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Danish authorisation for veterinary surgeons based upon EU-law

Did you gain your qualification in an EU member state (or an EEA country or Switzerland)? Then please ensure you read all of the information below on attaining an authorisation as a veterinary surgeon, before you apply.

This page gives an overview on the rights based upon the directive on the recognition of professional qualifications (directive 2005/36).

The rules laid out here are applicable to people who want to practice the profession as a veterinary surgeon in another country than the one where they obtained their qualifications.

The directive sets up a system for the recognition of professional qualifications based upon automatic recognition of qualifications, that is a diploma, or recognition based on professional experience through either acquired rights or the general system for the recognition of evidence of training. The most common procedure to use is the one based upon automatic recognition of qualifications (the diploma in veterinary medicine). The paths to acquiring an authorisation are described further below. Firstly, however, you must ensure you are eligible.

Who is eligible?

People eligible under the EU directive on the recognition of professional qualification must have:

  • A qualification according to the directive, and
  • Be one of the following:
    • a national of an EU member state.
    • a European Union rights entitled person from an EU member state.
    • a national of an EEA country (Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland.

There is no (Danish) language requirement.

EU rights entitled persons from an EU member state

Are you a family member of an EU national exercising his or her right to free movement within the EU? People who are entitled persons and thus covered by the directive are for example spouses to EU nationals or people who have gained refugee status in an EU member state. Read more about derivative rights and the group of people included on the webpage of the European Commission.

In case you want to take advantage of the derivative rights under the community rights entitled persons, you must prove it. If you for example are married to/in a civil partnership with an EU national migrating with that person to Denmark from an EU member state. Your application should thus be supplemented by a copy of your spouse's /civil partner's valid passport and a marriage or civil partnership certificate.

EU nationals with education from a third country

EU nationals/entitled persons/EEA nationals and Swiss nationals with education from a third country applying for a Danish authorisation as veterinary surgeon after their education has been recognised in another EU member state/EEA country/Switzerland may have their application assessed according to the directive as well. For details about this option, consult the section below about the general system for the recognition of evidence of training.


Non-EU nationals/non-entitled persons with education from an EU member state or EEA country

In case you are neither an EU national nor have EU rights entitlement you may either be eligible for applying under the rules for third countries or, if you hold a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, under the rules for domestic education. 

Recognition of qualifications – Do you hold the diploma entitling you an authorisation?

Automatic recognition of qualifications, that is based upon diploma, is done according to chapter III of the directive. The rules are found in article 38 – the professional qualification must comply with the criteria in annex V, point 5.4.2.

It is crucial that your diploma:

  • states the exactly same title of the degree awarded,
  • is awarded from a university that is listed, and
  • that it is within the reference date.

The directive is implemented in the Danish order on veterinary surgeons in Denmark for EU and EEA nationals.


However, the specific title you must hold and from which university, depending on the country where you obtained your diploma, are not listed in the order, why you must look in point 5.4.2 to see if the title and university correspond exactly to your diploma. There are specific titles for each country/each university. Please note, that for some countries a certificate is required in addition to the diploma.

Furthermore, you must have begun the education that grants you the diploma after the reference date mentioned in annex V, point 5.4.2 at the member state in question.

Please note, that for a few countries there are further specific requirements.


In case the diploma does not correspond to the information in point 5.4.2. 

You need a certificate in case the diploma does not correspond to the information in point 5.4.2. The certificate, in the situations mentioned above, you must obtain from the competent authorities in the country of education.

The certificate should be stating that your diploma fulfils the requirements for recognition according to article 38 of the directive. If the name of your qualification, which meets the minimum criteria for training, does not correspond to the name listed in point 5.4.2 of annex V, you must obtain a change of designation certificate from the competent authorities in the country where you obtained the diploma. 

The certificate should be accompanying your application for authorisation or sent directly from the authorities to us. The titles and universities applicable for EEA countries can be found in point d) in Annex VII to the EEA Agreement. The titles and universities applicable for Switzerland can be found in annex III to the Agreement with the Swiss Confederation: free movement of persons

In case your qualification is not listed in point 5.4.2 – and no certificate can be obtained

Your qualification may still be recognised under an acquired rights regime or the general system for the recognition of evidence of training. See further below for more information.

 

In case the diploma falls outside the reference period 

In case the diploma falls outside the reference period (which is the case, when the education is commenced prior to the country joined the EU) you also need a certificate. 


The certificate, in the situations mentioned above, you must obtain from the competent authorities in the country of education. The certificate should be stating that your diploma fulfils the requirements for recognition according to article 38 of the directive. The certificate should be accompanying your application for authorisation or sent directly from the authorities to us. 

