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Temporary exercise of the veterinary profession without a licence to practise medicine: licence

Anyone who has completed training as a veterinarian from a non-EU Member State, but does not want to practise medicine and only wants to practise the veterinary profession temporarily, needs a permit.

The permit entitles you to use the professional title "veterinarian".

The permit may be limited to certain activities and employment positions. It may only be granted or extended revocably and only up to a total duration of veterinary activity of no more than four years. A further granting or extension of the permit is possible in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Veterinary Regulations (BTÄO).

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony Chamber of Veterinarians.

This procedure can also be handled through a "point of single contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.

Find your Point of Single Contact here

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority.

What are the fees?

Fees are charged in accordance with the Scale of Fees for Administration in the Field of Consumer Protection and Veterinary Affairs (GOVV).

Scale of Fees for Administration in the Field of Consumer Protection and Veterinary Affairs (GOVV)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The application must be submitted and approved before the veterinary intervention.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 3 Months

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Minister for Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.