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Requirements for Admission

The constitution of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD) has established the following requirements for active membership. The applicant should:

  • be registered / licensed to practice veterinary medicine and surgery in the European Community. The Credentials Committee may consider whether to exclude this requirement upon request;
  • have a satisfactory moral and ethical standing in the profession. Evidence of professional or legal misconduct, such as misrepresentation or felony, may be reasons for disqualification;
  • have devoted at least 3 years, by the application deadline, to general veterinary education, training, and practice and to special education, training, and practice of veterinary dermatology after the date of graduation from veterinary school.

The following sequence of training is to be used:

  • A first period of at least 1 year must be a rotating internship, or equivalent experience in practice, as defined by the ECVD Credentials Committee.
  • A residency in dermatology of at least 2,5 years in total on a continuous or part time basis under supervision of a diplomate or diplomates of the ECVD, or its equivalent, as defined by the ECVD Credentials Committee. The residency must be designed to educate the resident in all aspects of the art and science of veterinary clinical dermatology.
  • Have made a significant contribution to veterinary dermatology, as represented by publications and demonstrated by a high standard of proficiency in the specialty. In keeping with the constitutional objectives of the ECVD each applicant must demonstrate willingness to contribute to the literature. The minimum requirement is at least two peer-reviewed publications must have been published during the period of the residency, and the resident must be lead author on at least one of these. One of the papers must be original research (i.e. not a literature or case review) and the other may be, but does not have to be, a case history. The papers must be published in internationally recognized refereed journals. Responsibility for evaluating the quality of the publications rests with the Credentials Committee;
  • Have successfully passed the examination by the College and certification by the Executive Committee of the College.

Requirements for Admission of Non-ECVD Diplomates

The Constitution of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD; the College) allows for the admission of persons who have not passed its Diploma Examination. Specifically, Article 4, Section 3 states

“To qualify for membership, candidates shall meet the following criteria: have successfully passed the certifying/examination procedure of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology, unless exempted of this obligation by the Credentials Committee”. At the ECVD’s 23rd Board Meeting on 3rd September 2003 in Tenerife, Spain, it was proposed that people of equivalent Diplomate status to those of the European College might be admitted to the College if satisfying certain criteria, and if this concept were to be approved by the European Board of Specialization (EBVS). Subsequently, in an extract from an EBVS Document dated 16 February 2004, EBVS stated the following: 

Non-European Diplomates

This was first discussed at the 1999 Annual Meeting and Addendum A was added to the EBVS Policies and Procedures. “Explanatory Statement on Non-Europeans" The EBVS has discussed in the 1999 Annual Meeting the question of eligibility to be a diplomate of a College with regard to nationality and location of an applicant. The following guidelines were approved: Credentials and activity in the College are more important than place of residence. The nationality of an applicant is not relevant. However, Colleges may restrict membership to those who have a connection to Europe, by requiring that the applicant be licensed or be eligible to be licensed to practice in a European country, and that its diplomates attend the College’s annual meetings regularly or in other ways contribute to the aims of the College”. This topic was also discussed at the 2002 Annual Meeting. This topic was further discussed at the 2003 Annual Meeting. Section 12 states: “EBVS accepts non-European veterinarians as residents and Diplomates on the condition that they meet all other EBVS criteria and that their veterinary degree is fully equivalent to a European degree”. Therefore, it is up to the individual EBVS colleges to decide whether or not to accept a non-European resident or Diplomate, based on their qualifications.

Subsequent to this ruling by EBVS, the ECVD Board, therefore, decided that Diplomates (or equivalent) of other Veterinary Colleges of Dermatology may be considered for admittance to Full Diplomate status only of the ECVD subject to them satisfying certain criteria and conditions.

Colleges to be Considered

Currently, applications will only be considered from Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, Fellows in Veterinary Dermatology (all species) of the Australian College of Veterinary Dermatology and Veterinary Dermatology Chapter of Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). However, other qualifications may be considered and approved in the future.

Requirements for Consideration

The applicant must be licensed or be eligible to be licensed to practice in a European country. Furthermore, persons for consideration must be resident and working for the foreseeable future in a European country.

Application Procedure

Initial applications are considered by the College’s Credentials and Education Committee. Informal requests for information should be addressed to the Chair of the Credentials and Education Committee. A formal application should be mailed (not emailed) to the Chair of the Credentials and Education Committee of the College and should comprise the following: 1. Proof that the applicant is a Diplomate or equivalent of an approved College. 2. Proof that the applicant is resident and working in a permanent position in a European country and satisfies all the criteria of “Full Diplomate” (as defined in the Constitution). 3. One copy of the applicant’s c.v. A diskette with the CV saved as a word file should be included or it can be sent by e-mail. A fee of 300 Euros is payable for consideration of the application. This sum is non-refundable if the application is rejected. You will need to make a money transfer to the ECVD (without charge for the ECVD).

The ECVD bank account is the following:

Banque internationale a Luxembourg; L-2953 Luxembourg; Account number 2-125/9804/284; Account name E.C.V.D. ASBL (European College of Veterinary Dermatology); IBAN: LU 43 0022 1259 8042 8400; BIC Code BILLLULL. In case of problems with the bank transfer you may contact the ECVD Treasurer.

Applications are only considered once yearly and must be received by 31 October each year. No exceptions will be made to this date. The application is considered by the members of the Credentials and Education Committee. Rejection is solely the decision of the Credentials and Education Committee. There is no Appeals Procedure. Normally, recommendation by the Credentials and Education Committee will imply unanimous agreement of its members on the application. The decision of that committee will be presented to the Board of the College for ratification at its Spring meeting.

Subsequent to Board ratification, the Chair of the Credentials and Education Committee will inform the successful applicant. Membership of the College will begin at the next Annual General Meeting of the College, to which the new member of the College will be invited. Payment of College dues will be on an annual basis but will not begin until the beginning of the next College year, i.e. the following 1 January (the College year running from 1 January to 31 December).

Membership Rights and Responsibilities

Members by this route will have all the rights and responsibilities of other Diplomates of the College, as defined in the College’s Constitution and By-laws.

Subsequent Failure to Continue to Satisfy the Criteria of Full Diplomate Status

Should a person who has become a member of the College by this route subsequently cease to be actively involved at Full Diplomate level (as defined in the Constitution), but remain in Europe, s/he may be awarded Non-practising Diplomate status (as defined in the Constitution). Reversion to Full Diplomate status would be as defined in the Constitution.

Subsequent Permanent Position Outside of Europe

It is expected by the ECVD Board that, should a person who has become a member of the College by this route subsequently take up a permanent position outside Europe, and ceases actively to participate in College matters as defined the Constitution that s/he will normally cease to use the title Dip ECVD, until returning to work in a permanent position in. Membership fees will not be payable for any full College year during which the person is not practicing in Europe. On to practice in Europe, the person may resume use of the title on application to the Chair of the Credentials and Committee, satisfying of the conditions above and payment of the annual membership fee. No further Credentials will be payable for this process. These guidelines are subject to periodic modification by the Board of the. Guidelines approved by the ECVD College Board, 25 August 2004