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Early registration deadline runs out on 12 May!

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

June 15, 2022

  • Residency application deadline for the July meeting of the Credentials Committee
  • Submission deadline for all additional items to be discussed at the July meeting of the Credentials Committee
  • Submission of all items to be addressed at the July Board meeting

June 23, 2022

  • Second early registration deadline for the 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting

June 30, 2022

  • Final deadline to pay the 2022 annual membership fee. If not paid by July 1, the membership status will be inactivated.

July 5-7, 2022

  • Board of Regents, Credentials Committee and Exam Committee Meetings in Porto, Portugal

July 7-9, 2022

  • 31th ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting in Porto, Portugal



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 2022

The 2022 congress will be a hybrid meeting. Registration is open now. More >

Support for Ukraine

A list of initiatives recommened by ECVS Diplomates to support Ukraine. More >