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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

May 9, 2019

June 15, 2019

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

July 3-4, 2019

  • Board of Regents and Credentials Committee meeting in Budapest, Hungary

July 4-6, 2019


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 >

New Diplomates 2019

Congratulations to the new Diplomates who passed the Board-certifying examination 2019. More >

Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

Registration for the ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting in Budapest is now open. More >

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