Training Veterinary Specialist

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Training Veterinary Specialist

The training as a veterinary specialist is matter of the “Länder”: Any of the 17 veterinary chambers assigns its own veterinary specialist, additional and sub-specialization titles according to their further education regulation. The Lower Saxony veterinary chamber offers 32 veterinary specialists (FTAs) and 18 additional titles. They all have in common that further education cannot be started until the approval as veterinarian and the registration at the respective veterinary chamber.

After completing their vocational training, further education offers the possibility to learn special knowledge and skills that entitle the veterinarians to use further titles beside the occupational title. The specialization also facilitates quality assurance in veterinary practice.

Further education as FTA usually takes four years. The contents of the respective further education are regulated in performance catalogues. Thus, the veterinary specialist for small animals, for example, has to carry out at least 30 ultrasound examinations. Additionally, there is a prescribed number of case reports. Furthermore, a dissertation and a publication or alternatively three publications must be proven. Participation at subject-related advanced training courses is also mandatory. A PhD study can be counted as training time.

On completion of the further education, a test of at least 30 minutes is carried out by an audit committee of the veterinary chamber. The annual further education obligation for veterinarians is increased to 30 hours per year of which at least 15 hours must be attended in the respective field. Veterinarians who are authorized to carry out further education must have the respective FTA and must undertake further training of 40 hours per year, 20 of them in the field of the authorization.

Training Veterinary Specialist at the TiHo

Clinic for Poultry FTA for Poultry
FTA for Microbiology
Clinic for Small Mammals, Reptiles and Birds FTA Small Mammals
FTA for Poultry
additional designation Ornamental and Wild Birds
additional designation Small Mammals
additional designation Reptiles
Clinic for Swine, Small Ruminants and Forensic Medicine FTA for Swine
FTA for Small Ruminants
FTA for Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics
Clinic for Small Animals FTA for Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Therapy
FTA for Small Animal Diseases
FTA for Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics
Clinic for Horses FTA for Horses, Sub-fields of Reproductive Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics
FTA for Anesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy
FTA for Imaging Procedures
additional designation Equine Dentistry
Clinic for Cattle FTA for Cattle
FTA for Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics
FTA for Reproductive Medicine
Unit of Reproductive Medicine of the clinics FTA for Reproductive Medicine
Institute for Anatomy FTA for Anatomy
Institute for Biometry, Epidemiology and Information Processing FTA for Epidemiology
Institute for Food Quality and Food Safety FTA for Food
FTA for Milk Hygiene
FTA for Meat Hygiene
FTA for Microbiology
additional designation Hygiene and Quality Management in the Food Sector
Institute for Microbiology FTA for Microbiology
Institute for Parasitology FTA for Parasitology
Fish Pathology and Fish Farming FTA for Fishes
Institute for Pathology FTA for Pathology
Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy FTA for Pharmacology and Toxicology
Institute for Physiology and Cell Biology FTA for Physiology and Physiological Chemistry
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research FTA for Wildlife
Institute for Animal Nutrition FTA for Animal Nutrition and Dietary
Institute for Animal Hygiene, Animal Welfare and Farm Animal Behaviour FTA for Animal Hygiene
FTA for Microbiology
FTA for Animal Welfare
Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics FTA for Molecular Genetics
Institute of Virology FTA for Microbiology
Field Station for Epidemiology (Bakum) FTA for Swine
E-Learning-Consulting FTA Informatics and Documentation