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The European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP) was established in 1995 to advance veterinary pathology and promote high standards within the specialty in Europe. Specialisation by members of the veterinary profession results in more competent service to the public and to institutions and increases the prestige and usefulness of the profession. The ECVP represents an organised effort to establish criteria for training and experience to qualify as a specialist in veterinary pathology. The organisation encourages veterinarians entering veterinary pathology to acquire training and competence based on approved standards. Those who meet the standards of training and competence established by the College will be awarded a suitable certificate. A list of diplomates is maintained for guidance of institutions and the public.


A. To further scientific progress in veterinary pathology;

B. To establish standards of training, experience and examination for qualification as a specialist in veterinary pathology;

C. To further the recognition of such qualified specialists by suitable certification and other means.


Veterinary pathology is a discipline-oriented specialisation which focuses on the morphological recognition and functional interpretation of pathological conditions in animals, through analysis of the pathomorphological substrate in attempting to define specific pathological processes including aetiology and pathogenesis.
Membership includes veterinary pathologists with a wide variety of career pathways and employments such as in private pathology practice, general and specific diagnostic laboratories, academic and research institutes and industry. A veterinarian, who has satisfied the requirements as to character, training and experience and competence in veterinary pathology, including satisfactory completion of the certifying examination, is eligible for membership. Election of such candidates is accomplished by majority vote of the Council.
Any member who has retired from the practice or teaching of veterinary pathology may be designated a Retired Diplomate by the Council, at the member’s request. Retired members shall be exempt from the payment of dues and do not have the right to vote and hold office.
A person who has contributed in an extraordinary manner to the advancement of veterinary pathology may be elected as an Honorary Member of the College. Election is by a majority vote of the Council, confirmed by a majority vote of the membership of the College. Honorary members shall have all the privileges of membership except the right to vote or hold office and shall not be required to pay dues.

The certifying examination of the ECVP is held in February of each year.
Application forms are available from the Website and from the admin@ecvpath.org


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