A residency programme is an approved training programme of at least three (3) years allowing a graduate veterinarian ("Resident") to acquire in-depth knowledge of the science and art of veterinary pharmacology and toxicology, and their supporting disciplines, under the supervision and guidance of one (1) ECVPT Diplomat.
The objective of the residency is to train veterinarians to be specialists in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology.
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ECVPT has a number of standard approved residency programmes. Currently there are nine (9) approved standard residency programmes.
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There is also the possibility to follow a tailor-made alternate residency programme.
The requirements of the alternate programme are identical to those of the standard programme. The difference is that the alternate programme is approved for the individual whereas in the standard programmes the residency centre is approved and residents recruited.
The alternate training programme should be under the direct supervision and advice of an ECVPT Diplomate. The proposed programme must be approved by the ECVPT Education & Residency Committee before training can be started.
The applicant will be responsible for setting up an alternate programme. Alternate programmes are only approved for an individual and not for an institution.
All the requirements for the standard Residency Programme, including publications, presentation log, and activity log, should also be met for an alternate programme.
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Prospective Residents will be required to have a broad training and experience which must be attained by participation in an internship of of at least one (1) year and in some instances at least two (2) years experience (see below) in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology (full time, at least a thirty-five to forty (35-40) hour working week):
- at least one (1) year of full-time specific training in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology (such as a Masters degree in pharmacology and toxicology or equivalent);
- at least two (2) years working full-time in post-graduate degree studies at a university;
- at least two (2) years working full-time in an animal health or human pharmaceutical company (e.g. in pharmaceutical R&D, regulatory affairs or pharmacovigilance) or in environmental toxicology or toxicovigilance either in public service or the biotechnology or chemical industries.
It is preferred that the internships should be under the direct supervision of at least one ECVPT diplomat. The programme should document for each intern the dates on which the period of training commenced and ended, and the name of the supervisor. The internship will be assessed by the ECVPT Credentials Committee at the time of application for the residency. The internship must be approved for the application to be successful.
Graduate degree studies
Graduate degree studies may be included in the Programme. However, at least fifty per cent (50%) of the time in the combined graduate degree-Residency Programme must be allocated to the Residency Programme in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology. There is no reduction in any requirement for certification as a European Veterinary Specialist for applicants who combine their residency with a graduate degree programme.
Continuing education programmes
Continuing education programmes as the sole method of training will not meet the requirements for certification.