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European master of small animal veterinary medicine

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Since 1992, the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) has been providing post-graduate training courses for veterinarians wishing to upgrade their knowledge in many areas of clinical veterinary medicine. These courses are the foundation of a structured education leading to a University degree.
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.


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 European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine (EMSAVM).
The Master program is offered by the University of Luxembourg, complying with the rules and regulations laid down by the Ministry of Education of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
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.
Credit points, conforming to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) described in the Bologna declaration about higher education in Europe, are acquired over a period of two to four years for successful participation in the modules, validated by examinations. The EMSAVM corresponds to 120 ECTS.

The objectives of these new programs are:

  • To offer an extended post-graduate curriculum, that prepares 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. 

Main information on the EMSAVM and training courses provided by the ESAVS is available at


The ESAVS and the University of Luxembourg also issue an examination-validated certificate, corresponding to a shorter version of the Master programme, with less compulsory class hours and written work. This CSAVP (Certificate of Small Animal Veterinary Practice) corresponds to 30 ECTS.
Further information on the certificate and training courses provided by the ESAVS is available at


  • Dr. Pierre Cadot: Veterinary Hospital in Paris, France
  • Dr. Dr.h.c. Hans-Joachim Koch: Veterinary Hospital in Birkenfeld, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Eric Tschirhart: Professor of Physiology, University of Luxembourg
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Vandevelde: Veterinary School in Berne, Switzerland