Privacy Policy

(ESVN and ECVN, last update: 23rd May 2018,


This statement is written to give information to individuals who interact with the European Society of Veterinary Neurology (hereinafter ESVN) and the European College of Veterinary Neurology (hereinafter ECVN or College).


The European Society of Veterinary Neurology (ESVN) was founded in 1987 and serves as a forum for persons interested in all aspects of the nervous system of animals, promotes training programs in veterinary neurology and provides an opportunity for collaborative clinical research throughout Europe.


It is a requirement for all ECVN approved residents to be a member of the ESVN for the duration of their residency.


The European College of Veterinary Neurology is a non-profit organization registered in Germany. The College is a part of the general scheme for veterinary education in the European Union (EU), which is co-ordinated by the European Coordinating Committee on Veterinary Training (ECCVT) and includes the Federation of Veterinarians in Europe (FVE), The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), and the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS). Specialty Colleges are members of the EBVS.


Both, ESVN and ECVN respect your privacy and are committed to protecting the confidentiality of your personal information. This policy explains how ESVN and ECVN collect and use information provided by individuals, and how they protect their privacy. This information regarding ESVN/ECVN Privacy Policy is given in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force on 25th May 2018.


According to the Art. 4 of GDPR (19.05.2018: following definitions apply:

  1. ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;
  2. ‘processing’ means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction;
  3. ‘restriction of processing’ means the marking of stored personal data with the aim of limiting their processing in the future;
  4. ‘profiling’ means any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that natural person’s performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or movements;
  5. ‘pseudonymisation’ means the processing of personal data in such a manner that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the use of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person;
  6. ‘filing system’ means any structured set of personal data which are accessible according to specific criteria, whether centralised, decentralised or dispersed on a functional or geographical basis;
  7. ‘controller’ means the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law;
  8. ‘processor’ means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller;
  9. ‘recipient’ means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or another body, to which the personal data are disclosed, whether a third party or not. However, public authorities which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular inquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients; the processing of those data by those public authorities shall be in compliance with the applicable data protection rules according to the purposes of the processing;
  10. ‘third party’ means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, controller, processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorised to process personal data;
  11. ‘consent’ of the data subject means any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data.

Data Controller

The data controller concerning this information note are jointly ESVN and ECVN.

Data Processor

“Data processor” are the designated officers of the ESVN and ECVN who process your data, as well as ECVN administrative support and the webmaster of this website. Users intending to object to the processing of data for legitimate reasons must notify European Society of Veterinary Neurology and European College of Veterinary Neurology in writing to

How the data is treated?

All data will be processed in compliance with the principles of correctness, lawfulness and transparency, protecting confidentiality as required the GDPR. Specific summary information will be progressively provided or displayed in the relative website pages for specific services available on request.

To protect your information, the ESVN/ECVN use an industry standard security protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to encrypt the transmission of sensitive information between you and our website.

Data is treated exclusively for institutional purposes using computerised instruments and for the length of time strictly necessary to achieve the objective for which it is collected. Specific security measures are followed to avoid the loss of data, unlawful or incorrect use of data and unauthorized access.

Types of processed data

ESVN and ECVN, in their capacity as data controller, inform that, by entering personal information on the website, by authentication to the ESVN/ECVN's web services, or by submitting any enquiries to ESVN/ECVN via e-mail, contact, application and registration forms, via fax, phone or other media, the data relating to identified or identifiable persons will be processed.


The personal information ESVN and ECVN collect might include:

  • your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, fax number;
  • your picture(s), data related to your professional qualifications including cv, your diplomas, titles, scientific publications, participation in related events, engagement in ESVN/ECVN activities or activities within other professional institutions;
  • your date of birth, country of origin, gender;
  • IP address, and information regarding what pages are accessed and when;
  • financial records such as your payments, bank details, means used for transactions.
  • other, if voluntary provided by individuals.

The purpose and legal basis for processing your personal data

The above listed information may be requested as long as it is necessary or relevant for specific activities such as education programme evaluation, accreditation and reaccreditation of members, abstract submissions, examination, issuing certificates and receipts, or other listed in ESVN and ECVN Constitution and By-laws.

In addition, the ESVN and ECVN wish to inform that following features might be applied to streamline, validate or ensure secure usage of the website.


The website uses some cookies to improve the navigation experience. Cookies also help to improve services provided ensuring a more effective usage and/or enabling specific functions.


This website uses the following types of cookies: session cookies for authentication (online services and reserved areas), analytical cookies (Google Analytics) and Google Maps (third-party cookies).


Session cookies

Session cookies are indispensable for managing the authentication of online services and reserved areas. They do not remain saved on the user's computer and are deleted when the browser is closed; their use is strictly limited to the transmission of session ID, required to explore the website safely and efficiently.


Please, be aware that if you disable these cookies you will not be able to use the online services of this website.


Analytical cookies

The website uses Google Analytics by Google, Inc. (hereinafter “Google”) to generate statistics on the use of the web portal; Google Analytics uses (proprietary) cookies which do not memorise personal data. The information obtainable from the cookies on the use of the website by users (including IP addresses) is sent from the user's browser to Google, with registered office in 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States, and deposited on the company's servers.


