European College of Equine Internal Medicine

Extenuating personal circumstances

The college acknowledges the workload and stress of the examinations and that personal circumstances can compound those challenges. Candidates are encouraged to seek support rather than ‘suffering in silence’.

Candidates who have extenuating personal circumstances that may impact on their performance in an examination should inform the examination committee of the issues prior to or during the examination.

When extenuating circumstances occur between examination entry and the examination, candidates should contact the Examination Committee ( as soon as possible.

Candidates who attempt an examination declare themselves ‘fit-to-sit’ and any undisclosed pre-existing circumstances would not be considered in those cases. If a candidate identifies a reason during or immediately following the exam that may have significantly affected their performance, they must contact the examination chair as soon as possible for an informal and confidential discussion.

Informal discussions are not considered a formal application. Candidates must submit a formal application to the Examination Committee with supporting evidence using the correct form within 5 working days of the extenuating circumstances event.

An extenuating circumstances application will not be accepted after the examination results have been released.

All claims of extenuating circumstances MUST be supported by evidence of the circumstances and the impact on the candidate. Please seek advise as to what is required.

Candidates who have valid extenuating circumstances may be given reasonable accommodations in the examinations. This may include deferral of an examination without impacting on the cumulative attempts/years rulings or extended time to sit examinations. No adjustments can be made to examination scores or pass marks.