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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, 2018

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

June 30, 2018

  • Very last day to pay the 2018 membership fee. If dues are not paid in full by July 1st, 2018, your membership status will become inactive until all back payments, including additional surcharges, are paid in full.

July 4-5, 2018

  • Board of Regents and committee meetings in Athens, Greece

July 5-7, 2018


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 >

Scientific Programme

The short communication sessions and poster have been added to the small and large animal programmes. Be sure to regularly check for updates.

Accepted Abstracts

The lists of accepted abstracts for the Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 are now published. > Small Animal > Large Animal

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