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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

December 15, 2019

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020

  • The ECVS Office remains closed for Christmas and the New Year.

December 31, 2019

  • Resubmission deadline for annual reports as requested by the Credentials Committee
  • Deadline for Programme Recertification submissions requested by the Programme Recertification Committee

January 1, 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 >

NEW Abstract Submission Deadline

The abstract submission for the Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 has been extended to 15 December. 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 >

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