IVSA SA Executive Committee

Chairperson and Secretory: Lilianne Tran

My name is Lilianne Tran, I am a third-year international student from the freezing region of Manitoba, Canada. My portfolio in IVSA South Africa is President & Secretary. I’m ready to work hard behind the scenes to keep IVSA organized and help lead this awesome committee to achieve all our goals. I am beyond honoured to be able to be President of a committee I am so passionate about, and I am excited for all the upcoming projects this term will bring. I am a huge bibliophile, an avid entomologist and am always looking to get yet another tattoo. My hope is to one day become a wildlife vet with an emphasis on conservation. I came to South Africa for its diverse wildlife and ended up falling madly in love with rashers. All in all, I hope to get the most out of this amazing opportunity I have been given and make this beautiful country my home away from home.

Vice-Chairperson and OIE Junior Ambassador: Nabeelah Rajah

I’m Nabeelah Rajah, a third year vet student. I am proud to be the Vice President and OIE Junior Ambassador for our South African member organization. As the Vice-President, I’m here to support my President in every way possible.
I love falcons.
I’m afraid of the dark, spiders and clowns.
I love meeting new people, giving back and making even the tiniest difference!
My job is to work under OIE, promoting the One Health approach in community development, and increasing awareness of Rabies, TB and running relevant campaigns to educate people about all things related to public health.
I also know that my job can’t be done alone, and want to share the opportunities I have to make a positive change with YOU! Let’s work together to make a difference wherever possible.

Treasurer: Vaisshnavi Harrichund

Hi, I'm Vaisshnavi Harrichund and I am the treasurer of IVSA SA. I am currently in third year and I am very interested in wildlife. I enjoy reading, crocheting and spending time with my dogs. I knew I wanted to be a part of the IVSA family after attending the Congress in 2018 and seeing what an immense impact this organization has on vet students around the world.  I am excited to contribute my skills and help the IVSA grow and continue to do good. I look forward to this wonderful experience. 

Exchange Officer: Genna Robinson

My name is Genna Robinson and I am one of the Exchange Officers for IVSA South Africa. I am super excited for the term ahead and to assist our wonderful exchange students, enable our members to experience the world's various cultures through the IVSA family and to grow our family through relationships and connections wherever possible. I look forward to what lies ahead!

Exchange Officer: Chris Volschenk

Having been an international student back in 2016, when I studied at the University
of Antwerp (Belgium) - Special shoutout to my IMPRES Lab friends ;) , I found that moving to a completely different continent can really get to you in ways you cannot imagine (both good and bad).  Now that I am working towards my veterinary degree and serve as an Exchange Officer on the IVSA South African branch, I would very much like to give back to other international students who come and visit my country and campus, by giving them the same experience that I had back in Belgium.
I would very much like to contribute to as many exchange students’ life-changing moments as possible. IVSA gives me
the opportunity to do exactly just that, and I cannot wait to meet as many people from around the world as possible!!

Exchange Officer: Maximillian Krings

Hi, I am a third year international student and I serve as an Exchange Officer in the IVSA committee. I grew up on a farm in northern Namibia surrounded by many kinds of animals. I am always ready for adventures especially involving the outdoors, exploring new places and I also enjoy meeting new people. 

As EO I am aiming to increase the international engagement with other students around the world in order to promote education and knowledge. I am very gratetful for this opportunity and I will do my best to get the most out of it!

Community Engagement: Michelle Venter

Hi my name is Michelle Venter

I am a third year veterinary science student from the beautiful South Africa. I grew up in a very small town where traffic is defined as 5 cars at the stop street. I’m a shy person with a big heart for people. I’m always down for spontaneous adventures, a cup of coffee and long naps. My portfolio is community engagement. Through this I hope to impact as many people as possible with one small act of kindness at a time. 

Public Relations and Media: Andrea Lau

Hey there! I am a fourth year vet student whose part-time occupation is being a Foodie. I enjoy exercising – be it going to the gym, playing sports or walking the dogs. I like to spice things up by trying new things and I am always keen for spontaneous escapades. However, I am still content with a good book or a anything-but-romance movie.

My portfolio is Public relations and Media and my aim is  to ensure that everyone is updated with accurate information timeously. I am honoured to be part of IVSA and am excited to give back to our communities through our many events. Keep a look out on our social platforms for more information!

Networking: Andricia Padayachee

Hey there! I am a 3rd year Vet student who loves to travel. My interests are superheroes, anime and basically anything you can find at Comic Con. I enjoy listening to music and learning about different people and their cultures. My guilty pleasures are coffee, KDramas and chocolate chip cookies.


My role as Networking Representative is about getting the IVSA more known within our faculty. The IVSA is an interesting and unique organisation and through my portfolio I hope to get the Onderstepoort students more involved with the IVSA and its projects. This is a new portfolio and I am excited to create new projects and traditions with it.

Animal Welfare: Shira-lee Samson

I'm Shira and I am the Animal Welfare Ambassador for IVSA South Africa. I am extremely passionate about animal welfare and I hope some day to work in this field. While most of us don't like being faced with the ugliness in the world, I believe it's important to combat it head on with kindness, compassion and education. We, as vet students, have a duty to be a voice for the voiceless and do our part in improving the lives of those that can't help themselves. Super keen for my term and I hope together we can make a difference while still having a good time! 

SCOVE Ambassador: Ashley Heymans

My name is Ashley Heymans and I'm in my 4th year. This year, I changed my portfolio to take on the job of SCoVE Ambassador - SCoVE is the Standing Committee on Veterinary Education. 

I'm excited about this portfolio as I think there are many facets to education in the veterinary field - education of veterinary students on information within the field, education of veterinary professionals about new concepts being discovered currently, and even education of members of the public about aspects of veterinary science that may be useful to them. We have so many knowledgeable people at our faculty with expertise and experiences in the field, and I hope to help share this with other veterinary science students around the world through my position as SCoVE Ambassador.

SAVA Representative and Alumni: Shannon Thompson

Hi everyone, I’m Shannon Thompson. My position on the IVSA committee is as the SAVA and Alumni representative. I’m currently in fourth year, and I’m a farm girl from Kimberley in the Northern Cape. I love horse riding, reading and milkshakes.

Student Wellness: Zimaseka Pamela Basjan

Hi! I’m Zimaseka Pamela Basjan, I am in third year and my profile is Student Wellness. I'm a people’s person, bubbly and extroverted. I tend to be quiet at first, but once you get to know me, I don’t shut up. I really enjoy meeting and working with a lot of different people. I love singing and acting. I joined IVSA because I want to make a difference!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” 
Mark Twain