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Exam Update

The ECVS Exam 2021 takes place 3-5 July 2021

UK, Germany, France

The ECVS exam 2021 will be delivered across three centres in Europe: One centre in the UK (London, RVC Camden Campus), one in Germany (Frankfurt, Design Offices, Wiesenhüttenplatz 25, 60329 Frankfurt) and one in France (Lyon, VetAgro Sup, Campus Vétérinaire de Lyon, Marcy L’Etoile).

All candidates have been asked to sign up for one of these centres. In selecting these destinations, we have considered both current place of residence for the majority of candidates as well as accessibility by ground and air travel from a number of countries. At the same time, further contingency plans are being made to potentially deliver the examination in each country where a candidate is located to allow each and every candidate to be able to sit the exam in 2021.

All registered candidates and their supervisors are regularly being updated about the exam organization via personal email.

> Exam schedule

From 2022 onwards, the ECVS exam will again be run according to its regular schedule:

ECVS Exam 2022: 31 January - 2 February 2022

Exam Documents and Application Process

ECVS Examination Guide

The Examination Guide has been updated in September 2019 and is valid from the 2020 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 exam@ecvs.org 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 exam@ecvs.org.

Reading lists for 2021 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.

Please note that certain aspects of the technical set-up may be different for the 2021 exam from what is described in the presentation. All exam candidates will be informed of the to be expected exam conditions in due course.

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

Exam Schedule

The ECVS exam 2021 will be run at the exact same time across all locations. Candidates potentially sitting the exam in different time zones will be required to adhere to this schedule:

  • Friday, 2 July: evening, live online information session for all candidates to dial into
  • Saturday, 3 July: Case-based exam 09:00 - 11:00 / 11:30 - 13:30 CEST (08:00 - 10:00 / 10:30 - 12:30 BST)
  • Sunday, 4 July: Practical exam 09:00 - 11:00 / 11:30 - 13:30 CEST (08:00 - 10:00 / 10:30 - 12:30 BST)
  • Monday, 5 July: MCQ exam 09:00 - 14:00 CEST (08:00 - 13:00 BST)

Getting Around

The following tram stops are close to the Vetsuisse faculty (Tierspital):

  • Tierspital (closest stop): trams no. 7 (black) and no. 9 (purple)
  • Milchbuck (walk through the Irchel park to the clinic): trams no. 7 (black), no. 9 (purple), no. 10 (pink, from / to the airport) and no. 14 (blue)
  • Uni Irchel (walk through the Irchel park to the clinic): trams no. 9 (purple) and no. 10 (pink)

For further information, visit the Zurich public transport webpage > ZVV.

Campus map:

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