About ESAVS:
Targeting Excellence in Postgraduate Clinical Education

Origins and Aims

The European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) was founded in 1991 by three veterinarians, one from academia and two from small animal practice. The basis of its foundation was the belief that any veterinarian, regardless of their income, country of residence or the veterinary school they attended, could attain first rate professional competence and success according to ability or achievement with the support of state-of-the-art training at an international postgraduate veterinary school designed to enable upward professional development for all.

The ESAVS of today demonstrates that this ambitious aim has been amply realised. ESAVS stands as a broadly-based, international, non-profit organisation, which is quite different from the commercial CE providers which have emerged in recent years. ESAVS has succeeded in coupling the desire for self-improvement and the thirst for knowledge amongst veterinarians in a way that can be likened to the "the charm of anticipated success”, as presented by Alexis de Tocqueville (The American Dream), which spurs students towards professional excellence. This philosophy and the outstanding teaching quality of the ESAVS have drawn over ten thousand veterinarians from all over the world to the study programmes and courses of the ESAVS.

ESAVS is affiliated with the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication at the University of Luxembourg, offering the Master Degree "European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine" (EMSAVM).

The ESAVS has an outstanding faculty with over 400 veterinary lecturers from over 20 countries. All are certified specialists with excellent didactic skills. ESAVS offers continuing education based on residential courses in various locations in Europa and Asia and distance learning. The ESAVS is a leading international continuing education organization in clinical veterinary medicine for companion animals. It has 25 years of experience. More than 500 residential courses in 21 clinical disciplines have been organized for over 10.000 participants from 51 countries. ESAVS courses and study programs inspired many to continue their professional development becoming diplomates of European and American specialist colleges and lecturers at universities.

Structure of ESAVS

Today ESAVS study programs and courses are provided by two organisational trunks,  ESAVS Europe and ESAVS Asia. This recognises that small animal veterinary medicine in Asia is evolving rapidly compared to the more developed situation in Europe.
ESAVS Europe and ESAVS Asia follow the same principles of excellence and are closely related to each other.

ESAVS training programmes and intensive courses include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, case presentations and laboratory work. In order to permit a high level of training efficiency, the number of participants per course is limited. Daily tuition includes new scientific information and practical exercises in small groups. Each course is supervised by course masters (tutors) who are experienced experts of high repute. The teaching language is English. Courses in China are held with consecutive translation to Chinese.

ESAVS is a non-profit organization registered in Luxembourg(A.S.B.L.), R.C.S. Luxembourg F10892. → ESAVS Europe Board Members

ESAVS Office for Asia is a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the European Association of Veterinary Specialization (EAVS), registered in Luxemburg (A.S.B.L., reg Nr vol 411 fol case 4), R.C.S. Luxembourg F4152.

EAVS Board Members

Dr. Hans Joachim Koch EAVS Board Member

Dr. Dr. Hans-Joachim Koch

  • Dr. Dr.h.c. DECVD
  • Birkenfeld, Germany
Dr. Pierre Cadot EAVS Board Member

Dr. Pierre Cadot

  • Paris, France
Prof. Marc Vandevelde EAVS Board Member

Prof. Dr. Marc Vandevelde

  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. DECVN

  • Berne, Switzerland

ESAVS Office for Asia Organising Structure

Executive Committee Members:

Dr. Dr. Hans Koch (Small Animal Veterinary Hospital Birkenfeld, Germany), Ms Xu Jie (Shanghai, China), Prof. Dr. Xia Zhao Fei (China Agricultural University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Beijing, China), Adjoint committee member: Dr. Federico Porporato (Istituto Veterinario Novara, Italy)

ESAVS Office for Asia Local Organisers:

Ms Xu Jie (Shanghai, China), Dr. Chaiyot Tanrattana (Bangkok, Thailand), Drh. Siti Komariah (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Senior Advisor:

Prof. Dr. David Lloyd (Hatfield, UK)

ESAVS Office for Asia Organising Team:

Business Development: Ms. Katja Müller (ESAVS Office for Asia Birkenfeld, Germany)
VetUpgrade and Event Coordination: Ms. Julianna Frangos-Gross (ESAVS Office for Asia Birkenfeld, Germany)
ESAVS Office for Asia outside of China: Ms. Sabien van der Velde (Birkenfeld, Germany)
Event Coordination: Ms. Zhe Du (ESAVS Office for Asia Birkenfeld, Germany)