Veterinary surgeon; application for recognition of a foreign certificate of continuing education from the EU

You can apply for recognition of a continuing education certificate from the EU or EEA and for the award of the corresponding German designation


If you have acquired a certificate of further training within the meaning of Article 27 in conjunction with Article 50 of the Bavarian Heilberufekammergesetz (Bavarian Health Professions Chamber Act) in a state of the European Union or the European Economic Area or in a state to which Germany and the European Union have granted a corresponding legal entitlement. Article 50 of the Bavarian Chamber of Health Professions Act, this can be recognized under certain circumstances and the corresponding German designation can be awarded in accordance with the further training regulations for veterinarians in Bavaria.

You can submit the application to the Bavarian State Veterinary Chamber on the basis of the EU Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications in conjunction with Section 20 of the Further Training Regulations for Veterinarians in Bavaria.

The Bavarian Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons checks the equivalence of the level of further training. The level of further training is to be considered equivalent if your further training does not show any essential differences compared to the further training according to the further training regulations for veterinarians in Bavaria in the applicable version.

If substantial differences are found, these can be compensated in whole or in part by knowledge, experience and skills acquired by you in the course of your professional practice in a member state of the EU, an EEA state, a contracting state or a third country.

If the substantial differences are not compensated for by your professional practice, you have the choice between an adaptation course lasting a maximum of three years or an aptitude test. If applicable, the examination covers those knowledge, experience and skills in which substantial differences exist.


  • Veterinary license
  • Membership of a veterinary district association in Bavaria
  • Certificate of further education from the territory of the EU, the EEA or a contracting state


The application must be submitted in writing to the Bavarian State Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons together with the required supporting documents (see under "Required documents").



Processing time

The Bavarian State Veterinary Chamber confirms receipt of the application documents within one month. It informs which documents are missing, if any. It decides on the application no later than three months after receipt of the complete documents. In justified cases, this deadline can be extended by one month.

Required documents

  • The application shall be accompanied by:

    • Licensing certificate - uncertified copy
    • Diploma/certificate of basic veterinary training - in original language with German translation by an officially sworn translator
    • if applicable, doctoral certificate - in original language with German translation by an officially sworn translator
    • if applicable, summary of the dissertation (if subject-related) - in original language with German translation by an officially sworn translator
    • Diploma/recognition/certificate of completed further training - in original language with German translation by an officially sworn translator
    • Curriculum of the completed further training course - in original language with German translation by an officially sworn translator
    • If required by the Bavarian Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons, further documents may be required.


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    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


  • The fees are charged on a time and material basis in accordance with the administrative fee statutes of the Bavarian State Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons.

    A minimum fee of 200.00 EUR must be paid at the time of application.
    The maximum fee is 300.00 EUR.


Administrative court action; in the event of an audit, also an objection


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