A residency programme is an approved training programme of at least 3 years allowing a graduate veterinarian who has completed a suitable internship ("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 Diplomates of the ECVPT.

Residency training procedures provide all of the information required on the residency training.

There are two types of pre-approved Residency programmes: standard and alternate.

Both standard and alternate residency programmes have identical requirements for training, including publications, presentation log, and activity log, should also be met for an alternate programme. The difference is that the alternate programme is approved for an individual whereas a standard programmes is conducted at an approved residency centre and residents recruited.

A complete list of requirements for residencies can be found in the Residency training procedures. In brief, an applicant should:

  • be licensed to practice veterinary medicine and surgery in the countries of the European Community of the European Free Trade Association, unless relieved of this obligation by the Board;
  • have a satisfactory moral and ethical standard in the profession. Evidence of personal or legal misconduct, such as misrepresentation or convicted felony, may be sufficient reason to reject an application;
  • by the time of the certifying examination, have devoted at least forty-eight (48) months after the date of graduation from veterinary school, to specific education, training, and practice in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology

This 4-year period should usually be divided as follows:

  • an internship of at least one (1) and in some instances two (2) years, plus
  • a residency (standard or alternative) of at least three (3) years.

After successful completion of an internship, the applicant needs to complete this candidate enrol form for standard residency training and submit this form to the Credentials Committee.

The ECVPT holds examinations on an annual basis. The 2019 examination took place from July 8 till July 10 in Toulouse France.

Future examination dates will be published as soon as they are established and well in advance of the examination.

The college has established the following deadlines:

  • Submission of Credentials: Februari 1st 
  • Intention to sit the Examination: at least 4 months before the Examination date
  • Examination fee: paid by June 1st

Details of these deadlines and the specific requirements can be found in Chapter 4 of the Residency training procedures.

Prospective residents can enrol in either a Standard Residency Programme within a recognised Residency Training Centre, or in an Alternate Residency Programme.

Residency training centres may consist out of close collaboration between Diplomates from more than one institution in the form of a consortium. The institutes involved in training residents must be approved by the Education & Residency Committee. Parts of the training may be given at other institutions/locations that offer certain facilities or services not provided by the parent institution. Co-operation between institutions is accepted and encouraged. Each institution will be allowed a specified maximum number of Standard Residency Programmes which will be evaluated and accepted by the Education Committee.

A list of currently approved Residency Training Centres can be found here.