Certificate of Small Animal Veterinary Practice
The Certificates in Surgery are based on the well known residential courses of the ESAVS in this discipline, examinations of these courses and by keeping a case log which promotes application of newly learned methods and skills in daily practice at home and throughout the whole program.

Two Certificates are established in the specialty Small Animal Surgery:

• Certificate in Small Animal Veterinary Practice / Soft Tissue Surgery
• Certificate in Small Animal Veterinary Practice / Orthopaedics


The Soft Tissue Surgery Certificate program comprises:

(I) Courses
(II) Case Log
(III) Examinations

(I) Courses

To obtain the Certificate in Small Animal Veterinary Practice / Soft Tissue Surgery, a minimum of 25 ECTS credits (5 weeks of course attendance) need to be acquired.

A minimum of 20 ECTS credits have to be collected in the major subject: Soft Tissue Surgery.
The remaining ECTS credits can be collected in other disciplines (minor subjects).

The related minor subjects for the Soft Tissue Surgery Certificate are presented in the following ESAVS courses (list subject to change):

  • Anaesthesia and Pain Management I or II (maximum 5 ECTS credits)
  • Emergency & Critical Care I
  • Feline Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Surgery (Laparoscopy)
  • Other course work accumulated from instruction taken outside of the University of Luxembourg after approval by the Post Graduate Committee (maximum 5 ECTS credits)

 (II) CASE LOG (5 ECTS credits)

During enrolment in the Certificate Program, candidates are expected to apply the new knowledge and skills acquired in the courses to the activity in daily practice. candidates are required to accumulate 100 well-documented cases in the form of a case log. The case log shall be compiled mostly in the second half of the program. The candidate must be the primary responsible clinician for the diagnosis and work-up / the primary surgeon in the surgical disciplines, for all logged cases. Each case inserted in the case log must be supported by detailed documentation. The evaluator may randomly request  the documentation for some cases which the candidate must then immediately deliver by email. Further instructions regarding the case spread are available for download at the bottom of this page, a case log excel template will be provided after enrolment. The case log is evaluated and graded by the examination board. A passing grade has to be obtained.


An exam must be passed for each course. Examinations are conducted by the University of Luxembourg (UL) at the end of each semester. Exams can be taken at any of the bi-annual examination sessions offered at the UL during enrolment in the program. They may be spread over several sessions or taken together at one single session. The exams consist of multiple choice questions, examination of appropriate clinical cases or pictures related to the subject(s) covered in that course. A passing grade of 50 % has to be obtained.


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.

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