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COVID-19 Update

Updated: 7 September 2020

ECVS Exam 2021     Annual Scientific Meeting 2020      Residents & Supervisors      Diplomate Recertification      Veterinary Surgery

ECVS Exam 2021

At the moment, we are working on the assumption that the ECVS Exam 2021 will take place in Zurich at the beginning of February 2021. Further discussion will take place at the Board meeting on 24 and 25 September. All eligible candidates will be given further information after this meeting.

> ECVS exam

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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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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.

All recertification submissions received until the deadline 31 July 2020 have been evaluated by the Recertification Committee. The decision letters will be distributed after the Board meeting at the end of September.

Diplomates who were due to recertify in 2020 and did not submit their documents before 31 July have been given an additional year in line with the Board's decision to postpone recertification by one year due to COVID-19. Their certified status is now valid until 31 December 2021, and they need to submit their documents until 31 July 2021 for recertification from 1 January 2022 onwards.

> Revised recertification guidelines

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Veterinary Surgery

Veterinary Surgery was only available online for a certain period of time and is now being circulated again. Please find further details in the > information from Wiley Publishing. If you are missing an issue, please see 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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