Registration with a foreing diploma from outside the EEA and Switzerland
If you obtained your qualification as a veterinarian outside the EEA or Switzerland or if you are a paraveterinary professional (veterinary technician of veterinary nurse) , animal physiotherapist or a embryo transfer professional, you do not qualify for registration by automatic recognition. The Register of Veterinary Medical Practitioners will first assess whether your level of training, possibly in combination with relevant work experience, is equivalent to that of the qualification obtained in the Netherlands (statement of professional competence).
Last updated on the 14th of June 2021
In this section you will find information about the procedure for applying for your registration as a para-veterinarian or a veterinarian. You need several documents. Make sure you have all documents completed before you start your application. This will save you time.
Apart from the postage costs for sending the application form and the required documents, application for registration in the Register of Veterinary Medical Practitioners is free of charge.
It is important that you properly prepare your application to ensure that your application is processed quickly. You should therefore read the information about the documents you need to submit. Make sure you have obtained the obligatory documents before you submit the application.
A copy of your valid ID document;
A copy of your CV (curriculum vitae) covering the full range of your professional assignments;
A certified* copy of the diploma supplement / educational curriculum*;
A certified* copy of the lists of grades (transcript) and assessments of study results, practical periods or work placement certificates;
A copy of your EEA residence / working permit.
* A certified or validated copy is a copy form a original document that carries an original stamp and signature or initials of the person at the institution who issued the document, or of a civil-law notary.
Once your application and the required documents have been received, we will assess your application. The Register of Veterinary Medical Practitioners will request one of the advisory committees for an advice. On the basis of their opinion, the Register of Veterinary Medical Practitioners will decide whether it can register you and whether you can practise veterinary medicine professionally in the Netherlands.
The application process can take 20 weeks, starting from the point when we have received the application form and all necessary documents. You will be notified when we have finished processing your application.
The application for acceptance and/or registration will in any case be refused if, as a result of an irrevocable disciplinary or criminal law judgement, you are no longer allowed to carry out any veterinary activities.
If your application is rejected and you do not agree, you can object to this. You can find more information about how you can object on section objections en applications for review and in the decision.