The European Diploma in Surgery is internationally recognised as the highest level of surgical qualification available within the veterinary profession. It indicates that the holder has undergone several years of extensive training under the direct supervision of other recognised specialists in the field of surgery. In Michael’s case, he spent four years at Cambridge University as a Resident in Surgery, where he was trained in all aspects of orthopaedic, soft tissue and neurosurgery by some of the best surgeons in the world.
To ensure the highest standards, to be eligible to sit the European Diploma examination candidates must satisfy strict criteria in terms of case numbers and types of surgery over the period of their specialist training. There are also additional requirements, which include the publication of surgical research papers and the attendance at specialist meetings in Europe and the USA.