Residency Training Programs



ECC residency training program in Bern

The Small Animal Hospital, Department of Clinical Studies of the Vetsuisse Faculty in Bern is an official training center for the ACVECC residency program. Residency positions are not offered every year.

This modern hospital is staffed with specialists in Critical Care, Anesthesia, Surgery, Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging and much more. It is part of a fine veterinary campus with approx 50 students per final year. Residency Programs are offered in most specialties as well as a rotating internship program. The hospital serves the local community as referral center, as a primary emergency unit and runs one of the largest small animal critical care units in Switzerland.

Further information on the Department of Clinical Studies of the Vetsuisse Faculty Bern can be found here and further information on the specific residency program can be found here. Successful completion of the program will allow the candidate to sit the ACVECC certifying exam. Currently no critical care residency positions are open, new positions will be advertized early the following link.

For further information send an email

to David Spreng , DECVSDACVECC. Division of Small Animal Surgery, Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine , University of Bern.



ECC residency training program in London

Senior Clinical Training Scholarship in Emergency and Critical Care (Small Animal)
The Royal Veterinary College, University of London

This is a 3-year training programme that satisfies the requirements for certification by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and prepares the candidate for the certifying ACVECC examination held in September following completion of the programme. The training programme also meets criteria for the newly-formed European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC). This is currently the only programme to offer training in either Colleges in ECC.

The programme is an intense, challenging, clinical programme supported by 6 board-certified ACVECC/ECVECC Diplomates, as well as a full complement of other specialists in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging, Oncology, and Clinical Nutrition. It is the largest and most successful ECC training programme in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The programme has an incredibly strong track record of successfully mentoring scholars in achieving ACVECC Diplomate status. The Emergency and Critical Care team is also very productive with a strong record in securing research grants and publishing.

The training programme has a strong emphasis on clinical duties, but student teaching and clinical research are also integral parts of the programme which operates within the QMHA. You will participate in a number of roles including seeing emergency referrals, managing hospitalised critically ill patients, as well as undertaking night and weekend duties.

The QMHA boasts new state-of-the-art facilities for the Section of Emergency and Critical Care. The Section includes the Emergency Referral Service, The Critical Care Service and the Out-of-hours First Opinion Service. Together, the Section sees over 5,000 small animal emergency cases per year. The Section is staffed by 6 Emergency and Critical Care Specialists, 5 Senior Clinical Training Scholars (residents), 13 interns and 18 registered nurses. The Intensive Care Unit can accommodate 22 small animal patients, and is equipped with 2 oxygen kennels, 2 mechanical ventilators, a host of in-house diagnostic tests, including blood gas analysers, haematology and biochemistry machines and coagulation tests. We also have an active Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Programme. The Section also runs a very active blood donor programme and operates the largest small animal blood bank in the UK. The RVC is also the only veterinary hospital in Europe to be designated a Veterinary Trauma Centre by ACVECC. Application procedures, position availability, requirements which must be met before application, and programme details can be found at the website.

For further information send an email to Daniel Chan, Residency Programme Director, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

Other ECC residency training programs

The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care publishes at their website
an extensive list of approved training programs in Northern America.