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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. 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.

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


Michael has given presentations at various national and international meetings on topics ranging from feline pelvic fractures to the management of canine oral cancer. He has also run various advanced practical courses for other vets on fracture fixation and joint surgery and continues to give regular talks at local, national and international meetings.

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