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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

September 13-15, 2021

  • Credentials Committee meeting (location tbc)

September 16-17, 2021

  • Board of Regents meeting (location tbc)

October 25, 2021

  • Application deadline for the 2022 exam (Jan 31 - Feb 2; the option to sign up will only be open to Residents eligible to sit the exam in 2022)

December 1, 2021

  • Deadline for Resident Research Grant submissions

December 15, 2021

  • 12:00 (noon) GMT sharp - abstract submission deadline for the 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting. The system will close automatically at 12:00.




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 >

Abstracts 2022

Abstract submission for the Annual Scientific Meeting 2022 in Porto, Portugal is now open via 'your ECVS'.