Slovakia

Regulation

The provision of veterinary services is regulated by the Slovak Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons, based in Bratislava, under Act No. 442/2004 Coll. on private veterinarians and on the amendment of Act No. 488/2002 Coll. on veterinary care, as amended. The Chamber is a self-governing professional organisation associating private veterinary practitioners that carry on a private veterinary practice on the basis of registration and registers all veterinarians entitled to provide veterinary services in Slovakia. In addition there is a State Veterinary and Food Administration of the Slovak Republic pursuant to Act of the Slovak National Council No 39/2007 Coll. on veterinary care and in the field of the food surveillance pursuant to Act of the Slovak National Council No 152/1995 Coll. on foodstuffs as amended.

Veterinary Specialist Recognition 

The EBVS Diploma and European Veterinary Specialist are fully recognized.

The Slovak Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons has a points system for veterinary specialisation - 300 points must be gathered within a 3-year period from special seminars, conferences, congresses, workshops, and national and international congresses.

Veterinary education 

The University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice is the only institution in the Slovak Republic offering higher education in the veterinary field. It has been providing the veterinary education in English for 15 years. Two porgrammes are offered in English study: a6-year degree programme for secondary-school graduates and a 4-year degree programme for \b\sc graduates in agricultural, veterinary or biological sciences, both leading to the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

Membership Organisations

There is a Slovak Small Animal Veterinary Association (Slovenska Asociacia Veterinarnych Lekarov Malych Zvierat).