Residency and Training

General information & Guidelines

The ECVPH Resident Training Programme is a programme allowing a graduate veterinarian (“Resident”) to acquire common knowledge of and training in the concepts and principles of Veterinary Public Health and its two subspecialties, an in-depth knowledge of either of the two subspecialties, viz. population medicine or food science and their supporting disciplines, as well as the execution of a research project, all under the guidance and supervision of Diplomates of the European College.

A review of the ECVPH Curriculum was launched in 2013 using a participatory approach with an online questionnaire and a working group open to all Diplomats of the College, resulting in an updated Curriculum (see document for download below).

Transition rules

From January 2017 onwards, all examinations (except resits of exams first taken before 2017) will be based on the new curriculum, regardless of the date of commencement of the residency programme.

It is recommended to residents that started before December 2014 to adapt their progress reports to the new curriculum. Yet residents are not required to submit a new training programme for approval.

All examinations up to and including those taking place in 2016 will be based on the old curriculum. However, the updated Curriculum and in particular the keywords found therein will provide some useful guide for Residents examined under the old Curriculum.

Reading lists & useful information

The list of resources is a general guideline to help residents with their study during the residency and to prepare for the qualifying examination.

FS: "Meat Inspection and Control in the Slaughterhouse", Ninios/Lunden/Korkeala/Fredriksson-Ahomaa

Templates & Examples
eLearning: material & courses

Due to the current situation as to COVID19 the ECVPH Council had to recognise the need to assure that the RESIDENT TRAINING meets the standards as outlined in the Approved Residency Programmes for each resident and thus provide appropriate support in identifying and selecting alternative online and e-Learning training opportunities.

With the help of Diplomates and Residents we have thus prepared a list of resources hereunder available to our residents.

This catalogue of online and e-Learning training opportunities will be continuously completed and updated in order to provide an up to date eLearning package available as a general add-on a not only in extraordinary times as we are currently facing. We are thus inviting all our colleagues to share any useful e-learning material or courses in VPH, or relevant information about it -  THANK YOU!

Residency Training Institutes

Whenever a Standard Residency Programme is provided this should be done within a recognized Residency Training Institute.

Residency Training Institutes may consist out of close collaboration between Diplomates from more than one institution in the form of a consortium.The Residency Training Institutes must be approved by the Education Committee. Parts of the training may be given at other institutions/locations which offer certain facilities or services not provided by the parent institution. Co-operation with other institutions is accepted and encouraged. Each institution will be allowed a specified maximum number of Standard Residency Programmes which will be evaluated and accepted by the Education Committee. (for more details please refer to the Bylaw on the Residency Training.)

Approved Residency Training Institutes

  • University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine, Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health/UK - PM
  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh/UK - FS and PM
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health (BVF), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala (SLU)/Sweden - FS and PM
  • Faculty Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University, The Netherlands - FS and PM
  • Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland - FS
  • Vetsuisse Faculties Bern and Zürich and SAFOSO, ("Swiss Consortium"), Switzerland - FS and PM
  • Department of Veterinary and Animal Science (IVH), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), Univ. of Copenhagen/DK - PM
  • University of Liverpool, Institute of Veterinary Science (IVS) and Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH)/UK - FS and PM
  • Bristol Veterinary School, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bristol/UK- PM
  • VetAgro Sup - Lyon Vet. School, Dpt. Elevage et Santé Publique Vétérinaire/FR - PM
  • ENVT - École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse/FR- FS and PM
  • University College Dublin - UCD, School of Veterinary Medicine/IRL - PM
  • Residency Platform Berlin Consortium, FU Berlin/DE - PM
  • Royal Veterinary College - RVC, Hawkshead campus/UK - PM
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium - PM and FS
  • Iberian Consortium (ICBAS/UTAD/Unizar/ULE), Portugal-Spain - PM and FS
  • Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA), United Kingdom - PM

Residency Programmes* and Annual Progress Reports in 2023/2024

  • WINTER-TERM 2023: submission  deadline >> December 1st. 2023!
  • SUMMERTERM 2024: submission deadline >> June 1st. 2024! 
  • WINTER-TERM 2024: submission  deadline >> December 1st. 2024!

* provisional Programmes may be submitted anytime (see Bylaws on the Residency Training!)


EXAM DATES in 2024:

  • 1st. TERM:  application deadline >> December 1st. 2023!
    WRITTEN: 17. April 2024 – ORAL: 18. or/and* 19. June 2024
  • 2nd. TERM: application deadline >> June 1st. 2024!
    WRITTEN: 2. October 2024 - ORAL: 10. or/and* 11. December 2024

*depending on number of candidates!

Residents who would like to go for the exam please inform the Education Committee as soon as possible!

Residents Fees
  • Resident enrolment Fees (Euro 100,--)
    to be paid on submission of the Residency Programme
  • Credentials Evaluation Fees (Euro 100,--)
    to be paid on submission of the the Credentials for the Exam application
  • Examination Fees (Euro 300,--)
    to be paid on approval of the Exam application
NEWS for Residents !
Discord - The resident's communication and resource sharing platform

Building strong networks and relationships amongst the resident community is a key part of a successful residency programme. To help with this, the Residents' Committee has built a Discord page for the residents. This is designed to be the place to go if a resident needs help or resources. It's aim is to facilitate easy networking between all the residents and thus create a stronger community across the resident body. Discord can help with the following:

  • Ask questions about the syllabus and share useful documents/websites
  • Organise journal clubs/book clubs
  • Organise revision clubs for the residency exams
  • Co-ordinate research projects
  • Network pre and post conferences or training events
  • Have fun and get to know your fellow residents!

You should receive an invite from the residents' committee providing you with access to the Discord page. If you have not received access to the page, then please email the residents' committee (

The Residents Committee

Residents' Committee members are

  • Alexandra Fetsch (FS) - Chairperson (Formally called Resident's Speaker, this was changed in the bylaws)
  • Irene Estaban Cuesta (FS) - Secretary
  • Nunzio Sarnino (PM) - Treasury
  • Veronica Duckwitz (PM)
  • Stefanie Meinke (PM)
  • Giulia Savioli (FS)
  • Francesca Scolamacchia (PM)
  • John Tulloch - Resident Liaison Person

The email for the residents committee is

Resident Workshops

The European College of Veterinary Public Health is allocating an annual budget for Residents to apply for funds to attend courses. This Residents fund should support Residents in fulfilling the training requirements of the College’s curriculum. Costs eligible for reimbursement may be in line with Article III. of the Bylaws on the procedures regarding the Residents’ fund.