general veterinarian


General veterinarians are professionals with a comprehensive scientific education. They have the authority to carry out, in an independent, ethical and personally responsible capacity, all aspects of veterinary medicine, in the interest of the health and welfare of animals and public health in accordance with national and international legislation. The generalist veterinarian can work with any species, however they may choose to work with a single species or types such as equine, companion or production animals.

Alternative label

  • equine veterinarian

  • food production animal veterinarian

  • general vet

  • comprehensive vet

  • veterinary surgeon

  • companion animal veterinarian

  • all-purpose veterinary

  • family vet

  • general veterinarians

Regulatory aspect

This occupation is covered by the Directive 2005/36/EC (and its amendments) on the recognition of professional qualifications. Further information on free movement of professionals. To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database:


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences



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