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Apply for proof of competence in the regular stunning or killing of vertebrate animals carried out professionally or commercially

If you regularly look after, immobilize, stun, slaughter or kill animals professionally or commercially, you must have the necessary knowledge and skills (expertise).

You can apply for the required certificate of competence from the competent authority. To do this, you must prove your competence in the context of a successful examination or a qualification recognised as equivalent.

The certificate of competence lists for which activities, for which animal species and for which type of equipment this applies.

The certificate of competence is valid indefinitely. However, it can be withdrawn if you have violated the requirements of the regulation and facts indicate that this will continue to be the case in the future.

Process flow

  • Download and print the application form. Then fill out the form completely and add the required evidence. Submit the application documents to your competent authority.
  • The competent authority will examine your application and draw up a certificate of competence for the animal categories as well as stunning and killing procedures for which you have been able to prove your expertise.
  • Finally, you will receive your certificate of competence by post or, if necessary, information about the rejection of your application.
  • If there are any changes to your information, please notify your competent authority of these changes.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the independent city, the Hanover region and the Zweckverband Veterinäramt Jade-Weser.

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.

General Ordinance on Responsibility for municipalities and districts for the implementation of federal law (AllgZustVO-Kom)

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  • You have successfully passed the theoretical and practical examination with the competent authority in relation to the animal categories specified in the application as well as stunning and killing procedures.
  • You have an equivalent qualification.
  • In addition, you must not have committed any violations of animal welfare law in the last three years.

Overview of currently equivalent qualifications -

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

Fees are payable in accordance with the Annex to §1 of the Schedule of Fees for Administration in the Field of Consumer Protection and Veterinary Affairs (GOVV) in accordance with Section V1.4.1.

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

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 1 Month
§ 3 paragraph 1 no. 6 Lower Saxony Ordinance on Winding Up of administrative proceedings for the execution of federal law on a single body and on processing deadlines (NeSVO)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

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.