European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia


Beside education of veterinary students in Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy, our section is involved in continuous education and validation of recognized training programmes. At the moment, visitors are welcome to perform externships in veterinary anaesthesia for periods of 4 weeks or longer. The rotatory internship programme of the small animal clinic includes a 8-weeks rotation in Anaesthesia. Interns in the equine clinic are specifically trained to perform general anaesthesia during emergency shifts. Resident in other Training programmes than Anaesthesia are welcome to perform externship rotations within our Section. A specific two-years programme combining doctoral thesis in Diagnostic Imaging and a specialised internship in Anaesthesia is running.

The Section for Veterinary Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy of the Vetsuisse-Faculty / Bern proposes a Residency Training programme recognized by the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA). After a 3-/4-year training, you will be able to sit the examination to become an EBVS-certified European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Dip. ECVAA).
This training programme includes:
- a very large clinical experience in Anaesthesia and peri-operative care including Pain Therapy. More than 300 animals will be treated as primary anaesthetist by rotating throughout the clinics for Small Domestic Animals, Horses and Cattle, including a large range of procedures and health status. We offer a large range of procedures for specific Pain Therapy. Our team also works in strong cooperation with the Emergency and Critical Care unit. Additionally, practice for laboratory and exotic animal species is organized in cooperation with other university and professional institutions. At least 60% of the time is spent in clinical activities, including night and emergency shifts in both small and large animal clinics. At least two case reports will be written during the residency programme.
- participation in research activities. The resident will be assigned one main research project aiming at one scientific publication as main author in an international peer-reviewed journal. Moreover, at least one additional scientific collaboration including co-authorship in a second publication is mandatory.
- education and learning on own motivation, including active participation to weekly Journal Club, Case Discussions, Topic Rounds and organization meetings.
- participation to national and international congresses in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Critical Care, including presentation of research results and of continuous education.
- participation in equipment purchase and maintenance, as well as in education of students and post-graduate scholars, as necessary to guarantee function of an academic unit.

This programme aims at best training of the resident for future career as an independent specialist.

A residency is a very intense program of specialization, always inquire about the content before considering this route.
Details of the program and conditions of an ECVAA residency can be found on the College website: or contact our supervisors.