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Veterinarian: License (Approbation)
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
In order to practice the profession of veterinarian in private practice in Germany without restriction and on a permanent basis, a state license in the form of a license to practice is required. The license is issued in the federal state in which the veterinary examination was taken.
In accordance with EU Directive 2005/36 and the Federal Veterinary Regulations,equivalent foreign qualifications may entitle the holder to practise the profession of veterinary surgeon in Germany. If you have completed your veterinary training abroad, you must apply in writing to the authority of the federal state in which you wish to practise the veterinary profession.
Who should I contact?
To the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Areas, Europe and Consumer Protection (MLLEV).
Responsibility lies with the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Areas, Europe and Consumer Protection (MLLEV).
Which documents are required?
- Identity card, passport or other proof of identity,
- birth certificate,
- a declaration as to whether criminal proceedings or a public prosecutor's investigation are pending against the applicant,
- a medical certificate, which must not be older than one month, stating that the applicant is not unfit to exercise the profession in terms of health,
- official certificate of good conduct, which must not be issued more than one month prior to submission,
- proof of completed training as a veterinarian,
- in the case of veterinary training acquired in a third country, proof of the equivalence of the training,
- Handwritten and signed curriculum vitae focusing on previous professional training and activities,
- Declaration of the place (federal state) where the future professional activity is to be practiced and
- if applicable, proof of the German language skills required for practicing the veterinary profession.
The documents must be submitted in the original or as a notarized or officially certified copy (German official authorities, German notaries, German embassies/consulates are entitled to certify documents, but not church parish offices, lawyers, sworn translators, etc.). Notarizations are only accepted from German authorities.
If the documents are not in German, they must also be submitted as a certified translation. Translations may only be prepared by sworn interpreters and authorized translators. A list of authorized interpreters and translators for the state of Schleswig-Holstein can be found on the following website.
As further documents may be required in accordance with Section 4 of the Federal Veterinary Practitioners' Code and Section 63 of the Ordinance on the Licensing of Veterinarians, particularly in the case of educational qualifications obtained abroad, it is recommended that you contact the MELUND in advance.
What are the fees?
An administrative fee is payable for the granting of the license. This is between 117.00 euros and 400.00 euros, depending on the work involved.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
The application for a license to practice must be submitted before practicing the veterinary profession.
The processing period with final issue of the license to practice is approximately 4-6 weeks. The license takes effect on the day it is issued.
What else should I know?
Acting as a veterinarian before obtaining a license to practice medicine or a permit to temporarily practice the veterinary profession can lead to criminal prosecution in accordance with § 132a of the German Criminal Code (StGB).
Further information can also be found on the website of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein.
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.