Professional and key qualifications

Upon completion of the general phase of studies, the graduate should possess the following professional capabilities for curative duties:

  1. The drawing up of a patient history based on observations made by the graduate or others and to convert this into starting points for examination and treatment,
  2. The carrying out of a physical examination as well as simple laboratory tests,
  3. The drawing up of a summary of symptoms as well as evaluation of their importance,
  4. The ability to arrive at a preliminary diagnosis and differential diagnosis,
  5. The planning of further tests and the collection of samples for such,
  6. The ability to arrive at a diagnosis1.
  7. The ability to come to a prognosis of the probability of the outcome of an illness,
  8. The carrying out of therapy or the prescription of such,
  9. The recommendation or prescription of measures to prevent disease,
  10. To guarantee the proper handling and application of medication,
  11. To manage a veterinary practice including its pharmacy.
  12. Moreover, the graduate should possess the following abilities:
  13. The giving of advice on the behavior, keeping and handling of animals,
  14. The knowledge as to whether an illness or treatment poses a health risk to humans or animals or a danger to the environment,
  15. The ability to decide what animals or products of animal origin are suitable for human consumption
  16. The professional requirements for the relevant continuing education and specialization for the noncurative fields of the profession.

These professional qualifications apply for all species covered in the studies of veterinary medicine and include life or organ-threatening illnesses, diseases relevant in public health as well as common illnesses or those considered important for reasons other than the above mentioned.

The general phase of studies is followed by compulsory specialized education of higher