19.05.2014 | 07:05

New European colleges for aquaculture and emergency care

Veterinary specialists in aquaculture or in emergency and critical care now have their own European college.





The European College of Aquatic Animal Health (ECCAH) and the European College of Emergency & Critical Care (ECECC) were provisionally accepted by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) during its annual general meeting, held in Brussels on 11 and 12 April. This brings the total number of Colleges to 25.

An initiative to set up a European College of Veterinary Microbiology – including virology, bacteriology and mycology - was met favourably and a full proposal will be presented at the AGM next year.

Didier-Noël Carlotti, Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology, was the first-ever recipient of the EBVS award.

Stephen May, EBVS President commented: “The award is presented to Didier in recognition of his dedication, efforts and achievements in the cause of veterinary specialisation across the board of veterinary specialities in France, as the result of which European Veterinary Colleges have received a full official recognition by regulatory authorities”.

In Brussels, the EBVS executive committee was re-elected unanimously for 2014-2015, consisting of Stephen May (ECVS) – president; Linda Horspool (ECVPT) – secretary; Mona Aleksandersen (ECVP) – treasurer; Dominiek Maes (ECPHM) – vice-president and Peter O’Brien (ECVCP) – past president.

The EBVS assembly also discussed internal and European matters, including the new Professional Qualifications directive, a common European training framework for veterinary specialisation and the VetCEE accreditation scheme for middle-tier veterinary postgraduate training programmes.

Next year’s AGM will take place on 17 and 18 April 2015.


• The European Board of Veterinary Specialisation is the governing body for veterinary speciality boards in Europe.

• The main objectives and duties of the EBVS are to:

  • recognise new speciality colleges
  • set up and maintain a register of European veterinary specialists
  • assure the quality of these specialists by monitoring the colleges
  • encourage and promote the enhanced utilisation and availability of speciality services to the public and the veterinary profession

• For more information, please contact EBVS at info@ebvs.org

Photo:  Youssef Tamzali (ECEIM) from France, receiving the EBVS award on behalf of Didier-Noël Carlotti (background image) from Stephen May, EBVS president. (photo © K. de Lange)

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