EBVS® awards European Veterinary Specialist status based on a specialist diploma being awarded by one of the 27 recognized veterinary specialist colleges following the completion of rigorous postgraduate training, education, and examinations. In addition, European Veterinary Specialists are required to demonstrate every 5-years that they still satisfy the criteria for specialist status.

European Veterinary Specialists are ready to serve the public, its animals, and the veterinary profession by providing high quality service in disciplines as varied as anaesthesia and analgesia, clinical pathology, companion animal or equine internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, pathology, pharmacology and toxicology, public health , and zoological medicine.

The number of veterinarians active as European Veterinary Specialists has grown from 267 in 1996 to more than 4000 by 2018. To find a specialist by specialty or country please use the search function on this page.