Estonia

Regulation

The Veterinary and Food Board, a governmental agency under the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture, based in Tallinn, regulates veterinary medicine. The issuing of licenses for the provision of veterinary services in Estonia falls under the Veterinary Activities Organisation Act of 1999.

Veterinary Specialist Recognition 

There is no veterinary specialist register in Estonia.

Advanced Veterinary Practitioners

There are no middle tier veterinary qualifications in Estonia.

Continuing education of veterinary general practitioners

Continuing education has been compulsory in Estonia since around the mid-2000s. Veterinarians have to be relicensed to practice on a 5-yearly absis and for this have to provide evidence of the continuing education that has been followed in the preceding period. If insufficient continuing education is followed then veterinarians may only be re-certified for 1 year instead of 5 years. Continuing education does not lead to further qualifications.

Veterinary education 

Estonian veterinary education takes place at the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences of the Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu. The institute was founded on January 1, 2005 by the amalgamation of the Institute of Animal Science, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and the Estonian Agrobiocentre of the former Estonian Agricultural University. Veterinarians in Estonia can use the title of Doctor.

Membership Organisations

The membership associations in Estonia are Eesti Loomaarstide Ühing (the Estonian Veterinary Association) and Eesti Väikeloomaarstide Selts (the Estonian Small Animal Veterinary Association).