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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

June 30, 2022

  • Final deadline to pay the 2022 annual membership fee. If not paid by July 1, the membership status will be inactivated.

July 5-7, 2022

  • Board of Regents, Credentials Committee and Exam Committee Meetings in Porto, Portugal

July 7-9, 2022

  • 31th ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting in Porto, Portugal

July 31, 2022

  • Deadline for annual reports to be submitted (incl. payment)
  • Recertification submission deadline for Diplomates who were recertified in 2018 or have passed their exam in 2018 (or were due to recertify in 2021 and profited from the additional COVID-19 year)

August 15, 2022

  • Deadline for credentials submissions and reference letters to be submitted (incl. payment)
  • Deadline for Residency applications for the September Credentials Committee meeting
  • Submission deadline for all additional items to be discussed at the September Board and Credentials Committee meeting



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 >

Annual Scientific Meeting 2022

Looking forward to the 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting in Porto! More >

Support for Ukraine

A list of initiatives recommened by ECVS Diplomates to support Ukraine. More >