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Board Examination 

ECVS Exam 2023: Sun, 5 - Tue, 7 February 2023

at the Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland.
The exam schedule is detailed below.

Exam Documents and Application Process

The Examination Guide has been updated in September 2021 and is valid from the 2022 exam onwards.

Residents eligible to sit the exam will be notified by the Office during autumn of the year preceding the exam. To sign up for the exam, candidates need to submit the online application (via 'Your ECVS') and send a scan of the signed and dated confidentiality form to [email protected] by October 25th of the year preceding the exam.

The online application via 'Your ECVS' is only open to candidates who have been invited to sit the exam. If you believe you should be able to apply for the exam, but cannot access the online registration, please contact [email protected].

Reading lists

from 2023 exam:

Exam Preparation

Details and information about the ECVS exam, its individual parts, marking, exam preparation etc. are available from the > ECVS Exam Preparation presentation.

The ECVS certifying examination explanatory video gives detailed insights into the three parts of the exam, the exam preparation process and how the exam is marked.


Mock Exams

The mock exams present a selection of questions from all exam parts for preparation purposes.
> Instructions how to access the mock exams

Link to ECVS Mock Exams

Model answers to the mock exam questions:

Small Animal Case-based       Small Animal Practical       Large Animal Case-based       Large Animal Practical

The Small Animal Case-based and Practical mock exams have been updated in August 2022.

Exam Schedule

The schedule of the 2023 board-certifying examination is as follows:

  • Saturday, 4 February: 18:00 Information session (participation is optional)
  • Sunday, 5 February: 08:00-10:00 / 10:30-12:30 Case-based exam (SA + LA)
  • Monday, 6 February: 08:00-10:00 / 10:30-12:30 Practical exam (SA + LA)
  • Tuesday, 7 February: 08:00-13:00 MCQ exam (SA + LA); candidates are free to leave when done.

All indicated times are Zurich local time (CET).

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