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Veterinary Activities Organisation Act (1999)

Document type
Livestock, Fisheries, Wild species & ecosystems
Animal welfare Public health Hygiene/sanitary procedures Inspection Drugs Disinfection/disinfestation Authorization/permit Royalties/fees Liability/compensation Fish disease Animal health Pests/diseases Wild fauna
Geographical area
Europe, EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA, European Union Countries, Northern Europe

This Act provides the grounds for the organisation of veterinary activities. Veterinary activities are a system of measures applied to protect animal and human health and to ensure the welfare of animals that includes activities in the areas of animal health, animal product hygiene and animal protection. Veterinary activities include steps taken in the course of state veterinary supervision, in the course of veterinary checks carried out in the framework of proceedings for granting activity and other licences and in the course of veterinary practice. Veterinary practice means activities in the field of treatment, prevention and diagnosis, including laboratory diagnosis, of animal diseases. Veterinary supervision steps taken and veterinary checks carried out by official veterinarians and authorised veterinarians are not considered veterinary practice. A veterinarian has the right to engage in veterinary practice. For the purposes of this Act, ‘veterinarian’ means a person who is qualified in veterinary medicine and holds a professional activity licence of a veterinarian. For the purposes of this Act, ‘animal’ means any mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish or invertebrate living in artificial conditions or freely in the wild. This Act further provides for organisation of veterinary supervision and veterinary checks; authorised veterinarian, procedure for authorisation, and rights and obligations of authorised veterinarian; requirements for engaging in veterinary practice; authorisation of laboratory; veterinary supervision fee; and liability.

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References - Legislation


Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific hygiene rules for the hygiene of foodstuffs.

Legislation | 2004

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Basic legislation, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Processing/handling, Standards, Meat, Fish products, Game, Milk/dairy products, Poultry products


Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Legislation | 2004

Keyword: Animal feed/feedstuffs, Basic legislation, Food quality control/food safety, Standards, Food additives, Inspection, Internal trade, International trade, Enforcement/compliance, Animal health, Animal welfare


Regulation (EU) 2016/1012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on zootechnical and genealogical conditions for the breeding, trade in and entry into the Union of purebred breeding animals, hybrid breeding pigs and the germinal products thereof and amending Regulation (EU) No. 652/2014, Council Directives 89/608/EEC and 90/425/EEC and repealing certain acts in the area of animal breeding (‘Animal Breeding Regulation’).

Legislation | 2016

Keyword: Animal production, Animal reproduction, Cattle, Equine-animals, Genetic resources, Herd book, Sheep/goats, Swine



Law of the Republic of Estonia on Veterinary Service of 10 November 1992.

Legislation | Estonia | 1992

Keyword: Animal health, Pests/diseases, Institution, Non-edible products, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, International trade, Drugs