March, 2019 Residency forms are online!

The European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ECVSMR) offers different pathways to board certification:

De facto Recognition

During the first five years following provisional recognition of the College, the Interim Executive Committee will appoint a small number of additional de facto Diplomates who are also “Founding Diplomates” and are expected to contribute to the running of the College. For the new ECVSMR, de facto recognition as a diplomate is possible for renowned, experienced and suitably qualified experts in this field who have a well-documented record of clinical as well as scientific expertise. Such experts should have distinction in the field and have qualifications achieved by training and experience far exceeding those proposed as necessary for candidates to take the certifying examination of the organisation. The de facto recognition will be closed on September 19th 2022.

For more information regarding the de facto recognition please read here >>

Recognition of DACVSMR

EBVS recognises that, in some non-European countries or areas, the training and examination of specialists is equivalent to that provided by EBVS-affiliated Colleges. EBVS colleges should ordinarily restrict membership to those who have a connection to Europe. The credentials of the applicant and their activity in making a
major contribution to the EBVS college are more important than the place of residence or nationality. Under such circumstances, an EBVS college may, if it so wishes, temporarily grant Diplomate status of their College, provided that the applicant can meet the following minimum conditions: read more >>

Initial Applicant pathway

During the first five years following provisional recognition of the College, the ECVSMR will offer an initial applicant pathway. The Initial Applicant Pathway to ECVSMR board certification is open for those persons who have sufficient credentials to sit the examination without completing any form of residency training. The initial applicant pathway will be closed on September 19th 2022. Read more >>

Residency Program

To be allowed to sit the examination an applicant must give evidence of satisfactory completion of an approved training period of at least 4 years to general veterinary education, training and practise, and to special education, training, and practise of veterinary SPORTS MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, both after the date of graduation from a veterinary school. Read more >>


As is stated in the Policies section II, part A.14 of the EBVS, a standard procedure has to be established in which the prerequisites for re-certification of the Diplomates for membership of the College are described. This re-certification has to be done under the responsibility of the College. Read more >>


Non-european applicants

For veterinarians who wish to apply for recognition as a Diplomate of ECVSMR but do not work in Europe, the following regulation applies:


The EBVS states in its Policies & Procedures: "The College must only certify veterinarians who are licensed to practise or are eligible to be licensed to practise in a European country. Applicants may be relieved of this requirement in exceptional cases." The Board of ECVSMR would therefore like to point out the following:


1. De facto recognition is only possible if the applicant can prove that he or she is working in Europe. This is based on the fact that a de facto status is linked to numerous obligations, such as active participation in the ECVSMR committees and/or the training of residents.


2. Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR) can apply for recognition by ECVSMR, subject to evaluation by the credentials committee.


3. Subject to approval by the credentials committee, non-Europeans can apply for the initial applicant pathway.


However, the ECVSMR would like to reiterate that obtaining ECVSMR Diplomate status does not automatically lead to the eligibility to work in Europe.