Veterinary practitioner - surgery - opening/closing

General information

Opening and close-down of a surgery or private animal hospital have to be notified to the district administrative authority and the Austrian Veterinary Chamber within two weeks.

Only authorized practitioners or companies whose members consist of authorised practitioners are entitled to operate a surgery or private animal hospital.

Holding shares of a company of veterinary practitioners by persons with a different professional background is only allowed if they hold shares as dormant partners where branch offices are foreseen when establishing a limited liability company it has to be ensured that the management responsibility lies with one member only who is entitled to manage one branch office only and holds an integral part of shares of the company.

Veterinarians who manage a surgery or private animal hospital are obliged to keep it in a condition which complies with hygiene standards and veterinary demand and to identify it by appropriate outward designation befitting their profession.

PLEASE NOTE The surgery must also comply with the directives on surgeries set up by the Österreichische Tierärztekammer (Austrian Veterinary Chamber).

Required documents

No additional documents are required.

Deadlines

Notification has to be given to the competent authorities within two weeks.

Costs

There are no fees or charges foreseen for the notification.

Legal basis

§§ 15a, 16 Tierärztegesetz (Veterinary Practitioner Act)

Procedure

A letter has to be addressed to the locally competent district administrative authority and the Austrian Veterinary Chamber containing the abovementioned information.

Prerequisites

See description of the subject matter.

Additional information

Responsible department

Competence for the procedure lies with:

  • the locally competent district administrative authority and
  • the Austrian Veterinary Chamber

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