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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

September 9-10, 2019

  • Large Animal Exam Committee meeting in Zurich

September 12-13, 2019

  • Small Animal Exam Committee meeting in Cambridge

September 16-20, 2019

  • Credentials Committee and Board of Regents meeting in Zurich

October 25, 2019

  • Application deadline for the 2020 exam (the option to sign up will only be open to Residents eligible to sit the exam in 2020)


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 >

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission for the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 is now open. More >

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