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  • Finland: Authorization Of Veterinarians Based On Diplomas Awarded Outside The European Economic Area

    AUTHORIZATION OF VETERINARIANS BASED ON DIPLOMAS AWARDED OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA

    The authorization of a person who has been awarded a diploma in veterinary medicine in a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in Finland is subject to the following requirements:

    1. Authorization to pursue the profession in the country which awarded the diploma
    2. Adequate skills in the Finnish or Swedish language
    3. Clinical training and training in food hygiene
    4. Examination


    CONDITIONS FOR AUTHORIZATION

    1. Authorization in the country which awarded the diploma

    A person to be authorised to pursue the profession of veterinarian in Finland must hold a diploma in veterinary medicine awarded in a country outside the EEA which entitles him/her to pursue independently the profession of veterinarian.
    The authorization to pursue the profession may not be restricted in any way.

    2. Adequate language skills

    A person who applies for the authorization to pursue the profession of veterinarian in Finland must possess adequate skills in the Finnish or Swedish language. The language skills must be shown by passing the general language examination of at least level 4, which represents average language skills. If the examination has been taken prior to 2002 based on the earlier levels, the required level is 5. Language skills can also be shown by a certificate of having taken a degree in a Finnish-speaking or Swedish-speaking education establishment.

    3. Clinical training and training in food hygiene

    A person applying for the authorisation to pursue the profession of veterinarian in Finland must pass a clinical training of 2 to 6 months and training in food hygiene. Clinical training includes in-service training in small groups at the clinics of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of University of Helsinki and the related evaluation of clinical work. Training in food hygiene comprises the work of the veterinary Officers for meat inspection and Municipal Veterinarians, training in environmental hygiene at the Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene and training in laboratory work. The clinical training and training in food hygiene may be passed in any order, but adequate language skills must be shown before training.

    Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira sets the length of the training period based on the person’s skills. A decision on this must be applied for from Evira in writing.

    The following documents must be attached to the application form:
    1. certificate of a diploma in veterinary medicine awarded in a country outside the EEA
    2. certificate showing that the person concerned is entitled to pursue independently the profession of veterinarian in the state which awarded the diploma and that the authorization to pursue the profession may not be restricted in any way
    3. certified copy of passport for identification


    The application form must be accompanied by further documents on other education or professional skills of the applicant. The documents attached must be either original or certified copies of the original. If the documents are not in the Finnish, Swedish or English language, a certified translation of the documents into one of these must be attached.

    Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira requests a statement of the length of the training period from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Helsinki.

    When the applicant has received the decision on the length of the training period, he/she must contact the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Helsinki on the organisation of the training, tel. +358-(0)9-191 57156 Janna Koivisto. Application form for required studies (in Finnish) can be found from following website: http://www.vetmed.helsinki.fi/opiske...istuminen.html


    4. Examination

    The person applying for the authorization must also pass an examination organized by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The examination consists of three parts, which must be taken separately:

    1. Examinations in clinical subjects
    2. Examinations in food and environmental hygiene
    3. Examinations in legislation


    The questions must be answered in Finnish or Swedish.

    Further information:

    University of Helsinki
    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    Agnes Sjöbergin katu 2
    00014 HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
    tel. (09) 1911
    http://www.vetmed.helsinki.fi

    Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira
    Mustialankatu 3
    00790 HELSINKI
    tel. 029 530 0400
    http://www.evira.fi
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