AVS at a glance
AVS stands for the Association of Veterinary Students
The AVS committee acts as a bridge between students and other areas of the profession by providing a voice for veterinary students.
Represent, support, engage – the aims of AVS.
Provides a platform through which students can voice their opinion about various topics in the regular published JAVS magazine and internet blogs (email Seth Kennard for more information - )
Hosts two of the most infamous veterinary social events of the year- sports weekend and congress.
Have developed pre-clinical and clinical EMS guides (a handy resource for all students).
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This weekend is a weekend that you 100% don’t want to miss. Some of the greatest memories from vet school are made at this weekend. Every year a different veterinary college hosts it. The weekend itself consists of dressing up in ridiculous costumes, the infamous ferry journey across the waters to the UK and to eventually end up in a club. The sports events and games follow the next day that ends in a pub crawl around the town. It is a weekend full of fun, enjoyment and over all great craic! Of all the events during the year, THIS is the one to save your money for and hopefully you’ll be lucky enough to bag yourself a ticket. First years – you will hear about this infamous event from everyone in older years and I really urge you to BELIEVE THE HYPE.
Congress weekend is another major event of the college year. Like the sports weekend it is hosted by a different college every year. There are many workshops held over the weekend which offer you the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge into many specialist areas of veterinary medicine. Many famous members of the veterinary community give talks and lectures which are extremely interesting. Every year it always ends with the Congress ball- a black tie, four-course dinner followed by a night on the dance floor. As with all AVS events it provides the opportunity to make friends and contacts from all the different veterinary colleges.
Name: Aine Mulcahy
Year: 3rd year
Why did you want to become a vet?
Ever since I was small I have always had my mind fully set on veterinary. I grew up on a farm and was always surrounded by animals from a very young age which fuelled my ambition to become a vet.
What it’s like being part of the AVS committee:
It’s great being involved with the AVS committee. It has given me the opportunity to make friends and connections with people from all the different veterinary colleges in the UK.
Being on the committee allows you to voice your opinion and the opinions of your fellow veterinary students. It gives you a sense of feeling part of something bigger. You are given the opportunity to make a difference in the student veterinary community in the UK and Ireland. Being a member of the AVS committee gives you the opportunity for regular (all expenses paid!) trips to the BVA headquarters in London. On these trips meetings are held and problems are discussed but also, they are always followed by an epic night out at the end! Another added benefit to being an AVS representative is the guaranteed free ticket to both the sports weekend and congress (extremely coveted items)!
Name: Daire O’ Driscoll
Year: 2nd Year
Why did you want to become a vet?
I grew up on a farm and so working with animals has always been part of my life. I then developed a keen interest in veterinary work and this was supported by my grandfather. After going on experience in transition year I decided veterinary was the life for me.
What it’s like being part of AVS committee:
Although I’ve only recently entered the AVS committee I have already been on our annual trip to London. It was a great opportunity to meet vet students in the UK (and the free bar wasn’t too bad also). I had been to the AVS Sportsweekend in Edinburgh and it was great craic and I would recommend to all vet students.