Certificate Program
General Overview
To obtain an ESAVS Certificate of Small Animal Veterinary Practice in the discipline of your choice, you have to attend ESAVS courses, which are offered in several European locations, take and pass the respective examinations and keep a case log which promotes application of newly learned methods and skills in daily practice at home. Applicants who have already taken ESAVS courses in the past 5 years and who wish to enroll for the Certificate Program can have their previous ECTS points validated by the Examination Board provided they pass the respective examinations.
Program Details

The disciplines are taught in a series of 5- to 10-day consecutive courses where admission to the next level may require completion of the previous course (please see the specific requirements of each discipline). Each ESAVS course is credited by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS points). Accounting for student working time to attend courses, participate in distance learning, to study and to prepare for the examination, a 5-day (40 hours) ESAVS course generates usually 5 ECTS.

Course Work (25 ECTS points)
In total, a minimum of 25 ECTS points have to be collected in course work.
Within this total requirement, a minimum of 15-20 ECTS are to be accumulated in the major subject, i.e. the chosen discipline, and the remaining 5 to 10 ECTS can be obtained in minor subjects. On certain conditions, course work may be accumulated from instruction taken outside of the University of Luxembourg / ESAVS courses. Such external courses must be of a similarly high standard, examinable and approved by the program director and the Veterinary Post Graduate Program Committee. Please consult the specific guidelines for the discipline of your choice.

Case Log (5 ECTS points)
Candidates are required to collect 100 well documented cases in the form of a case log. These cases are expected to be mostly accumulated in the second half of the program. All raw data relevant to each case must be filed in a digitalized format and must be accessible upon request by the Examination Board. Please, consult the respective guidelines of each discipline for details.

Cases for the case log can be collected only after the official enrolment at the University of Luxembourg. Cases collected before the official enrolment will not be accepted.

Duration of the Program

The minimum time requirement for the Certificate program is 2 years. Though a prolongation is possible under certain conditions, the maximum time should not exceed 4 years. An applicant can enter the program immediately after graduating from veterinary school but the Certificate can only be obtained when the applicant has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine for at least 3 years since obtaining her/his veterinary degree.


Next examination date

Summer semester: TBA
(Due to Covid-19 pandemic, updates will be provided via email)

Course Examination
Each course has to be validated by an examination. The latter are conducted bi-annually at supervised by the University of Luxemburg (UL). The students are free to take any number of examinations at a set examination date. Registration must be made at least three months before the examination date. The exams consist of an interactive computerized work-up of a clinical case or other questions related to the subjects of the discipline covered in that course. Exams are graded on a 0-20 scale with passing grade of 10/20. Failed exams can be retaken at the next possible examination date.

Grading Scale

<10          = Fail
10 – 11,9 = Sufficient
12 – 13,9 = Fair
14 – 15,9 = Good
16 – 17,9 = Very Good
18 – 20    = Excellent

Case Log Evaluation
The case log is viewed by the Examination Board and graded on a 0-20 scale with a passing grade of 10/20. A sample of the latter can be requested to be immediately delivered in electronic form including all relevant information and documentation. In case of an insufficient grade, the candidate is notified about the shortcomings of the case log and requested to resubmit a revised version, or submit additional cases within 6 months of notice.

Following successful completion of the courses and the case log, the Post Graduate Committee reviews all grades collected. The ESAVS Certificate is issued by the University of Luxemburg as “Certificate of Small Animal Veterinary Practice (CSAVP) / your chosen discipline”.
The CSAVP Programs
Quality Assurance
Whereas the ESAVS faculty members, consisting of the course masters and course directors prepare the respective examinations, the Certificate program is supervised by the Veterinary Post Graduate Committee (consisting of four professors of various veterinary medical disciplines coming from various European universities) as well as by two professors from the University of Luxemburg. One of the latter is appointed as the chairman. The committee is assisted by a coordinator from the ESAVS office.

The Post Graduate Committee is responsible for:
Supervision of the quality of the programs
Regular review of the rules and requirements
Appointing the members of the Examination Board
Collecting all grades and assigning the ECTS credits to each candidate following review of all the data.

Chair of the Committee: Prof. Dr. Jean Luc Bueb, University of Luxembourg

The Post Graduate Committee is assisted by the Examination Board, which consists of at least 10 members of the ESAVS faculty, representing various disciplines of small animal veterinary medicine. The Committee is chaired by a professor of the University of Luxembourg. Up to 5 members of the Examination Board act as the “Jury” which according to the rules of the University of Luxembourg has to approve of all grades.

The Examination Board is responsible for:
Organization and conduction of the examinations with the support of the program coordinator of the ESAVS office and UL administration.
Reviewing and grading the case logs and case reports
Approving/amending all grades at the end of each semester
Chair of the examination board: Prof. Dr. Iris Behrmann, University of Luxembourg

The Program Directors:
Each discipline has a program director. The program director is a course master who additionally directs and supervises all aspects of a discipline specific Master and/or Certificate program that are related to the student work. The duties of the program director are:
– In collaboration with the other course masters in the discipline, defining and regularly updating the discipline specific requirements that a student has to meet in the Master and Certificate programs consistent with the general rules and standards laid down by the post graduate committee
– Defining the content of the courses/study programs of the discipline (“major subject”) together with the other course masters and listing suitable additional courses (“minor subjects”) of the ESAVS
– Defining discipline specific guidelines for writing the case log
– Being responsible for or overseeing the creation of CASUS based examinations for each course in the discipline
– Nominating and inviting course masters of the discipline to join the examination board
– Overseeing the evaluation/grading of the case logs, case reports (Master) and theses (Master)
– Accepting or rejecting external (non ESAVS) course work submitted for obtaining ECTS
– Being overall responsible for the content and quality of the courses

Courses 2020 brochure

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