Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) is a specialist student
division of the British
Veterinary Association (BVA). As a student studying for a veterinary
degree, you are automatically a member of AVS. The AVS committee
is made up of student representatives from each of the UK and Ireland
AVS was founded in 1942 with the aim of improving undergraduate
education through the liaison of students from different Vet Schools.
The AVS remains dedicated to this aim and also brings together students
from every Vet School for social events throughout the year.
BVA is the national representative body for the veterinary profession
in the UK. Membership of the BVA is voluntary, unlike the Royal
College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), which is the statutory
body. Membership of the RCVS is compulsory, as you cannot practice
veterinary medicine in the UK without your MRCVS (Member of the
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons).