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Apply for a licence to practise medicine as a veterinarian from third countries

Description

In order for you to be able to work as a veterinarian in Germany without restriction, you need a license to practice medicine.

The license to practice medicine is the state admission to the profession. The license to practice medicine is necessary because the profession is regulated in Germany. This means that you are not allowed to work independently as a veterinarian without a license to practice medicine.

The license to practice medicine will be granted to you by the competent authority if your veterinary training is equivalent to the German training. Equivalence is checked in the recognition procedure. You must also meet other requirements to be granted a license to practice medicine.

Even with a professional qualification from a so-called third country, you can obtain a license to practice medicine in Germany. Third countries are all countries that do not belong to the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

If your professional qualification comes from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, other regulations apply.

You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.

  • You have a professional qualification as a veterinarian from a third country.
  • In terms of health, they are suitable for work as a veterinarian.
  • They are reliable and worthy to work as a veterinarian and have no criminal record.
  • You have the necessary knowledge of German for the job. These are general language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

As an alternative to proof of German language proficiency, a technical interview examination by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry is possible.

The competent authority will provide information on the documents you need to submit. Important documents are:

  • Proof of identity (officially certified copy of identity card or passport)
  • a copy of your training certificate
  • Proof of the content of your training:
  • List of subjects and training hours you have completed
  • Certificate that you are allowed to work as a veterinarian in your country of training
  • Proof of your relevant professional experience as a veterinarian
  • Extract from your criminal record or certificate of good conduct from your country of origin as proof of your worthiness and reliability (This proof must not be more than 3 months old at the time of application).
  • Medical certificate of your health suitability (This certificate must be no more than 3 months old at the time of application. The proof can be from an authority in your country of training.)
  • Declaration that you have not yet applied for a license to practice medicine in Germany
  • Certificate of registration or declaration that you want to work where you are applying

The competent authority will tell you which documents you need to submit in the original or as a copy.

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.

The procedure costs money. The competent authority will inform you about the costs. The cost often depends on the effort required for processing.

In addition, additional costs may arise (e.g. for translations or certifications). These costs vary from person to person.

The cost of the license to practice medicine is between 120 euros and 401 euros.

None.

Sometimes documents are still missing in the procedure. The competent authority will then inform you by when you have to submit the documents. As a result, the procedure may be prolonged.

After a maximum of one month, the competent authority will confirm that your application and documents have arrived. The competent authority will inform you if documents are missing.

If the documents are complete, the procedure will take a maximum of 4 months.

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

Application

You submit an application for a licence to practise as a veterinarian to the competent authority. The competent authority will check whether your training corresponds to the German training and whether all other requirements are met. The license to practice medicine can only be granted if your training from a third country is equivalent to the German training.

Examination of equivalence

The competent authority compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification as a veterinarian. The competent authority will check whether your professional qualification is equivalent. The professional qualification is equivalent if there are no significant differences between your foreign professional qualification and the German professional qualification.

Possible results of the test

If your professional qualification is equivalent, your foreign professional qualification will be recognised. The authority can confirm the result to you in writing. You still have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills. Then you will be granted a license to practice medicine as a veterinarian.

If the competent authority finds significant differences, you can compensate for the differences with your professional practice and other knowledge and skills as a veterinarian. You must prove that you have professional experience. Knowledge and skills must be certified by the competent authority of your country of origin. This confirmation is generally sufficient.

However, this knowledge may not be sufficient. In this case, you will not be able to compensate for the essential differences. In this case, your foreign professional qualification will not be recognised.

The competent authority will tell you in writing the essential differences and why you cannot compensate for the essential differences through your professional practice. The decision of the competent authority also states the level of your training and the level required in Germany. You are then not allowed to work as a veterinarian. However, the competent authority will offer you the opportunity to take a knowledge test.

Knowledge test

If your professional qualification is not equivalent and you cannot compensate for the differences, you can take a knowledge test. The knowledge test is based on the final examination as a veterinarian in Germany. If you pass the knowledge test, you will be granted a license to practice veterinary medicine. You must also meet the other requirements and prove your language skills.

Remedy

You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. 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.

  • Proof of language proficiency
    The prerequisite for the license to practice medicine is general German language skills at level B2. You can also submit the required proof of language proficiency during the licensing procedure.
     
  • Professional License
    In exceptional cases, you can also apply for a temporary professional permit if there is a special interest. This can be, for example, a temporary job at a veterinary university. With the professional license, you are allowed to work as a veterinarian for 4 years, even without a license to practice medicine. To do this, you must provide proof of language skills at level B2. With the professional permit, you are only allowed to work to a limited extent. The professional license is not a license to practice medicine.
     
  • Notice of equivalence
    In the licensing procedure, the equivalence of your training is checked (recognition procedure). You can apply for a separate notification for the result of the examination. You must have a legitimate interest in the separate decision.
     
  • Additional tests
    Due to possible deviations of veterinary training in third countries from those in the Federal Republic of Germany, additional (knowledge) examinations must usually be taken in several, especially in legally relevant subjects. A specific designation of the subjects will be made in the course of the application review in each individual case.
     
  • Electronic application
    You can also submit your application electronically.
     
  • Procedure for ethnic German repatriates
    As a late repatriate, you can go through the recognition procedure either according to the law mentioned here or according to the Federal Expellees Act. You can decide for yourself. Your competent authority will advise you on this.

All veterinarians practicing their profession in Saxony-Anhalt belong to the Saxony-Anhalt Chamber of Veterinarians.

Every member of the Chamber must register with the Chamber of Veterinarians within one month of commencing professional activity.

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Energy of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

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