In particular, the following cookies are used by Google Analytics:

cookie name duration
__utma 2 years
__utmb 30 minutes
__utmc Session
__utmt 10 minutes
__utmz 6 months
_ga 2 years
_gat 10 minutes

By using this website, you consent to the processing of your data by Google for the aforementioned methods and purposes. According to the current terms of service, in its capacity as independent data controller Google will use this information to trace and examine the use of the website, produce reports on the website activities for the website operators and provide other services related to website activities, connection methods (mobile, PC, browser used etc.) and the search methods and access to the portal pages. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where so required by law or to third parties who process this information on behalf of Google. Google will not associate IP addresses to any other data in the possession of Google.


Consult Google's privacy information for the Google Analytics service. Find out more about the Google privacy rules.


Analytical cookies can be disabled without affecting navigation on the website: to disable them, refer to the next section, “How to disable cookies via the browser configuration (opt-out)”.


Google Maps

The website may use Google Maps to provide detailed information on how to locate places or facilities. Google Maps stores several cookies: NID, OGPC, PREF and PAIDCONTENT. Google's interactive maps are used to provide a helpful way for visitors to identify how best to travel to the showed places, and on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found at and its terms of service for Google Maps.

How to disable cookies

You can deny consent to using cookies by selecting the appropriate setting in your browser: all functions of the website will in any case be available during non-authenticated navigation.


The links below reported explain how to disable the cookies for the most common browsers (for any other browsers used, we advise you to look for this option in the software help services).

To disable only Google Analytics cookies

Alternatively you can disable only the Google Analytics cookies, using the additional opt-out component provided by Google for the most common browsers. By this way, you will be able to use all the online services of this website.


Even if you deny authorisation for using external cookies, before doing so the cookies may already have been memorised on your device/PC. For technical reasons it is not possible to delete these cookies, however your browser allows you to delete them using the privacy settings. In the browser options you will find a "Delete navigation data" option, which can be used to delete cookies, website data and plug-ins.

Non-mandatory nature of the provision of data

Apart from what specified for cookies and navigation data, individuals are free to provide their personal data in the forms on the website, or in any case given in contacts with the ESVN and ECVN to request information materials, for other correspondence or to access specific services. If they do not provide such information, however, it may be impossible to satisfy their requests.

Data provided voluntarily by the user

The optional, explicit and voluntary sending of e-mails, messages and any other type of communications, addresses or contact details indicated on this website implies the subsequent acquisition of the sender's e-mail address and any other personal data used to respond to requests.

External links and advertisements

The ESVN/ECVN website contains links to other websites or may publish advertisements and announcements from third parties. Please be aware that the ESVN/ECVN are not responsible for the content or privacy policies of other providers. You are therefore encouraged to read the privacy policies of any other site or advertising individual whenever you leave the ESVN/ECVN website:

Further Recipients of Personal Data

Please note, in order to adhere to the constitutional and statutory obligations of ESVN and ECVN, your personal data maybe transferred to the following recipients:


First category of third-party recipients of your personal data:

  • European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS)
  • European Coordinating Committee on Veterinary Training (ECCVT)
  • Federation of Veterinarians in Europe (FVE)
  • European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)

In addition, whenever applicable, desired and prior consent has been given by an individual, following third-parties may obtain some personal information:


Second category of third-party recipients of your personal data:

  • Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (JIVM)
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)
  • Local ESVN-ECVN event organizers

Rights of interested parties

In accordance with the GDPR, the person to whom the personal data refers has the right to:

  • obtain confirmation of the existence or non-existence of data concerning him/her, and receive an intelligible communication of said data, even if it has not yet been registered.
  • obtain information on:
    1. the source of the personal data;
    2. purpose and method of treatment;
    3. logic applied in the event of treatment using electronic equipment;
    4. subjects or categories of subjects to which personal data may be sent or that may become acquainted with the data in virtue of their capacity as representative appointed for that territory by the State, or managers or persons responsible for said task.
  • to obtain:
    1. an update, modification or when interested, completion of the data;
    2. the deletion, transformation into anonymous form, or to have the data blocked if handled unlawfully, including data that does not need to be stored for the purposes for which the data was collected or subsequently treated;
    3. a declaration stating that the persons to which the data is communicated or divulged are aware of the operations referred to in (a) ad (b), including the content, except in the case in which it is not possible to fulfil said obligation or if this entails an involvement of means that is clearly disproportionate to the right protected.
  • to be opposed, totally or partially:
    1. for legitimate reasons, to the handling of his/her personal data, despite the fact it is relevant to the purpose of the collection;
    2. to the treatment of his/her personal data for the purpose of sending advertising material or direct sales or to its use for market research or commercial purposes.

How long personal information is kept

Personal information supplied by individuals for transactions with ESVN/ECVN: As a general rule, personal information is kept for 10 years as from the moment of transacting with ESVN/ECVN.


This limit does not apply to ESVN/ECVN Committee Members, whose personal information is kept for indefinitely.


If you have any further questions about the ESVN/ECVN Privacy and Security Policy or its implementation, or if at any time you believe that ESVN/ECVN have not adhered to the principles stated in this Policy, please contact us via e-mail


This Privacy Policy shall be subject to updates without prior notice.

(Last update: 23rd May 2018)