The European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (ECVPT), as part of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS), has the duties to set and monitor the standards of the residency programmes under its auspices. The “day-1-competences” describe the knowledge, skills and attributes required of veterinary specialists in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology upon obtaining their diploma (certification) to ensure that they are prepared for their role as specialists and work independently.

Competence has been defined as “the ability to perform the roles and tasks required by one’s job to the expected standard.” The standard of competence expected at any given time will vary with experience and responsibility, and it is recognised that the day-1- competences represent a specialist in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology at the start of their career. Competence is therefore a relative term, both in terms of task and fluency in its execution, and increasing levels of competence will be expected throughout the professional’s career. 

ECVPT day-1-competencies.