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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 15, 2023

  • Residency application deadline for the July meeting of the Credentials Committee (to be submitted via RED)
  • Submission deadline for all additional items to be discussed at the July Credentials Committee meeting
  • Submission deadline for all items to be addressed at the July Board meeting

June 22, 2023

  • Second early registration deadline for the 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

June 30, 2023

  • Final deadline to pay the 2023 annual membership fee. If not paid by July 1, the membership status will be inactivated.

July 5-6, 2023

  • Board of Regents, Credentials Committee, and Exam Committee meetings in Cracow, Poland

July 6-8, 2023

  • 32nd ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting in Cracow, Poland


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 >

Resident Applications via RED

The application function for new Residents is now available via RED More >

ECVS Membership Fee 2023

The 2023 membership fee for Diplomates is now payable via 'your ECVS'.