Lithuania

Regulation

Veterinary medicine falls under the State Veterinary and Food Service and is regulated by the is regulated by the Lithuanian Veterinary Chamber, both based in Vilnius, under the Lithuanian Veterinary Law, which dates from 17 December 1991. The Lithuanian Veterinary Chamber registers and licenses veterinarians.

Veterinary Specialist Recognition 

The title European Veterinary Specialist can be used in Lithuania. Thre are no National specialist qualifications.

Advanced Veterinary Practitioners and Continuing Education of Veterinary General Practitioners

There are not advanced veterinary practitioners in Lithuania and continuing education is at present not compulsory.

Veterinary education 

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas has been providing veterinary education in Lithuania for the last 75 years. It consists of four departments, two animal clinics and a pathology centre and currently has more than 1,300 students. Veterinary medicine undergraduate courses are available to international students in English and the food safety undergraduate programme has been offered in English since 1 September 2012.

Veterinarians graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and can follow this with a Master of Science (MSc) degree after around 3 years of further study. Veterinarians use their qualifications as title and the title Doctor is reserved for individuals with a PhD degree.

Membership Organisations

The Lithuanian Veterinary Association is the membership organisation for veterinarians in Lithuania. It is subdivided into sections such as small animal, large animal, general practice, etc.