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Veterinary Specialization

As a result of the increasing demand for high-quality medicine, 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…
Clearly below the diplomate status, the University of Luxemburg together with the ESAVS now offers a Master degree which testifies an advanced intermediary level in the discipline of your choice.

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 400 courses in ca. 20 clinical disciplines, with over 8.000 participants from 51 countries have been held. The ESAVS courses are held by internationally reputed course directors and course masters, most of them being 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.

The European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine (EMSAVM) / Specific Discipline

Based on its experience in structured training for small animal veterinarians, and consistent with the need for an advanced intermediate level, ESAVS has launched the new European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine / Specific Discipline.
The Master program 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 standard veterinary degree called "Master in Veterinary Medicine" according to the Bologna Process..

The Objectives of the EMSAVM

The objectives of these new programs are:

  • To offer an extended post-graduate curricula, that prepare the veterinarian to attain an advanced level of competence in specific disciplines (ESAVS courses)
  • To develop the problem-solving approach and the concept of evidence-based medicine in order to properly evaluate and report results (Clinical cases reports)
  • To promote interaction with the EBVS specialists (Diplomates)
  • To train participants in critical information retrieval and literature search as well as scientific writing (Master thesis)
  • To promote continuous life-long professional development in the field of small animal veterinary medicine.

    The EMSAVM Programs

    Up to now, the European Master Program has been launched in the following disciplines:

  • EMSAVM / Cardiology: Outline

  • EMSAVM / Dentistry: Outline

  • EMSAVM / Dermatology: Outline

  • EMSAVM / Diagnostic Imaging: Outline

  • EMSAVM / Internal Medicine: Outline

  • EMSAVM / Neurology: Outline

  • EMSAVM / Surgery: Outline
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