European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine (EMSAVM)

in specific disciplines

The EMSAVM Program is a unique way to obtain a University degree in a specific field of small animal veterinary medicine, and a most valuable experience in your veterinary career.
The European 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.

EMSAVM / Specific Discipline

The Master degree is offered by the University of Luxemburg, complying with the rules and regulations laid down by the Ministry of Education of the State of Luxemburg. The University awards the degree following successful completion of the program. The EMSAVM is a post-graduate qualification, also defined as a “professional Master degree” 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). The degree is not to be confused with the undergraduate veterinary degree called “Master in Veterinary Medicine” according to the Bologna declaration.

EMSAVM Objectives

  • 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