Registration with automatic diploma recognition
In this section you will find information about the procedure for applying for your registration as a veterinarian (veterinary surgent) in the Register of Veterinary Medical Practitioners with automatic recognition of your diploma. You need several documents. Make sure you have all documents complete before you start your application. This will save you time.
Last updated on the 31st of August 2023
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.
Your European qualification is not on the list of recognized EEA diplomas?
If you obtained your diploma as a veterinary surgeon (veterinarian) within the EEA or Switzerland but your diploma is not on the list of recognized EEA diplomas, then there are two options:
- You can enclose an additional declaration from the certifying competent authority with your application. The declaration must state that your qualification meets the minimum European requirements. This is a Certificate of Conformity.
- You can enclose an additional declaration from the competent authority which states that your qualification does not meet the minimum European requirements but that you have worked as a veterinarian for 3 consecutive years during the past 5 years (5 consecutive years during the past 7 years for certain countries). The declaration must state that you have lawfully practised the profession in question for at least 3 of the last 5 years, or 5 of the last 7 years prior to the declaration. The certificate will be valid for 2 years from the date of issue.
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