Regulating the veterinary profession is aimed at protecting the public as well as animal health and welfare, by setting and maintaining standards for veterinary education and professional behaviour. The regulatory process includes restricting admission to the profession to those who are suitably qualified, setting standards for professional behaviour and applying disciplinary measures when necessary. Transparency is assured by a register of suitably qualified veterinary professionals licensed to practice.
Standards for the practice of veterinary medicine are based on science and ethics, objectively justifiable and proportional to the goal to be achieved. Such standards are necessary both to ensure public trust in the veterinary profession and in the interest of the health and welfare of animals and public health.

Down below is the programme of studies leading to the evidence of formal qualifications in veterinary medicine for a veterinary surgeon.