International Veterinary Nurses
                           and Technicians Association

The IVNTA is an association of member countries which seeks to foster and promote links with
Veterinary Nursing / Veterinary Technician staff worldwide by communication and co-operation.

IVNTA History

It started in Vienna at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress in October 1991, where 25 delegates representing 11 countries attended an International Round Table.

The purpose was to provide a forum where nurses and veterinary surgeons from all over the World could get together to discuss veterinary nursing and the establishment of an International Association.

More than two years of planning and preparation came to fruition in October 1993 in England, where VN and VT representatives from 12 countries met to establish the International Veterinary Nurses and Technicians Association. There were 70 delegates traveling from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Finland, Ghana and Japan. These, joined with over 1,000 British delegates with the 20th Annual Congress of the BVNA, made it a truly international event.

The Aims of the Association set in 1993

  • To promote the profession of Veterinary Nursing / Veterinary Technology worldwide.
  • Raise the standards of Veterinary Nursing / Veterinary Technician training and care.
  • Provide mutual help and support between member countries.
  • Encourage mutual understanding and recognition of qualifications.
  • Liaise with all interested parties.
  • Foster an exchange of experience, knowledge and staff between member countries.