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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

November 2020

  • Small and Large Animal Exam Committee Meetings (online)

November 30, 2020

December 1, 2020

December 15, 2020

  • 12:00 (noon, GMT, sharp): Abstract submission deadline for the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting. The system will close automatically at 12:00.

January 1, 2021

  • ​2021 membership fees are payable via 'your ECVS' (Annual Renewal)

January 15, 2021

  • 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


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 >


Further details about the 2021 board-certifying examination are now available. More >

Research Grant

The guidelines and application forms for the Resident Research Grant have been updated. More >

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission for the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting is now live. More >

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