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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

January 15, 2022

  • Residency application deadline for the February meeting of the Credentials Committee
  • Submission deadline for all additional items to be discussed at the February Credentials Committee meeting
  • Submission of all items to be addressed at the February Board meeting

January 30 - February 1, 2022:

  • Board certifying examination in Zurich, Switzerland

January 31 - February 2, 2022

  • Credentials Committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland

February 3 - 4, 2022

  • Board of Regents meeting in Zurich, Switzerland

March 31, 2022

  • Deadline for 2022 membership fees



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 >

Online Congress 2021

The content of the ECVS online Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 remains accessible until 15 January 2022. More >