The European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, ECVECC, was founded in 2014 following approval by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS). The College's formation was instigated and fully supported by  (EVECCS).

Since one of EVECCS’ core aims has always been “to promote the study, development, and practice of veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care in Europe,” the formation of a Speciality College was recognised as an important goal for the Society. In 2009, EVECCS established an ad hoc College Organising Committee (COC). This committee was tasked with working towards the foundation of a Speciality College under EBVS approval establishing ECC as a full fledged veterinary specialty in Europe. The mission of this new found college is to advance the knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine in Europe and increase the competency of those who practice in this discipline.

This mission is achieved by:

  • Establishing guidelines for post-graduate education and training as a prerequisite to become a Specialist in the Speciality of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
  • Examining and authenticating veterinarians as Specialists in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine to serve the veterinary patient, its owner and the public in general, by providing expert care for animals requiring emergency or critical care management
  • Encouraging research and other contributions to knowledge relating to the pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy, prevention, and the control of diseases directly or indirectly affecting the emergency and critical care management of all animals, and promoting communication and dissemination of this knowledge.
  • Maintaining a register of the practising members of the College so as to inform the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation, EBVS, and thereby allowing these members to represent themselves as European Specialists in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.