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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

January 1, 2019

  • The ECVS Annual Membership fee becomes payable via the 'your ECVS' area.

February 4-6, 2019

February 4-8, 2019

  • Credentials Committee, Exam Committee and Board of Regents meeting in Zurich

March 31, 2019

  • Deadline for 2019 membership fee. From 1 April onwards, a € 30,- penalty becomes payable.


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 >

Exam 2019

Residents eligible to sit the exam 2019 have been notified. More >

Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

Registration for the ECVS Annual Scientific Meeting in Budapest is now open. More >

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