Postgraduate Veterinary Studies
"A must for all vets"
Once qualified, most veterinarians regularly update their knowledge
in their chosen field by going to meetings and congresses, reading
scientific publications and attending training courses. This is
called continuing professional development (CPD), Life Long Learning
(LLL) or "further education".
In some countries, certificates or degrees may be obtained after
having proven a certain level of advanced skills and knowledge in
a particular domain. The required levels of these degrees concerned
may vary greatly from country to country (sometimes even from region
to region) and may also depend on the chosen discipline.
CPD is strongly recommended in all countries and it is not unlikely
that, in the near future, veterinarians need to prove that they
spend a minimum number of hours each year on CPD.
Read the 'Joint
EAEVE, EBVS and FVE proposal for European Coordinating Committee
for Veterinary Training'
"deeper knowledge in one species such as cats
Several European countries have already some sort of higher level
qualification. These are called a variety of names such as an acknowledgement
or certification or accreditation. UEVP, the veterinary practitioners
section of FVE, suggested to use the term European
An acknowledged veterinarian as seen by UEVP is a veterinary practitioner
with the species concerned and having obtained additional experience
This system of acknowledged veterinarians is different
from the EBVS specialisation
which is mainly discipline-orientated and is at a higher level of
qualification and expertise.
Currently several organisation such as the European
Society of Feline Medicine (ESFM) are implementing a further
qualification in this case for feline medicine for practitioners
"specialists mainly in one discipline such as radiology"
Specialisation can be defined as achieving a very advanced level
of knowledge and skills in a particular discipline. This level can
only be obtained after several years of intensive training and experience.
Specialist veterinarians usually practice exclusively in their chosen
discipline and may work in referral clinics or teaching establishments.
The organization of specialization by the European Board of Veterinary
Specialization (EBVS) is a another key component of European veterinary
education. EBVS has organized organ-, discipline-, and species-based
colleges. Currently there are 21 specialities. To obtain a title
of Diplomate requires an 4-year education program and speciality
For more information: EBVS