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Congratulations and welcome to the new >ECVS Diplomates 2023!

ECVS Exam 2024

Next ECVS exam: 4-6 February 2024, Zurich, Switzerland.

Exam Documents and Application Process

The Examination Guide has been updated in September 2021 and is valid from the 2022 exam onwards.

Residents eligible to sit the exam will be notified by the Office during autumn of the year preceding the exam. To sign up for the exam, candidates need to submit the online application (via 'Your ECVS') and send a scan of the signed and dated confidentiality form to [email protected] by October 25th of the year preceding the exam.

The online application via 'Your ECVS' is only open to candidates who have been invited to sit the exam. If you believe you should be able to apply for the exam, but cannot access the online registration, please contact [email protected].

Reading lists

from 2023 exam:

from 2024 exam:

Exam Preparation

Details and information about the ECVS exam, its individual parts, marking, exam preparation etc. are available from the > ECVS Exam Preparation presentation.

The ECVS certifying examination explanatory video gives detailed insights into the three parts of the exam, the exam preparation process and how the exam is marked.


Mock Exams

The mock exams present a selection of questions from all exam parts for preparation purposes.
> Instructions how to access the mock exams

Link to ECVS Mock Exams

Model answers to the mock exam questions:

Small Animal Case-based       Small Animal Practical       Large Animal Case-based       Large Animal Practical

The Small Animal Case-based and Practical mock exams have been updated in August 2022.


ECVS Exam 2023 Location

Courtyard Marriott Zurich North, Max-Bill-Platz 19, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland

Public Transport:

  • Tram no. 10 (pink) runs between the main station (stop “Bahnhofplatz/HB”) and the airport (stop “Zürich Flughafen”) and stops at “Bahnhof Oerlikon Ost”. It’s a short walk from there to the Courtyard Marriott.
  • A large number of trains going between the airport and the main station stop at “Bahnhof Oerlikon”. It’s a short walk from there to the Courtyard Marriott.
  • “Bahnhof Oerlikon” is also served by tram 11 (green). “Bahnhof Oerlikon Ost” is also served by tram 14 (blue).
  • The bus stop “Max-Bill-Platz” is right in front of the hotel and is served by buses 64, 75, and 80.

Useful links:

Swiss national railways (also gives local transport information)

Zurich local transport offers a 3 days pass (72h) for CHF 53,-

On-site car parking available at a daily charge.

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