Specialist Education

EBVS is a European organisation and focusses on the specific education and training of veterinarians who are able to be licensed to practice as a veterinarian in Europe. To find out about veterinary specialisation in different countries click on the Countries or Specialists icon below.

Veterinary specialist training takes at least 4 years after completing a veterinary degree. All EBVS Colleges have similar general requirements for specific education and training in and practice of the discipline in question. This is usually divided into two parts - an internship and a residency. An internship is an additional, initial period of training (not a period in general veterinary practice) of no less than one year prior to a residency. A residency is a second period of post-graduate training that is is designed to provide an in-depth education in the science and state of the art of the discipline in question. A residency can take a standard or alternate form and lasts at least thirty-six (36) months. A Standard Residency is a postgraduate training programme that has been pre-approved by the College. An Alternate Residency is a postgraduate training programme that has been tailor-made and approved for an individual. Standard and alternate residency programmes have identical requirements for resident activities and documentation as well as for supervision by an EBVS Diplomat. A Resident usually spends at least twenty-four (24) months under the direct supervision of an EBVS College Diplomat. There is a seven (7) year maximum time limit in which candidates must complete their residency training. To find out about internships and residencies in the different EBVS Colleges click on the Colleges icon below.

For more information about training and events offered by EBVS Colleges visit Events.

A number of recorded trainings are available for EBVS Diplomats after login to the Diplomate publications section, including Specialist Examiner TrainingRequest a login