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The European College of Veterinary Microbiology was founded in 2016 and is a constituent College of the European Board of Veterinary Specialization

What is the aim of the ECVM?

The ECVM aims to provide specialist training and certification of veterinarians in veterinary microbiology in Europe.

What is the mission of ECVM?

The mission of ECVM is to contribute significantly to the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of European Veterinary Specialists in Veterinary Microbiology across all European countries at the highest possible level to ensure that improved veterinary medical services will be provided to the public.

What are the objectives of ECVM?

The primary objectives of the College are the promotion of the study, research and practice of veterinary microbiology in Europe, and the enhancement of the competency of those who practice in this field by:

  • Establishing guidelines for post-graduate education and training as a prerequisite to becoming a European Specialist in veterinary microbiology;
  • Examining and authenticating veterinarians as European Specialists in veterinary microbiology who serve the veterinary patient, its owner and the public, by providing expert care for animals with microbiological disease;
  • Encouraging research and contributing to knowledge in all aspects of veterinary microbiology, and promoting the communication and dissemination of this knowledge;
  • The development, supervision and assessment of continuing education programmes in veterinary microbiology.

Training Programme to Achieve ECVM Diplomate Status

Each European College of Veterinary Microbiology (ECVM) residency programme is an approved training programme that allows a graduate veterinarian to acquire in-depth knowledge of veterinary microbiology and its supporting specialties under the guidance and supervision of Diplomate(s) of the ECVM. The minimal length of a residency programme is three years.

The objective of any ECVM Residency programme is to train Specialists in veterinary microbiology who will have the professional qualities and technical skills necessary for successful employment and the practice of the speciality. Moreover, residency programmes must aim for the development of a culture, which recognizes the importance of continuous professional development and engenders the necessary self-confidence, self-criticism and sense of responsibility expected in European Veterinary Specialists.

The overall aims of the residency programme are to:

  • Provide the resident with broadly-based theoretical and practical experience in veterinary microbiology;
  • Promote high quality training in the discipline of veterinary microbiology;
  • Provide the resident with the opportunity to pursue career goals (including teaching, research and diagnostic veterinary microbiology) in academia, industry and public service;
  • Meet the training requirements for candidates to take the ECVM certifying examination;
  • Be able to produce precise and concise reports and articles, including analysis of data and valid interpretations and conclusions, which are of a standard commensurate with publications in a peer reviewed scientific journal.