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SAQ challenge

Calling all ECVAA exam candidates: Invitation to join the SAQ challenge!

This “challenge” consists of a “club” where exam candidates are given the chance to practice answering SAQs. This is based on a tried and tested system developed for the primary FRCA exam (which is the closest medical equivalent of our anaesthesia diploma exam) and has demonstrated repeated success, with the FRCA candidates achieving very high pass rates.

In order to participate, candidates will require a printer, a scanner and the motivation to practice SAQ exam questions.

The “SAQ challenge”, will commence on the 1st of March and finish on the 31th of July 2019. Applications to participate are now open and will close on the 10th of February.

Participation will be anonymous, requiring you to create SAQs and model answers, to answer papers under exam conditions and to mark SAQ papers. The aim is NOT to improve your knowledge, but to improve your technique in answering SAQs.

Any third year resident or candidate planning to sit the exam in 2019/20 who is interested in participating should contact us at We will then send a booklet with more detailed information.

Best Wishes,
SAQ Team


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Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia is published on behalf of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists and the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and is the official journal of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, the Veterinary Technician Anaesthesia Society, the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anaesthetists, and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.

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Important dates
  • Written examinations:
    August 26-27th 2019 in Hannover (and possibly Perth)
    August 24-25th 2020
  • Oral examinations: 25th -29th November 2019
  • (you may download the summary table of the deadlines)
  • For Diplomates
    1 February: Revalidation form (RVD), Centre (Re-)approval (ACR), Annual supervisor report (SRS/SRA)
    1 September: Revalidation form (RVD), Centre (Re-)approval (ACR)
  • For candidates
    1 January: intention to submit credentials/sit the exams (ICrEX)
    1 February: annual trainee report (SRS/SRA), Submission of residency programme (EDA/AAP)
    1 March: credentials submission (ACrEX)
    1 July: letter of final acceptance for original papers, deadline to cancel attendance to examinations
    1 September: submission of residency programme (EDA/AAP)

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