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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

March 31, 2018

  • Deadline for 2018 membership fees. Please pay your fee via 'your ECVS' (annual renewal). Invoices and receipts can be printed from the 'your ECVS' area as well.

May 31, 2018

June 15, 2018

  • Residency application deadline for applications to be reviewed at the July Credentials Committee meeting.
  • Submission deadline for additional items to be discussed at the July Credentials Committee meeting.
  • Submission deadline for all items to be discussed by the Board of Regents at the July meeting.


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 >

Welcome New Diplomates

Congratulations to the candidates who passed the 2018 exam and can now proudly call themselves ECVS Diplomates. More >

Annual Scientific Meeting 2018

Registration for the 27th Annual Scientific Meeting is now open. Programme information is continously being updated. More >

Accepted Abstracts

The lists of accepted abstracts for the Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 are now published. > Small Animal > Large Animal

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