Activity licence for veterinarians

Veterinarians who wish to run a veterinary practice need to apply for a professional activity licence of veterinarians.

Such professional activity licences are without a term and issued by the Veterinary and Food Board.

Veterinary activities are governed by:

  • the Veterinary Activities Organisation Act;
  • Regulation No. 30 of the Minister of Agriculture of 7 April 2015, “Statutes of the National Register of Veterinarians”.

Requirements to the submitter

Applicants for a professional activity licence of veterinarians must have the qualifications of a veterinarian.

Cross-border operation

A veterinarian who has acquired his/her qualification abroad (including in a European Union Member State, EEA State or Switzerland) must apply for a professional activity licence to work in Estonia.

If a veterinarian who has been educated in Estonia wishes to work outside the Republic of Estonia, the veterinarian must ask the Veterinary and Food Board for a certificate certifying their professional activities as a veterinarian, if necessary.

Information about working in other states that are contracting parties to the European Economic Area Agreement is available via the point of single contact of the respective country found on the EUGO network.

Filling and submission of applications

Applicants for a professional activity licence shall submit to the Veterinary and Food Board: an application;

  • a curriculum vitae and an overview of the professional work experience, incl. contact data;
  • a copy of the document certifying the qualifications in veterinary medicine;
  • a copy of the document certifying professional development (need not be submitted if applying within five years as from acquiring the qualifications of a veterinarian).

Applicants for a professional activity licence who have acquired their qualifications in veterinary medicine in a European Union Member State, EEA State or Switzerland shall submit an application, a curriculum vitae and an overview of the professional work experience, and a copy of the document certifying the qualifications in veterinary medicine to the Veterinary and Food Board. Persons who have acquired their qualifications in veterinary medicine elsewhere shall, in addition, submit the veterinary training curriculum of the educational institution that issued the document certifying the qualifications in veterinary medicine.

NB! Before submitting the application, pay the state fee.

Applications can be submitted:

  • via the client portal of the Ministry of Rural Affairs (use of the service requires that you authenticate yourself using your ID card or Mobile-ID);
  • to the e-mail address vet@vet.agri.ee as digitally signed documents;
  • by employing the services of a notary.

Payment of state fee

A state fee of 70 euros is paid for the review of an application for a professional activity licence of veterinarians.

A state fee of 35 euros is paid for the review of an application for a certificate of professional activities of a veterinarian.

To apply for an activity licence, pay the state fee to one of the bank accounts of the Ministry of Finance, providing the reference number 2900082278:

  • SEB – EE891010220034796011;
  • Swedbank – EE932200221023778606;
  • Danske Bank – EE403300333416110002;
  • Luminor Bank – EE701700017001577198.

In the case of paying the state fee for a third party, note down the name of the person or economic operator the state fee is paid for.

Processing of an application

The Veterinary and Food Board decides to grant, suspend, revoke or refuse to grant a professional activity licence, taking the opinion of the professional organisation into account upon making the decision. The Veterinary and Food Board will review an application for a professional activity licence and make a decision to grant or refuse to grant the licence within 20 working days after the receipt of all the documents and information required for making the decision.

Revoking of the activity licence

The Veterinary and Food Board will revoke a professional activity licence on the following grounds:

  • the veterinarian has intentionally submitted false information upon applying for the licence and this information affected the granting of the licence and the licence would not have been granted if the information had not been submitted;
  • a judgment depriving the veterinarian of the right to engage in veterinary practice is in force with regard to the veterinarian;
  • the circumstance that resulted in the suspension of the licence has not been eliminated by the date set in a precept;
  • the veterinarian gives up veterinary practice on their own initiative;
  • the veterinarian has a valid employment contract for working in a general pharmacy, veterinary pharmacy or at a holder of a licence for wholesale distribution or marketing of medicinal products.

The professional activity licence will terminate in the event of the death of the veterinarian.

Supervision

State supervision is exercised by the Veterinary and Food Board.

Contact details

Substantial additional information

Ardo Pakkonen, Veterinary and Food Board, +372 605 1736, e-mail: ardo.pakkonen@vet.agri.ee

Sirli King-Peets, Veterinary and Food Board, +372 605 1710, e-mail: sirli.king-peets@vet.agri.ee

Registry information and technical questions

Client portal of the Ministry of Rural Affairs, tel: +372 625 6100, e-mail: kliendiportaal@agri.ee

Last amended: 15-02-2017 16:24 | Compiled by: Veterinary and Food Board