Establishment of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP) and the current status of veterinary clinical pathology in Europe

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P.J. O'Brien, C. Fournel-Fleury, Adrian Marc Bolliger, K.P. Freeman, J.-P. Braun, J. Archer, S. Paltrinieri, H. Tvedten, Z.S. Polizopoulou, Asger Lundorff Jensen, J. Pastor, A. Lanevschi-Pietersma, K. Thoren-Tolling, I. Schwendenwien, S.I. Thoresen, N.B. Bauer, D. Ledieu, J.J. Cerón, M. Palm, K. Papasouliotis & 2 more T. Gaál, P. Vajdovich

After 5 years of development, the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP)was formally recognized and approved on July 4, 2007 by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS), the European regulatory body that oversees specialization in veterinary medicine and which has approved 23 colleges. The objectives, committees, basis for membership, constitution, bylaws, information brochure and certifying examination of the ECVCP have remained unchanged during this time except as directed by EBVS. The ECVCP declared full functionality based on the following criteria: 1) a critical mass of 65 members: 15 original diplomates approved by theEBVS to establish theECVCP, 37 de facto diplomates, 7 diplomates certified by examination, and 5 elected honorary members; 2) the development and certification of training programs, laboratories, and qualified supervisors for residents; currently there are 18 resident trainingprograms inEurope; 3) administration of 3 annual board-certifying examinations thus far,with an overall pass rate of 70%; 4) European consensus criteria for assessing the continuing education of specialists every 5 ears; 5) organization of 8 annual scientific congresses and a joint journal (with the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology) for communication of scientific research and information; the College also maintains a website, a joint listserv, and a newsletter; 6) collaboration in training and continuing education with relevant colleges in medicine and pathology; 7) development and strict adherence to a constitution and bylaws compliantwith the EBVS; and 8) emonstration of compelling rationale, supporting data, and the support ofmembersandother colleges for independence as a specialtycollege.FormalEBVS recognitionofECVCPas the regulatory body for the science and practice of veterinary clinical pathology in Europewill facilitate growth and development of the discipline and compliance of academic, commercial diagnostic, and industry laboratories in veterinary clinical pathology. Future needs are in developing ponsorship for resident positions, increasing employment opportunities, increasing compliancewith laboratory, training, and continuing education standards, and advancing relevant science and technology.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVeterinary Clinical Pathology
Volume36
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
ISSN0275-6382
Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Research areas

  • LIFE - Board certification, Europe, organization, regulatory recognition, specialty college, veterinary clinical pathology

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