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Special permit to practice veterinary medicine

If you are studying in Sweden


If you are a student of the veterinary programme at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, you can apply for special permit to practice veterinary medicine. In order to be eligible, you need to have completed all courses up to and including year five. In addition, you need to comply with conditions relating to the form of employment.

If you are studying abroad


If you are a student of veterinary educations in other EU countries or in Norway, you can apply for special permit to practice veterinary medicine. In order to be eligible, you need to have completed at least five years of your training, and no more courses must be left for you but to complete a paper equivalent to no more than one term of study. In addition, you need to comply with conditions relating to the form of employment.

How to apply for special permit


Please send your application to the Board of Agriculture, Division for Veterinary Affairs, 551 82 Jönköping, no later than one month before you intend to start your employment. Please use the form in the right-hand column and enclose a copy of your employment certificate.

If you are a student at the SLU, you also need to supplement your application at the end of term by submitting an exerpt from Ladok, showing which courses you have completed. Please e-mail the Ladok excerpt to the division for veterinary affairs or fax it to 036-16 38 28.

If you are a foreign student, you need to enclose a certificate in its original from the university responsible for your education. This certificate must show that you fulfil the requirements and that the education meets the relevant standards for veterinary training.

If you are granted special permit to practice veterinary medicine, you may claim to be a veterinarian, but not a licenced one, within the sector relevant to your qualifications. You can be granted special permit for a total period of no more than 14 months.

If you do not have the right to practice veterinary medicine


If you do not have the right to practice veterinary medicine you must not claim to be a veterinarian in case you examine or treat animals for money. You also must not use a title or professional designation that contains the word veterinary or gives the impression that you are licenced or otherwise authorised by a public authority, or that you have special veterinary qualifications. If you violate this rule, you may be fined.
Last updated: 2013-12-11