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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

March 31, 2020

  • Deadline for 2020 membership fees.

May 6, 2020

June 15, 2020

  • Deadline for residency applications to be discussed at the Credentials Committee's July meeting
  • Submission deadline for all items to be discussed by the Board of Regents and Credentials Committee in July

June 18, 2020




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 >

Examination Guide Update

The ECVS Examination Guide has been updated and is valid from the 2020 exam onwards. More >

CE Courses and Meetings

Check our CE page for regular updates about third party courses and scientific meetings. More >

Annual Scientifc Meeting 2020

Registration for the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting in Valencia is now open. More >

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