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COVID-19 Update

Updated: 19 May 2020

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Annual Scientific Meeting, Valencia

We have had to take the very difficult decision to cancel our meeting in Valencia.  The Board would like to thank the Programme Committee, local organisers and the speakers for all the hard work they put into organizing this meeting.  We must now divert our full energy to the delivery of an outstanding meeting in Antwerp 2021 while we continue to investigate the possibilities of hosting the meeting in Valencia in the future.

> Annual Scientific Meeting 2020

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Annual Business Meeting

Given the cancellation of the Annual Scientific Meeting and in accordance with COVID-19 Ordinance 2, issued by the Swiss Federal Council on 13 March 2020, the ECVS Annual Business Meeting will take place in an online format on 3 July 2020. More detailed information is available to all Diplomates in their personal 'your ECVS' area and will be sent via email.

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Residents in training and supervisors

Residents, supervisors and programme directors are seeing an enormous reduction in surgical caseload as clinics have to adjust to new working conditions and reduced resources.  Also, with meeting cancellations, residents will be concerned about presentations they were due to give.  We understand that these events might have an impact on a resident’s ability to complete their credentials submission.  We would like to reassure you all that the Credentials Committee and the Board are working on a flexible approach to the credentialing process that takes into account COVID-19-influenced events.  Of course, this must be done whilst simultaneously protecting the integrity of the credentialing process.

> Detailed COVID-19 reporting instructions

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Diplomate Recertification

For everybody who is due to recertify in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 the deadline will be postponed by one year.

> Revised recertification guidelines

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The > lists of accepted abstracts is online. The ECVS has arranged with Veterinary Surgery and Wiley Publishing that accepted abstracts can still be published in Veterinary Surgery (online) in July. Authors of an accepted abstract have been informed of their possibilities and choices.

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Virtual Resident Forum

The ECVS Resident Forum 2020 took place in an online format on Thursday, 2 July 2020, 16:00 (CET). We thank everybody who took on this special challenge - the Residents, the Chairs and the Discussants - and our sponsor AO VET for their support in making this happen.

> ECVS online Resident Forum 2020

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Veterinary Surgery

Veterinary Surgery will only be available online until further notice. Please find further details in the > information from Wiley Publishing. All ECVS Diplomates can find the instructions how to access Veterinary Surgery online in the 'your ECVS' area: Overview: Update your details at the bottom of the page where the address preferences for Veterinary Surgery are set.

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Annual cycle of College committee meetings

We can do much of our business through correspondence via email and with “virtual meetings”.  It is a different way of doing things but this pandemic should not prevent us from coordinating College business efficiently and effectively.

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