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ACVS Diplomates wishing to obtain ECVS diplomate status

You have to seriously consider the following points before submitting the application file for evaluation and in case you find that any of these points do not meet your expectation of joining ECVS, it would be now the time to stop the process.

  1. By joining ECVS (in addition to ACVS) you will be required to pay two substantial membership fees (ACVS & ECVS). The Board of Regents of ECVS expects that you will pay your dues on time every year.
  2. Upon receipt of your first year annual fee payment, the certificate will be sent to you.
  3. Your membership should not only consist in paying your dues but in active participation and presence at the yearly Annual Meetings.
  4. All members of ECVS are required to recertify at the end of 5 years. The Board of Regents of ECVS expects from you that you will fulfil this requirement on time.
  5. Should you decide some time in the future that you would like to stop Membership of the ECVS, ECVS has the right to ask you to return the certificate to us.
  6. If you can accept the above-mentioned criteria without hesitation, we welcome you to apply for ECVS diplomate status and submit your credentials as mentioned below. 

ECVS Diplomate status will be granted to a Dip. ACVS if the following criteria are met:

  • A satisfactory moral and ethical standing in the profession.
  • A graduate of a veterinary college of a European country, unless relieved of this obligation by the Board of Regents.
  • Devotion of a minimum of four years after graduation from veterinary school to special training and experience in veterinary surgery i.e. have completed the equivalent of a one year rotating internship followed by a three year full time residency training programme which should meet the requirements of the European College as described in the current training brochure including a minimum of two peer reviewed publications as set out in the training brochure.
  • Have successfully passed the qualifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and be certified by the Board of Regents of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
  • If five years or more from attaining ACVS Diplomate status: fulfil the requirements for ECVS diplomate recertification.
  • Pay an application fee of: € 100 (please complete the payment form)

Submit the application file, as described in the Book of Procedures, for consideration by the Credentials Committe and the Board of Regents within the regular deadlines for the February, July or September meeting. One original signed file together with the electronic version of all documents (preferably as pdfs) must be submitted. (Recertification form in .docx format)

ACVS Diplomates should be aware that the requirements of the ECVS training brochure are not identical to those of the ACVS. This should be borne in mind when submitting an application to the Board of Regents of the ECVS.

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