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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

August 15, 2019

  • Deadline for credentials submission and reference letters to be submitted to the ECVS Office incl. payment.
  • Deadline for residency applications for the September Credentials Committee meeting
  • Submission of all items for the September Credentials Committee and Board of Regents meeting

September 9-10, 2019

  • Large Animal Exam Committee meeting in Zurich

September 12-13, 2019

  • Small Animal Exam Committee meeting

September 16-20, 2019

  • Credentials Committee and Board of Regents meeting in Zurich


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 >

Proceedings 2019

The proceedings of the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting are available online and as a PDF file. More >

Attendance Certificate

Delegates of the ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting can download their attendance certificate directly from the 'your ECVS' area. More >

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