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Board Examination 

ECVS Exam 2024: 4-6 February

at Careum Auditorium, Pestalozzistr. 11, 8044 Zurich, Switzerland

Please see the bottom of the page for the exam schedule and a map of the location.

Exam Documents and Application Process

ECVS Examination Guide

The Examination Guide has been updated in September 2023 and is valid from the 2024 exam onwards.

Residents eligible to sit or re-sit the exam will be notified by the Office during autumn of the year preceding the exam and will receive a personal letter with detailed instructions how to sign up for the exam.

For a complete exam registrations, 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 and will open at a defined time after release of the invitation letters. 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.

Exam 2024 Schedule

The schedule for the 2024 exam is as follows (all indicated times are CET, Zurich local time):

  • Sunday, 14 January 2024, 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET online Q&A session
  • Saturday, 3 February 2024: 18:00 information session
  • Sunday, 4 February 2024: 08:00-10:30 / 11:00-13:30 Case-based exam (2 sessions of 2.5 hrs each with 1/2 hr break)
  • Monday, 5 February 2024: 08:00-10:30 / 11:00-13:30 Pracitcal exam (2 sessions of 2.5 hrs each with 1/2 hr break)
  • Tuesday, 6 February 2024: 08:00-13:00 MCQ exam

ll candidates and their partners are invited to a post-exam get-together on Tuesday, 6.02.2024 after the end of the exam.

ECVS 2024 Exam Location

The ECVS exam 2024 will be held at Careum Auditorium in Zurich, Switzerland.

Public transport to Careum Auditorium

The following tram stops are close to Careum Auditorium:

  • ETH / Universitätsspital (served by trams no. 5 / dark brown, 6 / light brown, 8 / green, 9 / purple and 10 / pink)
  • Kantonsschule (served by trams no. 5 / dark brown, 8 / green and 9 / purple)
  • Platte (served by trams no. 5 / dark brown and 6 / light brown)

Useful links:

A parking garage (extra charge) is available right next to Careum Auditorium.

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