Residency class

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The ECVCN offers each year to each resident a 2-day training so called Residency Class. 

Each resident is strongly encouraged to attend, and to submit a presentation (either clinical/herd case or a review).

The vice president of the college is in charge of the organization of the yearly Residency Class, in close relation with the local organization of the adherent ESVCN conference.

This 2-day Residency Class is organized each year since 2006. 

>> FOR MEMBERS access the download page here for the presentations given during the residency class, and other related documents.


Yes, the Residency Class is opened to Residents, but they have to CONFIRM their venue to the ECVCN Vice-President, in charge of its organisation. 


 * To educate the residents in depth on a particular nutritional topic so he/she can apply a similar strategy for a new topic. Each year a new topic is chosen and care is taken to choose a topic that is applicable to both companion and food producing animals. Presentations are both given by ECVCN Diplomates but also by Diplomates of other colleges, or other experts (e.g. human nutritionists) in their field. If applicable for the topic, workshops to encourage practical training, are organized as well.

 * To train the practical nutritional skills of the residents (1) and to inform residents about the college procedures (2). The aim is to include a workshop at least every second year (1); the other year, time is allowed to a explain the general organization of the college, the roles of committees, the training follow up and examination process, and discussion is encouraged to present the various carrier opportunities (2).

 * (1) To train residents for the general (reviews) and the oral examination.

Once a year, each resident is encouraged to present a clinical/practical case (1st and 2nd-year residents) or a review (last-year residents).

The topic of the review shall be chosen by the resident as a general nutrition-related topic which is not of their main species of interest. So residents with main interest in food producing animals should present a review with no species orientation (general nutrition) or on a nutritional topic in companion animals, and vice versa.

This option was taken to avoid what happened once in the past, when some residents did pass the specialty part of the exam but not the general part mainly because of poor skills on nutrition of those species that are not their main interest.

In this way, the residents also learn from each other (enough time for discussion is provided) and the comparative aspect of our college is stimulated during the residency class.

Both clinical case & review presentations have to be sent, on beforehand, to the organizer to ensure the quality of the presentations.

For first year residents, feedback prior to the presentation is mainly given on the inclusion of references and giving adequate and detailed nutritional information (detailed nutritional history, referenced requirements and detailed feed advice). Case and review presentation are then discussed in depth by the group. Afterwards, all residents are encouraged to include the feedback they received during the residency class in their presentation. A pdf of all invited speakers’ presentations and of all resident’ presentations are sent to all residents attending the class. From 2013 onwards and thanks to the new version of our website, all these pdf presentations will be available on a secured part of the college website.

 (2) * Alternately, so every second year, a workshop OR a presentation to inform all residents about practical items related to their residency program, log book, case reports, required publications, application to the examination session, examination procedures etc. and their duties and rights is given by the president or vice president of the college.

 * To inform the residents on their progress

The members of the education committee have an individual meeting with each resident during the breaks of the residency class or during the ESVCN congress afterwards, to discuss their progress and difficulties if applicable. Residents have to bring their progress report and case log for discussion.

 The residency class is very interactive and very much appreciated by the residents. It also stimulates the communication between the residents of different countries, also after the end of the class.

 Table : Nutritional topics of the Resident Class 

Year          Location                   Topics                                          Workshop       College presentation
2009 Oristano (I) Mycotoxins        x  
2010 Zurich (CH) Diabetes / probiotics           x
2011 Zaragoza (E) Nutrition of working animals        x  
2012 Bydgoszcz (PL) Nutrition and the liver        x  
2013 Ghent (B) Nutrition and immunity           x
2014 Utrecht (NL) Toxicities        x


 2015           Toulouse (F)              EU legislation on animal feed                                       x
 2016           Berlin (D)
                  Fiber and Intestinal Health                    x
 2017           Cirencester (GB)        Clinical management of diseases                                  x
 2018           Munich (D)                Ruminant nutrition and diabetes            x
The residency class is made possible by the generous support of Nestlé Purina