Small Animal Veterinary Medicine

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 542 / Year(s) Foreign:$ 542 / Year(s) Deadline: Nov 14, 2024
201–250 place StudyQA ranking:10772 Duration:24 months

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Since 1991, the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) has been providing training courses for veterinarians wishing to upgrade their knowledge in many areas of clinical veterinary medicine.
This very successful programme has now run a total of 174 courses in more than 20 disciplines, with over 4.000 postgraduate students from 48 countries, and is recognised worldwide for the high quality of its education. Although these courses have not involved formal examinations, many of the students completing them have gone on to acquire specialist qualifications at the highest level.


The ESAVS has realised the need for a broader training that would allow veterinary graduates in practice to study over a number of years and acquire a recognized university postgraduate degree. Therefore, the ESAVS formalised in 2008 a long-term association with the University of Luxembourg and its Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication. This cooperation has enabled the establishment of a degree, the European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine (EMSAVM),

The EMSAVM involves coursework and written modules, including studies both within the existing framework of ESAVS courses and work carried out in the veterinary practices of the participating students.

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 EMSAVM is a University Degree which testifies that a veterinarian has acquired an advanced level of competence in small animal medicine.

It is not a specialist diploma, nor is it a licence for a particular type of professional activity. It is intended that this master’s degree will support the growing demand for national and possible future international systems for species specific practice certification.

It will also provide a benchmark for veterinarians who wish to increase their knowledge and develop a habit of lifelong learning.
Further 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 40 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

Candidates must hold a recognized veterinary degree from a University or equivalent institution of higher learning.It is required that students are working full time for the whole duration of the program in a veterinary practice/clinic with a case load of at least 1000 diseased small animals (500 per clinician) per year, adequate facilities for examination, surgery, laboratory work, diagnostic imaging and hospitalisation.

Studies Grants

  • Bourse Erasmus
  • Grants under cultural agreements
  • Grant for non-European students
  • Grant and loan - Cedies (Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research)
  • Félix Chomé Foundation
  • Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (known by the German acronym BAFöG)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (known by the German acronym DAAD) grant
  • French-speaking Community grant Belgium
  • Regional Students Welfare Office (known by the French acronym CROUS) France
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