Federation of Veterinarians of Europe

Towards an Accreditation System

Friday, 01 March 2002

Veterinary Education and Free Movement of Veterinary Surgeons in Europe - Towards an Accreditation System

The free movement of persons and services in the European
Union (EU) are amongst the major principles established by
the European treaties. These also apply to the profession
of veterinary surgeon through the automatic recognition in
the EU of degrees granted by EU veterinary teaching establishments.
This relies however on the assumption that an equivalent level
of training is provided throughout the EU. Hence the purpose
of Directive 78/1027, which establishes the minimum knowledge
to be acquired during the training period of a veterinary

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