European Veterinary Specialist

European Veterinary Specialist

Etter- og videreutdanning, Veterinær 3-4 years

Veterinær tar blodprøve av hest.

Veterinær tar blodprøve av hest.


In veterinary medicine, it is possible to attain a diploma as a European Veterinary Specialist in several fields of study. It normally consists of 3 to 4 years of further education after completing veterinary education.

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Specialist teaching is performed internally at the NMBU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and is not an open study programme. Those who take such education are usually employees of the university.

The specialist studies can be taken at both academic and private institutions, provided that the institution’s specialist study programme has been approved. It is an absolute requirement that the candidate's supervisor holds a specialist diploma and there is often a requirement for the institution to be linked to European specialists in the specific field of study. There is also a requirement for the institution to have access to a sufficient number of case histories, have modern equipment and have access to all relevant academic and scientific literature and facilities for research.

European specialist studies in one or more disciplines are now offered in many European countries, mainly at universities, but also at some large private clinics.

Job opportunities

An approved European Veterinary Specialist has completed a demanding programme of education and has documented, through education and examination, comprehensive specialist knowledge in his or her field of expertise. He or she is able to take on the role of intermediary between the academic and the practical, assist in teaching students and colleagues and be available to give an expert opinion.

In many cases, the specialist education helps to develop a wide network of contacts in other countries. 

Learning outcomes

The specialist candidate undertakes specialist education in the form of a residency for a minimum of 3 years. During the course the candidate will investigate particularly interesting cases.

The candidate is closely mentored and shall have good knowledge of all relevant academic literature. He or she is expected to publish 1 or 2 peer-reviewed scientific articles internationally as the main author. Individual approval must be obtained before the examination can be taken.

Study structure

The examination

The examination is taken at the end of the specialist studies and always has a very high degree of difficulty, regardless of the actual specialisation. The form of the examination varies from college to college, but almost always consists of various parts that aim to examine the breadth and depth of the candidate’s knowledge, as well as problem-solving abilities. The aim of the EBVS is that about 60% of examination candidates should pass at the first attempt, but for some colleges the percentage is much lower.

European Board of Veterinary Specialisation
The European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) is an umbrella organisation that was founded in 1993 to coordinate, approve and supervise specialist studies in Europe. There is at present only one level of specialisation that is approved and quality controlled by the EBVS. This is the courses of education that are administered by the European specialist veterinary colleges that lead to the award of a diploma as a European Veterinary Specialist. There are currently 25 different disciplines in which to specialise, each administered by its own college. The colleges are responsible for developing study programmes for the specialist candidates (residents), as well as for examinations and approval of candidates. The title of European Specialist is valid for 5 years and is subject to re-evaluation by the college’s accreditation committee every 5 years.

A list of EBVS registered colleges may be found on the organisation’s own website.

NMBU School of Veterinary Medicine employs European Veterinary Specialists who are linked to the following colleges:

College                                          Spescialists
American College of Veterinary SurgeonsAssociate Professor Eli Hendrickson
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Speciality of Small Animal Internal MedicineAssociate Professor Kristin Paaske Anfinsen
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – large animal specialityÅse Ingvild Risberg
American College of Veterinary RadiologyAssociate Professor Hege Kippenes Skogmo
European College of Animal Reproduction

Professor Wenche Farstad
Assosiate Professor Adam Martin
Professor Olav Reksen
Assistant Professor Vibeke Rootwelt
Professor Erik Ropstad
Associate Professor Ragnar Thomasen
Professor emeritus Steinar Waage

European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine
Welfare Science, Etics and Law sub-speciality
Professor Randi Oppermann Moe
European College of Aquatic Animal HealthProfessor Øystein Evensen
European College of Equine Internal MedicineAssociate Professor Constanze Fintl
Professor Carl Fredrik Ihler
Assistant Professor Siv Hanche-Olsen
European College of Porcine Health ManagementProfessor emeritus Tore Framstad
Associate Professor Marianne Oropeza-Moe
European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and AnalgesiaProfessor Henning Andreas Haga
Assistant Professor Andreas Lervik
European College of Veterinary Clinical PathologyAssociate Professor Hege Brun-Hansen
European College for Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Associate Professor Nina Ottesen
Associate Professor Hege Kippenes Skogmo
Assistant Professor Åste Søvik

European College of Small Ruminant Health ManagementAssociate Professor Snorre Stuen
Associate Professor Cecilie Ersdal
European College of Veterinary OphtalmologyAssociate Professor Ernst-Otto Ropstad
European College of Veterinary Public HealthProfessor Liv Marit Rørvik
Professor Eystein Skjerve
Professor Yngvild Wasteson
Associate Professor Øyvin Østensvik
European College of Veterinary Pathologists

Professor Mona Aleksandersen
Professor Gjermund Gunnes
Professor Johan Høgset Jansen
Associate Professor Randi Sørby

European College of Veterinary SurgeryProfessor Eric Strand
Associate Professor Cathrine Fjordbakk
European College of Veterinary NeurologyAssociate Professor Karin Hultin Jäderlund

Active residents per 01.01.2017:

European College of Veterinary Pathologists - Maren Knappe-Poindecker

European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology – Tobias Revold and Siv Grosås

European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging – Marthe Aamodt Mikkelsen and Catherine Trangerud

European College of Veterinary Surgery - Elena Regine Moldal

European College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia – Vanessa Bettembourg

European College of Animal Reproduction – Caroline Haadem (In new position)

European College of Porcine Health Management - Odd Magne Karlsen and Marianne Oropeza-Moe

European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals – Annelin Bjelland and Malin Oscarson

European College of Veterinary Neurology – Josefin Hultman

European College of Veterinary Surgery – large animal – Patrick P.M. Smith


In the longer term, the university wishes to increase the number of disciplines in which we have specialist employees.


The Organisation for the Interests of Veterinary Specialist Candidates - SIOV

SIOV is an interest organisation in school politics. SIOV works to safeguard the interests of specialist candidates at and connected with NMBU, as well as to demonstrate the need for veterinary specialisation. All specialist candidates at and connected with NMBU, as well as all diploma holders who have passed the EBVS or ABVS examinations, are welcome as members.

SIOV’s articles of association may be found here.

Contact SIOV here