Veterinary medicine in Hungary falls under the law (2012. évi CXXVII. törvény) which regulates the activity of the HungarianVeterinary Chamber as well as the veterinary services. The supervising authority is the Ministryof Agriculture, in Budapest, which issues veterinary bylaws (41/1997(V. 28.) FM rendelet az Állat-egészségügyi Szabályzat kiadásáról).
Veterinary Specialist Recognition
The title of European Veterinary Specialist can be used but there is no official specialist register for veterinarians in Hungary.
National specialisation has existed for several decades. National specialists have to follow a 2-year course in a specific discipline, accredited by a National Accreditation Committee, and pass examinations. Only the university is authorised to run specialist courses and to issue national specialist diploma (e.g. in buiatrics, small animal medicine, equine medicine, swine medicine, reproduction, laboratory medicine, etc). The university maintains a list of National specialists (known as "Fachtierarzt") and can provide information pertaining to an individual using the title of specialist on request.
Advanced Veterinary Practitioners
Advanced Veterinary Practitioners do not exist in Hungary.
Continuing Education of Veterinary General Practitioners
Continuing education has been compulsory for veterinarians in Hungary for about 20 years. Records of continuing education are kept by the Hungarian Veterinary Chamber. Continuing education does not lead to a specific qualification but is required to maintain a license to practice as a veterinarian in Hungary.
Hungary has one veterinary education education establishment, the Faculty of Veterinary Science, at the Szent István University in Budapest, which was founded in 1787.
The Hungarian Veterinary Association is the national membership organisation for veterinarians.