The European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD) is a veterinary speciality organisation established within the EU structure for veterinary specialization recommended by the Advisory Committee for Veterinary Training (ACVT) of the EC, set up by Council Decision 78/1028/EEC of 18 December 1978 and OJ No L 302 of 22 December 1978, in its report doc. III/F/5285/3/91. The ECVD was an initiative of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology (ESVD) and was the result of discussions in the late eighties and early nineties in Europe to respond to a growing demand for better specialized veterinary dermatological services and to harmonize certification in this area for better consumer information. Initial private initiatives were later coordinated by the ACVT of the EC. European legislation for veterinary specialization may be introduced in the future.
The ECVD aims at the improvement and promotion of: the quality of animal health care, by making available specialized knowledge and skills in veterinary dermatology; the quality of general practice through contact between general practitioners and registered specialists; the quality of service to the public by, amongst other things, the protection of the public from unqualified "specialists"; an organized structure and appreciation of health care for animals by owners, veterinarians and those interested in animal health insurance; the quality of personnel in animal clinics; the further development of veterinary dermatology.
To this end the primary objectives of the ECVD shall be therefore to advance veterinary dermatology in Europe and increase the competence of those who work in this field by: establishing guidelines for postgraduate education and experience prerequisite to becoming a specialist in veterinary dermatology; mining and authenticating veterinarians as specialists in veterinary dermatology to serve the veterinary patient, its owner and the public in general, by providing expert care for animals with skin diseases; encouraging research and other contributions to knowledge relating to the pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy, prevention and control of animal skin diseases, and promoting the dissemination of this knowledge. The specialist in Veterinary Dermatology will operate in a referral practice or in an academic setting. At least 60 percent of his/her time will be devoted to the speciality.