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Veterinary Specialist?

What is a Veterinary Specialist?

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.


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.

The examination, also termed the “Board Exam”, is extremely demanding and takes place over 3 days.


Once qualified, recognised specialists must keep up to date with scientific advances by attending specific specialist surgical conferences all over the world.


Failure to do so will result in a surgeon being stripped of their specialist status.

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