Another option in case you commenced your education prior to the reference date, is that you obtain an attestation from the competent authorities in the member state (where you have been practicing as veterinary surgeon) stating that that you have been effectively and lawfully practising the profession as a veterinary surgeon for at least 3 consecutive years during the 5 years prior to the attestation being issued. This is the general principle of acquired rights as laid down in article 23(1). Read more about the system of acquired rights regime further below. 


Acquired rights regime

In case the evidence of your formal qualifications, that is your diploma, does not qualify for automatic recognition of qualifications, confer above, your application for authorisation as veterinary surgeon may be assessed upon the acquired rights regime according to article 23 of the directive.

You may submit evidence of formal qualifications (diploma/certificate), which attests successful completion of training which began before the reference dates laid down in annex V, point 5.4.2 of the directive, and which is accompanied by a certificate stating that you have been effectively and lawfully engaged as a veterinary surgeon for at least 3 consecutive years during the 5 years preceding the award of the diploma/certificate.

Your application must furthermore enclose a document proving your identity and nationality, a letter of good standing, and the veterinary oath. The details hereof and the process for applying can be found below under the section "Application procedure for authorisation".

Please note, that for a few countries there are further specific requirements – see article 23(2) to (5).

The general system for the recognition of evidence of training

In case your veterinary qualification does not qualify for recognition under the automatic recognition of qualifications or under the acquired rights regime, your application may be processed under the general system for the recognition of evidence of training, confer chapter I of the directive (articles 10-14). Under this system, your professional qualification may be recognised if you have full access to the profession as veterinary surgeon in the home country (EU member state/EEA country).

Note, that for the profession of veterinary surgeon the directive has introduced common minimum training standards and the profession is regulated in all member states. It is therefore not all situations mentioned under the general system for the recognition of evidence of training in chapter I that are applicable in this context.

Please have a look at article 11 of the directive for which levels of qualification are applicable to the general system for the recognition of evidence of training. Article 12 describes the equal treatment of qualifications.

Specifically for applicants with education from a third country

Specifically for applicants with education from a third country applying for a Danish authorisation as veterinary surgeon after their education has been recognised in another EU member state/EEA country/Switzerland may have their application assessed according to article 3(3) of the directive.

The evidence of formal qualifications issued by a third country will be regarded as evidence of formal qualifications if you have 3 years' professional experience as a veterinary surgeon on the territory of the member state which recognised that evidence of formal qualifications in accordance with article 2(2). This article grants the member state the possibility, according to national law, of awarding its nationals, who obtained the professional qualifications outside a member state, permission to exercise the regulated profession as a veterinary surgeon.

Your application must furthermore enclose a document proving your identity and nationality, a letter of good standing, and the veterinary oath. The details hereof and the process for applying can be found below under the section "Application procedure for authorisation".

What does it mean to have a Danish authorisation as veterinary surgeon?

There are some obligations that follow when you practise as a veterinary surgeon in Denmark:

  • You are for example under governmental supervision
  • You may be called in to perform tasks of a veterinary surgeon in situations where the government lacks veterinary surgeons at time of a crises
  • In some situations you are obliged to report your client to the police in case your client does not comply with your veterinary advise.

Who may call themselves veterinary surgeons and what may they practice?

The title of veterinary surgeon is a title protected by law. If you a not entitled to claim to be a veterinary surgeon, you risk of being fined.

In Denmark, only veterinary surgeons are allowed to claim to be veterinary surgeons and practice the profession, with the exclusive right to treat animals for a disease where the treatment requires veterinary insight; write prescriptions for animal drugs; and state that you are a veterinary surgeon or use a title impressing that you are one/allowed to perform tasks as one.

Do you need Danish authorisation – do you provide your services on a temporary and occasional basis?

If you are authorised as a veterinary surgeon in an EU member state/EEA country/Switzerland and only want to work in Denmark occasionally or temporarily you may qualify for temporary registration, without having to apply for a Danish authorisation as veterinary surgeon. This follows from the Danish order on veterinary surgeons in Denmark for EU and EEA nationals and titel II of the directive.

Be aware, that in Denmark only people with a Danish authorisation as veterinary surgeons, that may for example write prescriptions. See the more about restrictions above.

For example if a veterinarian live in Germany or Sweden and work in Denmark on a daily basis it is not considered to be temporary or occasional. One must apply for a Danish authorisation as veterinary surgeon. If the veterinarian, on the other hand, only work in Denmark a few days a month, it would fall within the scope of temporarily or occasionally.

