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Provided legal advice and got veterianry license for a client in June of 2018

When starting private veterinary practice, one should not only have the required veterinary training but also be able to organize his or her business in accordance with the requirements of applicable law. The latter is one of our major areas of expertise - we provide comprehensive legal support and assistance in obtaining the main document - a license to practice veterinary medicine, which certifies that your activities meet the requirements of the law. If necessary, we can also hold consultations. This will help you to successfully start your business.

In this publication you can learn more about the practical experience of the Pravova Dopomoga Law Firm in the field of veterinary medicine licensing.

In June of 2018, we were contacted by a Client who intended to obtain such a license. First of all, he was interested in the following questions:

  • How long should work experience be in order to obtain the license?
  • What are the requirements for the premises?
  • How different are the licensing requirements for the clinic and outpatient clinic?

The Client had two years of experience as a veterinarian and was confident that this was enough to obtain the license. He also found a premise that he considered suitable for this activity, but did not sign a lease agreement because he wanted the specialists to analyze whether it met the requirements of the law.

Having received all the necessary information from the Client and having studied his documents, our specialists informed the Client that no work experience is required to obtain the license to practice veterinary medicine. All the licensee needs is to have veterinarian education. At the same time, you don’t even have a master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree or even a diploma of junior specialist will be enough.

Having checked the plan of the premises, our lawyers enquired the Client about the kind of the future veterinary facility. The Client couldn’t decide between the clinic and the outpatient clinic. So, we asked him about the kind of activities to be carried out there and whether the premises were a separate building. The Client said that the premises were located on the first floor of a non-residential building. During the legal consultation, which is included in the service for obtaining a license, our experts explained that according to the licensing regulations in the field of veterinary medicine, the premises of the clinic had to be located in a separate building. Therefore, in his particular case, he could set up only an outpatient clinic (the Client did not wanted to open a veterinary office). The law of Ukraine sets no requirements for the total area of the outpatient clinic and the area of its separate premises. The abovementioned licensing regulations provide only for the list of rooms and places of a certain purpose. Therefore, our lawyers advised the Client on the equipment of rooms, according to the plan of the premises.

Having agreed with the Client upon the key issues, our specialists prepared a package of documents to be submitted to the licensing authority. And after the Client signed the documents, they were submitted to the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection. Already at the nearest meeting of the licensing commission, which took place a few days after the submission of the documents, the licensing authority made a decision to grant the license. Due to our extensive experience in the field of licensing, we can determine all the problematic aspects in advance, so that the licensing authority has no reasons to return the documents for refinement. The Client was totally satisfied with the service, including with the speed of the license issuance.

If you intend to obtain the license to practice veterinary medicine, please don’t hesitate to contact our lawyers.

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