European College of Veterinary Microbiology

Aim: Providing training and certification of veterinarians in veterinary microbiology in Europe.

Mission: The mission of the College 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.


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

  1. Establishing guidelines for post-graduate education and training as a prerequisite to become a European Specialist in veterinary microbiology;
  2. 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;
  3. Encouraging research and other contributions to knowledge in all aspects of veterinary microbiology, and promoting the communication and dissemination of this knowledge;
  4. The development, supervision and assessment of continuing education programmes in veterinary microbiology.

Training Programme to Achieve ECVM Diplomate Status 

A 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 who will have the qualities, professional and technical skills necessary for successful employment in professional environments, with self-confidence, self-criticism and sense of responsibility that are essential for the practise of the speciality. Moreover, residency programmes must aim for the development of a culture, which recognizes the importance of continuous professional development.

The overall aims of the residency programme are to:

  1. Provide the resident with broadly-based theoretical and practical experience in veterinary microbiology;
  2. promote high quality training in the discipline of veterinary microbiology;
  3. provide the resident with the opportunity to pursue career goals (such as teaching, research and diagnostic veterinary microbiology) in academia, industry or public service;
  4. meet the training requirements of the ECVM Executive Committee for candidates to take the ECVM certifying examination;
  5. be able to produce precise and concise reports and manuscripts, including analysis of data and valid interpretations and conclusions, of a standard commensurate with publications in a peer reviewed journal.

Board Members