President's Blog

Welcome to Summer


At long last the Summer has arrived - for those in academia preceded by a flurry of activity as examinations are completed.


For our own examinations, the successful new Diplomates have been named in our News section.  In total, 38 candidates took the General Examination with a pass rate of approximately 90 % (34 candidates) - the highest we have seen for many years.  For the certifying examinations, 37 candidates took the Internal Medicine Examination with an overall pass rate of 73 %, 13 candidates took Cardiology with an overall pass rate of approximately 40 % and 14 took Oncology with an overall pass rate of just over 70 %.  Each Examination Committee made a huge effort to ensure the smooth running of the examinations and our thanks should be extended to them.

In 2014 we moved the Examinations from their usual Autumn schedule, tied in with our Annual Congress, to a separate but constant venue in March each year.  Overall it appears that this has had many advantages but perhaps the venue may not be the most desirable. The current venue will be used again for 2018 but over the next year we will  endeavour to appraise other possibilities.

In 2018, it is likely, although not confirmed that we will move to a computerised MCQ General Examination.  We are currently looking at a system whereby candidates can use their own computers for the examination but more of this to follow.


I would like to congratulate Eric Zini who recently was successfully appointed as Associate Editor to the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine with a special emphasis on endocrinology.  He will also act as the official ECVIM-CA representative for the journal.  European submissions have remained relatively static and just below US submissions over the last number of years and hopefully with time we will see some growth in this.


I look forward to seeing many of you in Malta in September.





A new year

We are now well into 2017 and the examinations in March are being finalised. Record numbers of candidates are expected for Oncology and Cardiology.  As such there may be some changes to the examinations schedule and venue.  However these changes will have no impact on travel arrangements for candidates - all examinations will be held in Giessen and over the same time period .  However, for some specialties, the OCM may be held before the written examinations rather than after.  We will advise all candidates as soon as we have finalised the timetable.

We have been working hard to improve communication with ACVIM.  One remit is to strengthen ECVIM representation within JVIM.  You will find two potential Associate Editor advertisements within our News section, one of whom will eventually represent ECVIM.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in editorial work and in providing JVIM with a European focus.

I wish all of our upcoming examination candidates good luck as they prepare for March.

Carmel T Mooney




1st November 2016


I apologise that my first ever Presidents Blog is being written in my second year as President of ECVIM.  However, we in Executive Board have agreed to make a better effort in updating the website in a more timely fashion.

The Congress recently held in Sweden was a resounding success and it was  a great pleasure to present our new Diplomates with their official certificate - congratulations to you all!.  I hope to see many of you volunteering for our numerous committees in the near future.

Since the AGM, we have been working on various different areas.  We will shortly provide details on the Programme Directors Forum and are continuing to look at our examinations systems. Whilst the remit of this is to ensure that our examinations are defensible, reliable, robust and reproducible we also are looking at alternate methods of delivery.  More of this to come.

I would also like to encourage our membership to use the discussion forum to highlight any issues you feel need airing.  It is only through continued use that our website will become a useful resource for open communication.

Carmel T Mooney

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2nd September 2015

I can't believe it's nearly over

I am looking forward to our forthcoming congress in Lisbon. It is the time of year when the greatest number of our diplomates gather in one place and the most obvious demonstration of the shared goals and objectives of our organisation.

This year the AGM will represent the end of my period as President of the college. It has been a great privilege to help guide this organisation over the last two years. I am sure that the college will continue to thrive under the leadership and guidance of Carmel Mooney.

I would like to extend my thanks to all of you who have helped me during the two years of my period of office. I certainly couldn't have done it without you!

It is with a mixture of sadness and relief that I hand over the reins. I wish the best of luck to my successor.


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14th July 2015

A few things to think about over the Summer.

It is now less than two months to our annual congress, and for diplomates it is less than two months to our annual general meeting. As ever there are important things for us to consider and decide at the meeting and I have sent correspondence to diplomates specifically to encourage consideration and discussion on the matters of case reports and our ongoing relationship with the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine before the AGM in September.

I hope everyone has time for a good break over the summer and that you all come back rejuvenated with new enthusiasm for our annual meeting.

I hope to see many of you in September and in the meantime have a great summer.


 20th April 2015

A quick message for diplomates

As some, but not all, of you will know. I have started sending messages to diplomates from the e-mail address 

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Some of you have not been receiving these, presumably because of overzealous spam filters. If you could set your spam filters to recognise this as a "safe-sender" that would be helpful.

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16th April 2015

I thought it was time to update the blog to let you know about a few developments.

Since I penned the last blog (below) our new website has gone live. Thanks to those diplomates who have entered their details into the database and created their profiles. Please could I encourage those diplomates who have yet to do this to enter their details as soon as possible. Once we have most diplomates' up-to-date addresses entered into the system we hope to be able to create an interactive "diplomate map" that will help members of the public identify specialists near them.

We have invoiced diplomates for their 2015 annual fees via the site. Those of you who are diplomates can expect to receive their invoice via e-mail and can pay it (when logged on) via the "diplomate fees" link on the site.

Other developments in the college since early March include the conduct of the 2015 general and certifying exams which took place in March in Giessen, as did the spring executive committee meeting.

This afternoon I am off to represent the college at the European Board of Veterinary Specialization. I hope there will be progress to report to you at our AGM in September regarding the protection of the title "Veterinary Specialist" within Europe.

As you can see - there is lots going on.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Lisbon in September.




3rd March 2015


Welcome to the new-look ECVIM website.

Although outwardly similar to the website we had previously this site has multiple new functions that we hope will enable it to become a hub through which diplomates and residents interact with each other and with the college.

New functions on this site include the following

  • The ability to manage your own information by completing the forms that appear under "my details". This will allow you to update your details if they change and change your password if you need to. The details that you add will automatically populate your entry in the "Diplomate List" - so if you change your professional address you can completely update your listing at the click of a mouse.
  • The ability to pay fees to the college. Members can be invoiced through the website. To check if you have any outstanding accounts owed to the college you can just check on "Diplomate fees".
  • The ability to contribute to discussion forums online. These can be created and contributed to easily through the "forums" menu that should appear on your homepage.

It is likely that there will be a few teething problems as the site is first used - so help us to solve those by contacting us and letting us know if there is a problem. You can either contact me at the e-mail address that appears at the bottom of this page, or Mareike our administrative assistant via the "secretariat" e-mail.

This new step forward should help to create a greater sense of community within the college and I look forward to exploring it with you online.



Dr Penny Watson
University of CAmbridge
Madingley Road
Cambridge CB3 0ES
United Kingdom

Executive Secretary:

Dr Remo Lobetti
Bryanston Veterinary Hospital
PO Box 67092
2021 Bryanston
Republic of South Africa

E-mail address to contact college secretariat