European College of Equine Internal Medicine


During an ECEIM residency-training programme, residents are expected to develop expertise in the general clinical skills and competencies initially developed during their internship. The curriculum for a residency-training programme relates to this specialty training which leads to the opportunity to become a certified Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (DipECEIM).   

The curriculum is competency-based, with a minimum requirement of three years of full-time veterinary specialty training (adjusted to a maximum of six years for flexible training) which is equivalent to 180 ECTS per the EU directive 2005/36/EC. The curriculum relates to specialty training in equine internal medicine with defined and specific objectives and assessment criteria leading to becoming an ECEIM Diplomate. Courses in other disciplines undertaken before the start of the residency-training programme do not result in a reduction of the residency-training programme duration or specific requirements.  The curriculum applies to training in all nations of the EU, Switzerland, the UK, Israel and Norway. Excluding the North American countries, non-European residency-training programmes may be recognised by the Education and Credentials Committee (ECC). In all cases, this curriculum should be used with a direct supervisor who is an ECEIM Diplomate. The testing of the necessary level of competence will be by an exam. An overview of the certification process is given in table 1.  

The ECEIM website will provide information on: 

  • The publications required up to one year after passing all examinations. 
  • The examination format and examples of questions. 
  • The ECEIM fee schedule. 
  • How a candidate can become eligible to sit the ECEIM exam after completing an ACVIM-LA-approved residency-training programme. 
  • Details of ECEIM committees and members, including email-contacts.