Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine

in specific disciplines

Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine Program is a unique way to obtain a degree in a specific field of small animal veterinary medicine, and a most valuable experience in your veterinary career.

Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine testifies that you have acquired an intermediary level of clinical competence (as defined by the leading European veterinary organizations) in a chosen discipline, complemented by in depth theoretical knowledge as well as communicative and investigative skills.

The Master program is offered in the following disciplines:




Diagnostic Imaging


Internal Medicine



The Intermediary Level

As a result of the increasing demand for high-quality health care, small animal veterinarians are focusing their activity more and more on specific aspects of veterinary medicine. Currently, the highest clinical qualifications in veterinary specialization are the diplomas issued by the European specialist colleges under the umbrella of the European Board of Veterinary Specialization (EBVS), delivering the title of “Board-certified in …”. Recently, however, the leading professional veterinary organizations (FVE, EBVS, EAEVE, UEVP) did adopt the concept of Europe wide accreditation of an intermediate level of competence. The EMSAVM aims at the intermediary level of clinical competence and additionally provides advanced theoretical knowledge in the chosen field and investigative as well as communicative skills.

The ESAVS Courses

Since 1992, the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) has been providing training courses to veterinarians wishing to upgrade their knowledge in small animal medicine. So far, more than 500 courses in 21 clinical disciplines, with over 10.000 participants from 51 countries have been held. The ESAVS courses are taught by internationally reputed course directors and course masters, most of them Diplomates of the European or American Colleges in their specific disciplines. Thanks to the program design, the dedication of course masters and the office organisation, ESAVS has acquired a worldwide recognition for high quality post-graduate education in veterinary medicine.

Master degree / Specific Discipline

Our Master degree is a post-graduate qualification, also defined as a “professional Master degree” or “Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)” which means that the degree is obtained out of practice by part-time formal course work and individual written work (case logs, case reports and thesis). For students from EU countries, the master degree is issued by ESAVS in collaboration with the University of Luxemburg (European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine). For non-EU students, the Master degree (Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine) is issued by ESAVS and approved by FEDE.


  • To offer post-graduate training that prepares the veterinarian to attain an advanced level of competence in specific disciplines
  • To promote a systematic analytical problem-solving approach in the clinic
  • To promote the concept of evidence-based medicine
  • To promote communication skills
  • To promote interaction with the EBVS specialists (Diplomates)
  • To train participants in critical information retrieval and literature search as well as scientific writing
  • To promote continuous life-long professional development in the field of small animal veterinary medicine