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Advancement through excellence

The European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) is recognised throughout the veterinary profession for its progressive leadership, innovative programmes in continuing education and for the high standard of professional excellence of its members, the Diplomates.

In order to become a Diplomate, veterinary surgeons, known as Residents, must undergo a rigorous training programme in either Large or Small animal surgery, supervised by recognised veterinary specialists e.g. other Diplomates or Professors of Surgery at a number of Universities. More >

For animal owners

We help veterinarians in Europe reach and maintain the highest level of excellence in their field which in turn means the best possible treatment for your pet.

Read our MIssion Statement, learn more from our Frequently Asked Questions or Find an ECVS Specialist.

Dates for your diary

October 15, 2015

Any news or story that might be of interest to our diplomates and residents should be submitted by mid October to the ECVS office.

November 15, 2015

Recertification submission deadline for Diplomates who were recertified the first time in 2011 and for Diplomates having passed their examination in February 2011. Diplomates concerned will receive a reminder sometimes end of summer.
Please note that the feature to submit your recertification files is only active when you are due to submit.

November 17th, 2015 noon GMT 

Deadline for abstract submission for the 25th Annual Scientific Meeting in Lisbon! please make sure you have a login to submit your abstract ahead of time. The submission window will be closed at noon GMT - no extension granted!

December 1, 2015 

Deadline for Surgeon-in-training grant submission


The ECVS was founded in 1991 and continues to grow each year. More >


The ECVS aims to advance the art and science of veterinary surgery. More >

Become a Diplomate

Find out what’s involved in gaining an ECVS Diploma. More >

Find a specialist

Search the Directory of ECVS Diplomates. More >

Welcome to our new Diplomates 2015


Distinguished Service Award

Michael Schramme our treasurer has been honoured with the distinguished Service Award last Saturday during the closing session of the 24th  Annual Scientific Meeting in Berlin