Requirements for registration with the Council
For being registered on the Council’s roll, the applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
1° to be a Rwandan national;
2° to hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine recognized in
3° not to have been subject to any sanction removing him/her from any council of veterinary doctors.
Requirements for a foreigner to be registered with the Council
A foreigner who applies for permission to practice the veterinary profession in Rwanda must fulfill the following conditions:
1° to hold a required degree;
2° to be member of the Council in the country where he/she previously used to practice;
3° to be a national of a country which entered into a bilateral agreement with Rwanda allowing Rwandan nationals to practice such profession within that country.
Application to be registered with the Council
The registration with the Council shall be subject to a written application submitted to the Chairperson of the National Council Board. The application shall be accompanied by required documents.
The Chairperson of the National Council Board shall provide a written reply within thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of the application. However, this period may be extended for a period not exceeding three (3) months if inquiry on the applicant is necessary. The applicant shall be notified in writing.
Refusal to be registered with the Council
If the registration of the applicant mentioned in Article 37 of this Law is refused registration, he/she shall be notified in writing with the reasons for the refusal.
If the applicant is not satisfied with the decision taken, he/she may appeal to the General Assembly of the Council.
If he/she is not satisfied with the decision of the General Assembly of Council, he/she may appeal to the Minister in charge of animal husbandry. If he/she is not satisfied with the decision of the Minister, the person may refer the matter to the
Place of registration of the applicant
Any person applying for registration with the Council shall clearly indicate the Council’s region he/she wants to operate in and his/her work station. In case of change of professional work station, he/she shall inform the National Council Board and
indicate his/her new working station.
Termination of practicing
Every Council member who, for personal reasons, ceases practicing shall do it by a written notification.
The notification for termination of practicing shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the National Council Board within thirty (30) days from the date the member ceases his/her operations and a copy shall be reserved to the relevant Regional Council Chairperson
Professional internship duration
Professional internship shall be conducted over a period of one (1) year during which a person who wants to be registered with the Council is supervised by a registered member that has been practicing for at least five (5) years.
When the internship is completed, the internee’s supervisor shall provide a report relating to the internee’s evaluation to the National Council Board.
The Council’s Internal Rules and Regulations shall set out modalities and assessment criteria ending the internship evaluation which should be based upon for final registration of the concerned person with the Council. Based on the report, the National Council Board shall decide whether the internee should be definitely registered with the Council and be assigned a professional identification number.
When the National Council Board finds the internee’s evaluation not satisfactory, it extends the internship for a period of six (6) months.
When this new period expires and the internee’s evaluation is still unsatisfactory, the internee shall be removed from the list of internees but remains with the right to register again for another internship.
Relations between the Government and the Council
Veterinary Doctors who are employed by the Government shall, upon their request, be registered with the Council.
Veterinary Doctors shall be allowed to stop practicing if they are going to be employed by Government but shall inform the Council.
The Government may, when necessary, entrust some of its veterinary activities to the Council.