About Us

Martinus de Bruingebouw: Department of veterinary health care for farm animalsIn 1821, due to the general lack of knowledge about veterinary health, the National Veterinary School was founded in Utrecht. The founders hoped that the scientifically trained veterinarians would be able to cure diseases in livestock, as there had been three large epidemics of cattle plague in the 18th century. The school also trained 'horse doctors', which where desperately needed in the army.

Primarily due to the scientific developments in veterinary medicine, such as effective therapies and vaccines, veterinary medicine became a respected profession around 1910. Later the profession expanded to include care for small pets and quality control for meat and dairy products. The education also improved. In 1918 the school changed its name to the Veterinary College, and in 1925 it became the Veterinary Faculty of the State University of Utrecht.

Around 1960 the demand for veterinarians increased significantly. The faculty outgrew its home in the city centre of Utrecht and moved to an expansive and modern facility on the Uithof university campus.

About us

IVSA stands for International Veterinary Students' Association. We arrange individual internships abroad and individual internships here in the Netherlands for foreign veterinary students.


  • 15.06.2018-17.06.2018 2nd European Veterinary Students Seminar in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 16.07.2018-27.07.2018 67th IVSA Congress in Kraków, Poland