The EU Commission (DG GROW) launched a call for tenders to start a review of minimum training requirements for veterinary surgeon within the Annex V of the Professional Qualifications Directive. The Commission selected the Spark Legal Network, the company that will run this study. The duration of this EU funded project is 15 months.

The veterinary profession has been long advocating for the update of the Annex V of the Directive towards competence based education, up-to-date curricula in line with veterinary science developments and implementation of external quality assurance in education.
It is essential that scientific developments in veterinary medicine, research-based education and evidence-based medicine are fundamental quality aspects of all schools in the EU.

The European Coordinating Committee on Veterinary Training (ECCVT) have been closely following the progress of the call and coordinating views and activities on this important topic for the profession.  We invite all experts who want to provide input on behalf of their country to refer to the following points:

  1. veterinary training is competence-based;
  2. veterinary training is linked to the list of subjects and Day One Competences for veterinarians, which are jointly endorsed by academia, profession and students;
  3. the quality of veterinary education is ensured by the European System for Evaluation of Veterinary Training (ESEVT).