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Licence to practise as a veterinarian: Granting

In order to be able to practice the profession of veterinarian in Germany, a separate professional license - the license to practice medicine or the permission to temporarily practice the veterinary profession - is required.

The license to practice medicine is granted by the federal state in which the veterinary examination was taken or, if the veterinary training took place outside of Germany, by the federal state in which the veterinary profession is to be exercised in established activity.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Tierärztekammer Niedersachsen.


The license to practice medicine is linked to various prerequisites, which are based on

  • successful completion of studies in Germany or an equivalent qualification abroad,
  • nationality, and
  • personal and health suitability for the exercise of the profession


Which documents are required?

You can request an overview of the documents required for the granting of the licence to practise medicine from the competent authorities.

The documents required in accordance with § 4 of the Federal Veterinary Regulations (BTÄO) and § 63 of the Ordinance on the Licensing of Veterinarians (TAppV) are required. They may be addressed to the competent authority without any specific formalities.

Federal Veterinary Regulations (BTÄO)

Ordinance on the Approbation of Veterinarians (TAppV)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The application for a licence to practise medicine or authorisation to practise the veterinary profession on a temporary basis must be submitted before the veterinary profession is practised.

What else should I know?

A veterinary activity before the granting of the license to practice medicine can lead to criminal consequences according to § 132a of the Criminal Code (StGB).

§ 132a Criminal Code (StGB)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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