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ECVPT examinations

Residents can opt to sit the General examination after they have completed at least twelve months of an internship (or equivalent) and at least eighteen months of an ECVPT-approved residency programme.

Residents can sit the Certifying examination when they have completed their residency programme. Full credentials including short written reports and peer reviewed publications are required to sit the certifying examinations.

Individuals who chose to sit the general and certifying papers in separate years will be required to submit separate examination applications and fees on each occasion.

General examination format

The examination will test the working knowledge of all aspects of veterinary pharmacology and toxicology.

 It is composed of a maximum of one hundred (100) multiple-choice questions with one (1) correct answer to each question. The time allocated is 3 hours. The pass point will be calculated using the Diplomate rating process and, when there are sufficient candidates, by the Angoff method & cluster methods.

Certifying examination format

This portion of the examination is designed to test problem solving capabilities and skills. The questions will be problem-oriented. Candidates should be prepared to interpret a number pharmacological and toxicological problems (such as therapeutic drug monitoring, drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, animal poisoning or intoxication, regulatory issues, mechanisms) and to answer questions covering all areas of veterinary pharmacology and toxicology.

It is composed of three (3) parts:

  1. A multiple choice (MCQ) and extended matching questions (EMQ) paper that is composed of a maximum of one hundred (100) problem-orientated questions covering both pharmacology and toxicology.  The exact number of MCQ and EMQ as well as the total number of questions is at the discretion of the examination committee. The time allocated is 3 hours. The pass point will be calculated using the Diplomate rating process and, when there are sufficient candidates, by the Angoff method & cluster methods.
  1. An essay paper that contains two (2) to five (5) questions.  The time allocated is 3 hours. Candidates are provided with a computer and should type their answers using the word processor programme provided. The essays are marked by two Examination Committee members, including the person who set the question. Marking keys and/or model answers are presented to the Examination Committee for approval by the individual examiners who devised each essay. The pass point for each question will be set between 60% and 70%. When there are sufficient candidates this will be determined by examination of scatter plots of the results (cluster method). The pass point has to be reached for each question in order for a pass mark to be achieved for the certifying essay examination. The pass point cannot be reached by using a high score in one question, or more, to compensate for a score below the pass mark in other questions.
  1. An objective problem-based oral examination consisting of two problems (or cases).  The candidate will be given thirty (30) minutes of preparation time per problem (or case) (sixty (60) minutes in total), when they can review material relating to the problems (or cases) that they are about to discuss. This period will be followed immediately by two forty-five (45)-minute examinations, during which a series of predetermined objective problem-based questions are asked, with each having a predetermined score. Each candidate will be examined by at least two (2) members of the Examination Committee (a Questioner and an Observer / Scorer). The total time allocated for the oral examination is one hundred and fifty (150) minutes. The pass point will be set between 60% and 70%. When there are sufficient candidates this will be determined by examination of scatter plots of the results (cluster method). The pass point has to be reached for each question in order for a pass mark to be achieved for the certifying objective case management examination. The pass point cannot be reached by using a high score in one question, or more, to compensate for a score below the pass mark in other questions.

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