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Recognition of further training to obtain a specialist veterinarian or additional title according to the further training regulations of the Lower Saxony Veterinary Association for qualifications from EU/EEA/Switzerland

The qualification as a specialist veterinarian must be recognised in Germany. This means that you need recognition if you want to use the title "specialist veterinarian" for your specialization in the selected federal state.

Veterinarians can acquire further designations after completing their training and obtaining their license to practice medicine or permission to practice the veterinary profession.

The aim of the training is to impart in-depth knowledge, experience and skills that enable and entitle the holder to use other designations in addition to the professional title as an indication of special or other additional knowledge or skills in a specific veterinary field (specialist veterinarian) or area (additional title). It also serves to ensure the quality of veterinary practice.

The corresponding specialist veterinarian or additional designations may only be used if the required further training has been successfully completed and the designation has been recognized by the Chamber.

Note: You may only use the designation after recognition for your specialization if there is also a corresponding continuing education designation in Germany.

Process flow

Before you submit the application, you must already have a license to practice veterinary medicine or a professional license in Germany.

You can apply for recognition of your continuing education title as a specialist veterinarian at the responsible Chamber of Veterinarians:

  • First, you submit your application and the required documents to the Veterinary Association of the state in which you want to work.
  • If necessary, you will be asked to submit missing documents.
  • The competent authority will check whether your qualification is equivalent. It is equivalent if there are no significant differences between your foreign qualification and the German continuing education qualification.
  • If your qualification as a specialist veterinarian is recognised, you can use the specialist title in Germany. You will receive a notification.

If significant differences are found, the equivalence of your qualification as a specialist veterinarian will not be certified:

  • You will receive a justification.
  • You can start further training to acquire the designation in an eligible site (which would hire you).

You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority within a certain period of time (e.g. file an objection). The decision will then be reviewed. Details can be found in the information on legal remedies at the end of your decision. We recommend that you first talk to the competent authority before taking legal action against the decision.

Portal "Recognition in Germany"

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony Chamber of Veterinarians.


  • You must already have a state professional license (Approbation) as a veterinarian valid in Germany or a professional license.
  • You must prove the equivalence of your professional qualification as a specialist veterinarian.

Which documents are required?

  • Curriculum vitae with details of completed further training and professional experience
  • Proof of identity (ID card or passport)
  • Proof of German license to practice medicine or professional license and proof of equivalent level of training
  • Proof of further training and certificates of professional practice
  • Written statement as to whether you have already applied for recognition from another veterinary association.
  • Further documents to be submitted can be found in the linked further training regulations of the Lower Saxony Veterinary Association.

If your documents are not available in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. Translations must be carried out by translators who are publicly appointed or authorised.

What are the fees?

Fee: 200,00 - 650,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
Fees may apply, please contact the competent authority. Method of payment: bank transfer, SEPA direct debit if necessary

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Objection Deadline: 1 Month

Processing duration

Processing Time: 1 - 8 Months
Within 8 months of receipt of complete, verifiable documentation.

Applications / forms

Forms available: No, Written form required: Yes, Informal application possible: Yes, Personal appearance required: No, Online services available: No

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Chamber of Veterinarians and


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)