Before you provide your services in Denmark, you must make a written declaration in advance to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

What the declaration must contain

The first time you make the declaration you must submit the following information and documents. The documents must be submitted/uploaded in a good quality, clear and legible. If we consider the quality insufficient, the documents must be sent in again:

  • Proof of identity and nationality
     A copy of your valid EU identity card or passport. Note, that if the names in your identification document do not correspond to the one of your diploma, you should also enclose a document proving the name change. That could be a marriage certificate or official name change certificate. In case you derivate community rights – the required documents. See more in the section about eligibility above.

  • Letter of good standing
    The letter of good standing must be issued from the competent authority in the country where you have obtained your diploma. A letter of good standing is valid for 3 months after the date of issue and must be valid when we receive it.

  • Evidence of professional qualifications (for example diploma)
    Attach a copy of your diploma in the original language. 

  • Information
    In relation to whether you intend to prescribe drugs.

The declaration must be renewed once a year, if you intend to continue to providing services on a temporary or occasional basis during that year.

The assessment of the temporary and occasional nature of the services is made on case-by-case basis. Factors coming into play are duration, frequency, regularity and continuity.

After you have made the declaration, including the documents/information required, you
may provide your services immediately.

Please, check in section below "Application procedure for authorisation" for information on

  • How and where to submit your declaration,
  • Use and exchange of personal data, and
  • Representative – Power of attorney.


Application procedure for authorisation

Before applying

Please ensure you have read all of the information on our webpage about application for authorisation as veterinary surgeon and have the required documents, before you apply.


What the application must contain

There is no required form to fill out when applying for the authorisation. The documents must be submitted/uploaded in a good quality, clear and legible. If we consider the quality insufficient, the documents must be sent in again and then the processing time will be extended. 

The application must enclose the following:

  • The application
    There is no need motivate your application. Merely state that you are applying for an authorisation for veterinary surgeon. Do also write the physical address to where you want to receive the hard copy of your authorisation.

  • Proof of identity and nationality
     A copy of your valid EU identity card or passport. 
    Note, that if the names in your identification document do not correspond to the ones of your diploma, you should also enclose a document proving the name change. That could be a marriage certificate or official name change certificate.

  • The diploma
    Attach a copy of your diploma in the original language. Do not translate the diploma. The diploma must correspond to the criteria set out in point 5.4.2 in annex V of the directive, in relation to the title of diploma and university in the national language, and the reference, date as mentioned above.

  • Letter of good standing
    The letter of good standing must be issued from the competent authority in the country where you have obtained your diploma. The letter of good standing must be valid and must not be issued more than 3 months when we receive it.

  • The veterinary oath 
    The oath is required by law and can be submitted as a scan/photo if sent electronically. Download the veterinary oath here and fill out the information about you and sign it. An authorisation as veterinary surgeon imposes obligations on you, for example in crises you may be obliged to perform tasks as a veterinary surgeon.

 

Where to upload your application / which address to send it to

The application can be sent electronically or via post. There is no need to send it both electronically and via post.

To securely submit your application upload your personal information and documents through the contact form at our webpage www.fvst.dk/contact. In case you already have access to e-Boks the Danish digital postbox it is also possible to upload your application securely through that channel. e-Box is available to people with NemID and Danish social security number, CPR-number.

The post the address is:

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration
Stationsparken 31-33
DK-2600 Glostrup


Processing time

The estimated expected time for processing the application is 4 weeks after the application is fully documented/all necessary information are received. We will send you a receipt containing a case file number usually within 2 weeks after we have received your application. In case you do not hear from us, it will be most fruitful if you send us an email asking for your receipt and informing us whether you have sent your application with post or electronically.

Use and exchange of personal data

The information provided is registered with the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. We register and use the information in your application. During the process, we might need to contact the authorities and/or other third parties in the country where you obtained your diploma, have practiced as veterinary surgeon, etc. in order to verify information about you and the documents you provide.

Read more about our privacy policy on our main webpage.

Representative – Power of attorney

In case you are applying on behalf of someone else, you need to provide a power of attorney.

Attach a signed power of attorney to the application. Uploading power of attorney is not applicable for attorneys at law, who are allowed to practice in Denmark.

You, the representative, must provide the following personal information/document about yourself:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • A copy of identification document (for example passport, EU national identification card, or Danish ID – Sygesikringsbevis)

 

Complaint in case your application was rejected

If the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration decides to reject your application for authorisation, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration will send you a reasoned decision.

If you disagree with decision you have the right to appeal the decision. The deadline for submitting an appeal is four weeks from the date of which the decision was announced.

Send your written appeal to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration using the contact information (digital or physical mail) stated above in section "Where to upload your application / which address to send it to". We will forward the appeal to the Danish Appeal Board, Miljø- og Fødevareklagenævnet.