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specialised veterinarian





Specialised veterinarians are professionals with a comprehensive scientific education. They have the authority to carry out, in an independent, ethical and personally responsible capacity, all aspects of veterinary medicine, in the interest of the health and welfare of animals and public health in accordance with national and international legislation. In addition they need a recognized qualification and/or experience in a specific species and/or veterinary procedure.

Scope note

Veterinary specialisms are generally classified according to species and/or procedures, for example: Species covered may include equine and zoological animals Procedures covered may include cardiology, orthopaedics Current lists  of specialisms and details for the specific qualifications and experience required can be found at: and/or You are advised to contact the relevant national regulatory body for further information.

Alternative Labels

companion animal internal medicine veterinarian

veterinary neurologist

specialized veterinarian

veterinary oncologist

veterinary pathologist

veterinary clinical pathologist

veterinary cardiologist

wildlife health management veterinarian

small ruminant health management veterinarian

zoological medicine veterinarian

herpetological medicine veterinarian

veterinary pharmacologist and toxicologist

veterinary microbiologist

veterinary theriogenologist

specialized vets

poultry veterinary scientist

aquatic animal health veterinarian

sports medicine and rehabilitation veterinarian

diagnostic imaging veterinarian

bovine health management veterinarian

small mammal medicine veterinarian

specialized vet

veterinary ophthalmologist

veterinary parasitologist

veterinary dermatologist

equine internal medicine veterinarian

animal behavioural medicine veterinarian

porcine health management veterinarian

veterinary comparative nutritionist

veterinary anaesthetist

veterinary dentist

laboratory animal veterinarian

emergency medicine veterinarian

Regulatory Aspect

This occupation is covered by the Directive 2005/36/EC (and its amendments) on the recognition of professional qualifications. Further information on free movement of professionals. To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database:

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