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The Constitution

Our constitution is represented in the following chapters. A complete version of the ECVP Constitution is available in the following pdf download:

  ECVP Constitution 2020 (181.5 KiB, 4,355 hits)

Chapter I

  1. Name of the organisation
  2. Incorporation of the organisation
  3. Mission and Objectives
  4. Membership
  5. General requirements for the college examination
  6. Council / Representation
  7. Amendments to the constitution
  8. Dissolution and settlement
  9. By-laws
  10. Annual General Meeting

Chapter II

  1. Election and duties of officers / discharge of officers
  2. Duties of the Council
  3. Financial year, dues and examination fees
  4. Membership and registration
  5. Examination
  6. Disciplinary action and appeals procedure
  7. Quorum / convening meetings


The European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP) is a veterinary specialty organization which was founded at the constitutional meeting in Edinburgh, September 28 1995, according to the “Policies and Procedures of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (1995)”.

The ECVP was initiated by the European Society of Veterinary Pathology at the 12th Autumn Meeting at Mondovì, September 21 1994, which resulted from a growing desire to harmonize postgraduate training and provide certification in veterinary pathology in Europe.

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 the specific pathological processes including aetiology and pathogenesis.

The primary objectives of the College are to advance veterinary pathology and promote a high standard of veterinary pathology and veterinary pathologists in Europe.

This publication provides the Constitution and By-laws of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP) as accepted by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (12th April 1997, Utrecht), and an Information Brochure with further information about the European College of Veterinary Pathologists including description of the requirements for admission to the College, a profile of the specialty, and application and examination procedures.


Last Updated: January 27th, 2020