicine, surgery (including anaesthesiology and diagnostic imaging) and obstetrics (including physiopathology of reproduction, reproductive diseases, artificial insemination and embryo transfer).

Our City

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Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη [θesaloˈnici]) is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. Its nickname is η Συμπρωτεύουσα (Symprotévousa), literally "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the Συμβασιλεύουσα (Symvasilévousa) or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople. Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination in Greece. For 2013, National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle. Among street photographers, the center of Thessaloniki is also considered the most popular destination for street photography in Greece. The municipality of Thessaloniki is the most populated municipality of all the municipalities that are part of the Thessaloniki Urban Area and make up the "City of Thessaloniki". Although the population of the municipality of Thessaloniki has declined in the latest census, the metropolitan area's population is still growing. The city forms the base of the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area, with latest census in 2011 giving it a population of 1,104,460.

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Group Exchanges

IVSA Thessaloniki participates in group exchanges since 1998. Since then, we have organised many exchanges, but we want to do more every year.!! Specifically, we have arranged exchanges with these chapters (IVSA Zurich in 1998, IVSA Alfort in 2000, IVSA Ghent in 2012, IVSA Timisoara in 2013, IVSA Poznan in 2014, IVSA Brno in 2016). For every group exchange we can accept a maximum of 10 students for 1 week! Generally, we can offer:

1. Accommodation

2. Typical Greek food and culture

3. Sightseeing, visiting touristic places and outdoor activities

4. Workshops and lectures

5. A glimpse of Greek nightlife

So, don't hesitate to contact us. We will try as much as we can to create with you the best memories!!!

The New Executive Committee 2016-2017:

PRESIDENT: George Polyzois (georgepoly13@gmail.com)

SECRETARY: Nikos Tzavellas (nikolaostzavellas@gmail.com)

TREASURER: Vagelis Fousekis (vagelisfousekis@gmail.com)

EXCHANGE OFFICER: Eleftheria Bigga (elefmpin@vet.auth.gr)

JUNIOR EXCHANGE OFFICER: Dora Gkolomazou (doragolomazou@gmail.com)

SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR: Spiros Anastasiou (spiros.anastasiou@hotmail.com)

EVENTS OFFICERS: George Petrellis (geopetrellis@gmail.com) & Konstantina Kasiora (kwnstantinak_96@hotmail.com)

LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR: Konstantina Kasiora (kwnstantinak_96@hotmail.com)

INTERNET AND DESIGN OFFICER: Marios Patsali (mariosmp@vet.auth.gr) & Ermioni Kyriakopoulou (ermionita@hotmail.com)


Official Email: ivsa.thessaloniki@gmail.com