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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.

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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