European College of
Small Ruminant Health Management



The objectives of the ECSRHM are as follows.

  • Acting as an institution to qualify members of the veterinary profession as specialists in small ruminant health management by establishing and defining the standard of qualification based on evidence-based medicine (EBM).
  • Developing graduate teaching programmes in small ruminant health management.
  • Developing and supervising EBM continuing education programmes for             veterinarians interested in small ruminant health management.
  • Encouraging its members to pursue original scientific investigations and to contribute to the relevant literature.
  • Defining and describing the speciality discipline of small ruminant health            management.
  • Supervising the professional activities of its members and ensuring that such       professional activities are guided by EBM.
  • Promoting collaboration with national veterinary associations, farmers associations, government institutions and international agencies.
    This veterinary speciality refers to the following: (i) husbandry, internal medicine, obstetrics and reproduction, surgery, as applied to epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy and control of diseases of small ruminants (sheep, goats), (ii) individual patients or flocks/herds, (iii) quality and safety of products from small ruminants and (iv) control of transmitting zoonoses.


    Veterinarians elected as Founding Diplomates or Diplomates of the College are registered as such and are authorised to use the designation of "Diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management", abbreviated as Dip.ECSRHM.
    This is the highest European specialization title in small ruminant health management. It is a superior professional veterinary qualification, with high academic standards.
    Veterinarians must meet all the following general criteria for election as Diplomates of the College.
  • Have a good moral and ethical standing in the veterinary profession.
  • Practice veterinary medicine in a European country or be entitled to obtain a licence for practicing in Europe (unless this obligation is waived by the Board).
  • Have successfully passed the certifying procedure of the College.
    Diplomate status is revoked to individuals who practice the speciality for less than 60% of professional time devoted to aspects of small ruminant health management and related activities or when the speciality has not been practised for two continuous years or the equivalent of two years within a period of five years. Diplomate status is also revoked to individuals who do not abide by the Constitution and the Bylaws of the College, as well as to those who do not participate actively in the affairs of the College or do not pay promptly the annual membership fees.
    Normally, Diplomates are recognised after success in the certifying examination of the College. However, during the initial stages of organisation of the College, Diplomates will be de facto appointed on the basis of their scientific and professional achievements, which will be evaluated by the Founding Diplomates - Invited Specialists of the College.