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Advancement through excellence

The European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) is recognised throughout the veterinary profession for its progressive leadership, innovative programmes in continuing education and for the high standard of professional excellence of its members, the Diplomates.

In order to become a Diplomate, veterinary surgeons, known as Residents, must undergo a rigorous training programme in either Large or Small animal surgery, supervised by recognised veterinary specialists e.g. other Diplomates or Professors of Surgery at a number of Universities. More >

For animal owners

We help veterinarians in Europe reach and maintain the highest level of excellence in their field which in turn means the best possible treatment for your pet.

Read our Mission Statement, learn more from our Frequently Asked Questions or Find an ECVS Specialist.

Dates for your diary

July 31, 2021

  • Deadline for annual reports to be submitted to the ECVS Office (incl. payment)
  • Re-certification submission deadline for Diplomates who were re-certified in 2017, have passed their exam in 2017 (or were due to re-certify in 2020 and profited of the additional COVID-19 year)

August 15, 2021

  • Deadline for credentials submissions and reference letters to be submitted to the ECVS Office (incl. payment)
  • Deadline for Residency applications for the September Credentials Committee meeting
  • Submission of all items for the September Credentials Committee and Board meeting

September 13-15, 2021

  • Credentials Committee meeting (location tbc)

September 16-17, 2021

  • Board of Regents meeting (location tbc)

October 25, 2021

  • Application deadline for the 2022 exam (Jan 31 - Feb 2; the option to sign up will only be open to Residents eligible to sit the exam in 2022)




The ECVS was founded in 1991 and continues to grow each year. More >


The ECVS aims to advance the art and science of veterinary surgery. More >

Annual Scientific Meeting 2021

Registration for the 2021 online Annual Scientific Meeting is open and the scientific programme is available. More >

ECVS Exam 2021

News about the ECVS exam 2021 under COVID-19 conditions are now online. More >

All registered exam candidates have been informed of the COVID contingency plans for the 2021 exam.

New Mock Exams online

The exam preparation information and mock exams have been updated. More >