Although the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) is a relatively young College, it is a fully recognised member of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) with an increasing number of equine specialists joining as fully certified ECEIM Diplomates.
Pre training requirements
The ECEIM training programme has been designed to ensure that all new ECEIM Diplomates have undergone the same rigorous and high quality training at an approved University or private equine clinic. A list of approved training centres can be seen by following this link (link – we probably need to set up a separate list of these).
The whole process involves several steps but as a prerequisite, the candidate must hold a veterinary degree and be licensed to practice in a European country unless relieved by this obligation by the Board. In addition, one must have demonstrated satisfactory moral and ethical standing in the profession.
Prior to entering a training programme, the candidate must have completed an ECEIM approved initial equine internship training period. This involves a minimum 12 month programme with rotations through a variety of disciplines in a private or University equine or large animal hospital. Working for at least 24 months in a predominantly ambulatory equine practice can be considered equivalent.
ECEIM training programme
Two types of ECEIM training are available: the standard and the alternative training programme. The former is considered the optimal route to obtaining Diplomate status. Details of both programmes can be further explored on the resident pages on the ECEIM website.
Regardless of which route is followed, each programme ensures that the candidate goes through a structured training programme mainly under the supervision and guidance of not only a board-certified equine internist, but also of Board-certified veterinary anaesthetist, clinical pathologist, pathologist and radiologist. During this time the candidate is expected to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the principles and practice of equine internal medicine and its supporting disciplines through clinical training, conference attendance, professional presentation, publication, etc. Furthermore, the candidate is required to complete an extensive case log.
At the end of the training programme, all aspects of it including case logs and publishing requirements must be approved by the ECEIM Education and Credentials Committee before the candidate is allowed to sit the final certifying exams.
The exams are held every year and consist of written and oral exam to ensure that the candidate’s knowledge is thoroughly tested. Once successfully passed, the candidate is able to join the College as fully certified ECEIM Diplomate.
Re-accreditation takes place every five years in order to ensure that the highest clinical standard is maintained.
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Diplomate holders
A current ACVIM Diplomate holder may apply to become an ECEIM Diplomate if he/she has met or exceeded the ECEIM requirements briefly described above. In addition, the Diplomate is expected to be working in Europe but in special circumstances, e.g. where they can make a contribution to the ECEIM’s work, can be working elsewhere in the world. Furthermore, as for all ECEIM Diplomates, they are expected to make a contribution to the work of the ECEIM e.g. by running residency programmes, serving on committees and contributing to the examination process.