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Types of ECVM Training Centre

All institutions willing to contribute to training of residents must be approved by the Education Committee.

  • Approved Training Centre

Training centres that fulfil all requirements to run a Standard Residency Programme will be designated as an “Approved Training Centre” (ATC). Approval is provided to the centre for five years. (For further information on Residency Programmes see Section IIII and Appendix II of this document).

  • Satellite Training Centre

Training centres which fulfil only specific aspects of veterinary microbiology (e.g. residents having access to only specific aspects of veterinary microbiology or animal species) allowing for contribution to residents’ training by offering regular rotations in their institutions under Diplomate supervision will be designated as a “Satellite Training Centre” (STC). Approval is provided to the centre for five years.

All other centres where residents are engaged in an alternate residency programme or where they may rotate for short periods will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Approval will be granted only if the details provided with the application (location, duration, minimum standard of facilities, services and equipment) are deemed satisfactory.

Requirements to Register as an ECVM Training Centre

Approved and Satellite Training Centres are required to provide a minimum standard of facilities, services and equipment. Availability of such facilities must be documented at the time of centre approval. Basic centre requirements may include:

  • Microbiology laboratory facilities

involved in the detection of microbial pathogens of veterinary interest that meet the following standards: compliance with health and safety standards; written operational procedures; use of current methodologies and technologies; a quality management programme; a documentation of personnel training and development.

  • Library

containing current textbooks and journals relating to veterinary microbiology and its supporting disciplines must be readily accessible directly or electronically. In addition, access to relevant websites concerning veterinary microbiology must be readily available.

  • Clinical and post-mortem examination facilities

suitable for veterinary training.

  • Sufficient case load and sample throughput

for specialisation in veterinary microbiology. The case load must be such as to provide material for the preparation in total, of at least two case reports, dealing with different species of domesticated animals (Appendix III.B).

Application to Register as an ECVM Training Centre

  • ECVM Diplomates seeking full (ATC) or partial (STC) approval of their institution to become a training centre must provide satisfactory evidence proving that they offer sufficient facilities and a programme or part of a programme that fulfils the necessary criteria for approval as a training centre.
  • Applications should be completed, signed and returned electronically to the Secretary of the College and the Chairperson of the Education Committee. It is important to state clearly who will be acting as Residency Programme Director and Resident Supervisor(s). The applicable training centre approval fee must be submitted with every application.
  • Upon approval by the Education Committee, the Executive Committee will consider the application at its next meeting, and if the proposed programme is approved, the Centre will be designated as an Approved Training Centre to run Standard Residency Programmes or, if applicable, a Satellite Training Centre to contribute to residents’ training in respect of some specific aspects of veterinary microbiology.
  • Approval is granted for a five-year period, and re-approval is necessary every five years thereafter.
  • The Residency Programme Director is responsible to the ECVM for the smooth running of the residency programme (according to the content of the programme itself, facilities, rotations, etc) in the centre for which the approval has been granted. He/she is responsible for sending the documents requested for approval/re-approval of the training centre and residency programme to the Education Committee of the ECVM, and for communicating any modification of the programme to the Secretary of the College and the Chairperson of the Education Committee. A Residency Programme Director must be a practising ECVM Diplomate as approved by the Education Committee.
  • The Resident Supervisor is responsible for the resident’s programme. He/she defines the details and structures, within the framework of the approved programme, for the resident(s) programme. He/she has an educational role, and provides supervision for research projects, case log and case reports. The supervisor is responsible for the official communication to the ECVM regarding the resident(s). He/she submits the Supervisor Reports annually as well as the final recommendation letter. A supervisor must be a practising ECVM Diplomate. A supervisor shall have no more than two residents following standard residency programmes; in exceptional cases three such residents can be allowed, for a restricted time period.
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Re-approval of an ECVM Training Centre and Residency Programme

Re-approval of training centres and residency programmes is necessary every five years. Approval applies to the programme at the named institution and as long as it is supervised by the named Residency Programme Director. Any changes in the structure of the programme or in Diplomates working at the institution must be notified as soon as they happen to the Secretary of the College and the Chairperson of the Education Committee. The approval of the programme will be suspended immediately if the above-mentioned changes are not communicated to the College within one month of their occurence.