Application You shall submit an application for approval as a veterinarian to the competent body. The competent body checks whether your training corresponds to the German training and that all other prerequisites are met. Automatic recognition As a rule, the automatic recognition procedure applies if you have started your vocational training after the EU/EEA accession of your training country. This means that if you also meet all other requirements, your professional qualification will be recognised without an individual examination of equivalence. Certificate Vocational training that you started before your country of education (or does not comply with the legal designations) you started before your EU/EEA accession can also be recognised automatically. To do so, you must present a certificate from the competent authority of your training country that your professional qualification complies with the EU minimum standards ("Certificate of Conformity"). If your professional qualification does not meet the minimum standards, you must prove your professional practice. You must have worked as a veterinarian in the country of origin for 3 consecutive years in the last 5 years prior to the application. This must be confirmed by the competent authority of your country of origin. This confirmation is generally sufficient. Examination of equivalence If you are unable to present a certificate of conformity or do not have enough professional practice, your training must be checked individually. The competent body compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification as a veterinarian or veterinarian. The competent body shall check whether your professional qualification is equivalent. The professional qualification is equivalent if there are no significant differences between your foreign professional qualification and the German professional qualification. Possible results of the test If your professional qualification is equivalent, your foreign professional qualification will be recognised. The authority may confirm the result in writing. You have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills. Then you will be granted the approval as a veterinarian. If the competent body finds significant differences, you can compensate for the differences through your professional practice and other knowledge and skills as a veterinarian. You must prove your professional practice. Knowledge and skills must be certified by an authority of your country of origin. However, this knowledge may not be sufficient. You cannot then compensate for the main differences. Your foreign professional qualification will not be recognised. The competent body shall tell you in writing the main differences and why you cannot compensate for the essential differences with your professional practice. The decision of the competent authority also states what level of training your training has and what level is necessary in Germany. You may not work as a veterinarian. However, the competent authority offers you to take an aptitude test. Aptitude test If your professional qualification is not equivalent, you can take an aptitude test. In the aptitude test, one examines the main differences in your professional qualification. If you pass the aptitude test, you will be granted a certificate as a veterinarian. You must also meet the additional requirements and demonstrate your language skills. Remedy You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. The decision will then be reviewed. Details of this can be provided in the appeal notice at the end of your decision. We recommend that you speak to the appropriate body before taking legal action against the decision.