IVSA Austria

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The IVSA Austria Chapter

... is pretty old! That is to say, we don't really know how old it is ;)

We currently have approximately 120 IVSA members.

Current IVSA positions

IVSA President: Julia Rattner

IVSA EO: Orietta Rother

Other board members: Antonia Kolb, Eva-Maria Bartl, Victoria Drauch, Lara Scherer


We are proud of our really motivated members, who help us carrying out group exchanges. They are all in different years of their studies and therefore we are a very diverse group.

Group exchanges

Every semester the Cro-Slo-Austro-Czech takes place in eather Croatia, Slovenia, Austria or Czech. Meeting every semester for a weekend creates friendships that can last throughout the whole studies or even longer.

We are also organizing at least 2, sometimes even 3 exchanges per year for our members. One of them is our annually and very popular exchange with IVSA Norway (Oslo) for our first-year-students. The highlight is always a trip in the norwegian woods to spend the night there under very basic circumstances, drink something (or a bit more) and go into the small sauna located next to the cabin. Usually we have 10-12 austrian participants and a few less norwegians participating in this exchange, the norwegians visiting us for 5 days in february and austrians going to Oslo during easter break.

Last year we also had an amazing exchange with some crazy portuguese people from Porto. They visited us together with the norwegians in february and we went there during the first week of may. They organized a surfing lesson for us, fed us with the best portuguese food they had (it was amazing!) and made sure we get to forget our stressful daily life and had a few days full of exciting program from tasting port wine to a boat cruise on the river.

This year we managed to organize 3 exchanges, Norway, Thessaly (Greece) and Liverpool.


For any questions you can always send an E-Mail to

Julia Rattner (President:. 1300941@students.vetmeduni.ac.at

Orietta Rother (Exchange Officer): orietta.rother@gmx.de

Lara Scherer (trust): lara@ivsa.org


Our offers

A big, state of the art university in the heart of Europe

Accomodation, typical Austrian food and culture

Sightseeing and a look behind the scenes

Workshops in the day, going out at night

Nice hosts and fabulous cooks caring for you :)


Our expectations

Give-and-take basis

Getting to know the country/city and people

At least one veterinary medicine related activity


Latest group exchanges Febuary 2014: Group exchange with IVSA Malaysia and Ghent in Vienna Spring 2014: Re-exchange with IVSA Malaysia and Ghent in Belgium Soring 2014: Exchange with Purdue University in Vienna Summer 2014: Re-exchange with IVSA Malaysia and Ghent in Malaysia October 2014: Cro-Slo-Austro in Austria Febuary 2015: Group exchange with Romania, Iasi in Austria Febuary 2015: Re-exchange with Grenada and Purdue University February 2016: Group exchange with IVSA Norway and IVSA Porto in Vienna Spring 2016: Re-exchange with IVSA Porto in Porto + Re- exchange with IVSA Norway in Oslo February 2017: Exchange with IVSA Liverpool in Liverpool February 2017: Exchange with IVSA Norway + IVSA Thessaly in Vienna Spring 2017: Re-exchange with IVSA Norway in Norway + IVSA Thessaly in Thessaly Summer 2017: Re-exchange with IVSA Liverpool in Vienna

Veterinary University Vienna

The VUW is the only academic and research institution in Austria that focuses on the veterinary sciences and it's the oldest institution in this field in the German-speaking countries, founded in 1765. Since 1996 the university campus has been located in the 21st district of Vienna. About 1000 employees and 2300 students work on the campus which also houses the university's animal hospital and various spin-off-enterprises and branches of business partners. Our Mission: teaching with care, research with vision and treatment with ambition. The degree program of veterinary medicine takes 6 years divided into three study periods. The fifth year of studies includes clinical rotations, in the sixth year all students have to specialize. The fields of specialization are small animal medicine; equine medicine; ruminant medicine; poultry and swine medicine; food science, public health and health care; conservation medicine and reproductive biotechnology.

The university also provides students apartments, a new sports ground, a riding hall and a nice botanical garden to sit in and relax :)

In 2015 our university turned 250 years and the anniversary was celebrated with a big classical ball - very Viennese!

http://www.vu-wien.ac.at/en/