March, 26th 2018 The calls for De Facto and ACVSMR recognition are open now

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:

  1. Has credentials, in relation to training, publications and contributions to the subject, equal to those required to sit the examination of European Diplomate (see Initial Applicant Pathway);
  2. has passed an examination of equal rigor, and covering the same material as that of the equivalent European Diplomate;
  3. passes the European College’s re-certification process;
  4. is practising in a European country, and intends to remain so for the foreseeable future. Applicants may be relieved of this requirement in exceptional cases.

Colleges may impose more stringent requirements if they so wished.

A Diploma which is awarded to a non-EBVS recognised Diplomate without sitting the College’s examination is not valid when the conditions under which the Diploma was awarded do not exist anymore.

(Source EBVS P&Ps 2016)


All needed information can be found here >>

For application please download the form and send it (including attachments) to:

The ECVSMR informs hereby the applicants that starting with 2018, individuals who are diplomates in two Colleges or two sub-specialities in the same College must choose in which college/speciality they want to be a specialist. In their second college, they may only use the title ‘Diplomate’, however they will be considered as non-certified diplomats and are not allowed to call themselves specialists in two specialities.

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:


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.


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