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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

December 1, 2021

December 15, 2021

January 15, 2022

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

January 30 - February 1, 2020:

  • Board certifying examination in Zurich, Switzerland

February 1 - 2, 2022

  • Credentials Committee meeting (location tbd)

February 3 - 4, 2022

  • Board of Regents meeting (location tbd)



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 >

Abstracts 2022

Abstract submission for the Annual Scientific Meeting 2022 in Porto, Portugal is now open via 'your ECVS'. More >

Online Congress 2021

The full content of the ECVS online Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 is still accessible to registered delegates. More >