Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
Postgraduate Veterinary Studies

Continuing education: "A must for all vets"

Once qualified, all veterinarians should regularly update their knowledge in their chosen field by participating in meetings and congresses, reading scientific publications and attending training courses. This is called continuing professional development (CPD), Life Long Learning (LLL) or "further education".

The recently updated Directive 2013/55/EU clearly encourages the further strengthening of CPD for the regulated professionals, like the veterinary surgeons. It is recommended that “Continuous professional development should cover technical, scientific, regulatory and ethical developments and motivate professionals to participate in lifelong learning relevant to their profession”. Member States of the European Union are recommended to take measures to promote CPD and to exchange best practices in this field.

CPD is strongly recommended from professional bodies in all countries. In some of them, veterinarians need to prove that they have spent a minimum number of hours each year or during a certain period of time on CPD in order to retain their license to practice. CPD courses are organised in almost all European countries and in some of them, 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 may be achieved through the participation in certain training programmes in different disciplines of the veterinary medicine.



Between graduate and Specialist:

"VETCEE: Veterinary Continuous Education in Europe"

VETCEE is a European accreditation scheme for veterinary postgraduate continuous education programmes addressed to practicing veterinarians in different areas of the veterinary medicine.

It is an independent organisation, set up recently by the joint initiative of EAEVE, EBVS, FVE and UEVP. Its remit is to ensure quality of middle-tier level education, to promote harmonisation of lifelong learning for veterinarians and to facilitate mutual recognition of the different training schemes between the different European countries.

Currently VETCEE accepts for evaluation postgraduate programmes in
- Companion Animal Medicine
- Porcine Medicine


For more information please contact VETCEE Secretariat.


Veterinary Specialisation: "advanced level of knowledge and skills in a particular discipline"


Specialisation can be defined as achieving a very advanced level of knowledge and skills in one discipline, such as radiology. 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 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 a 4-year education program and speciality examinations.

For more information:For more information: EBVS website