A professional animal carer is a natural person who is by profession involved in any capacity to care of animals, including farriers.
A professional animal trainer is a natural person who is by profession dealing in any way with the training of animals.
In order to work as a professional animal trainer / carer in the Republic of Cyprus one needs to obtain a license from the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
The application for the issuance / renewal of a license for professional animal carer / animal trainer can be submitted either electronically through the PSC Cyprus or you can contact directly the local District Veterinary Office or Rural Veterinary Station. Please note that the submission of the aforementioned online application form necessitates the use of an electronic signature, which has to be under the sole control of the applicant.
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
Tel: +357 22805249
The application form must be accompanied by the following documents:
a document by the applicant’s employer, a licensed professional animal carer / trainer or the local authority certifying that the applicant has at least three years of full time working experience in animal care (applicable to animal carers only) or
- Copy of identity card or passport;
- Copy of a certificate or diploma obtained by a local or foreign faculty or institution or
a document certifying at least five years of full time working experience in animal training with at least three years of experience gained by working with a licensed professional animal trainer (applicable to animal trainers only).
Unless the document is issued by a competent authority or body, the document must either be certified by a certifying officer or signed in the presence of the Veterinary Officer who will examine the application.
Furthermore, the Veterinary Services have the authority to require any other additional information deemed necessary.
- Furthermore, in cases where the applicant does not hold a diploma he/she must succeed in an examination on knowledge and competency. The examination can be oral, written or practical. Applicants for an animal carer license are examined by a two-member committee consisted by a Veterinary Officer and a licensed professional animal carer chosen by the Veterinary Officer. Applicants for an animal trainer license are examined by a three-member committee consisted by a Veterinary Officer, a representative of the relevant professional organization and a licensed professional animal trainer.
The applicant is informed regarding the licensing decision within 3 months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
With the issuance / renewal of the license, the applicant must pay the following fees to the local District Veterinary Office or Rural Veterinary Station:
- €17,08 for the issuance or renewal of a professional animal carer license
- €34,17 for the issuance or renewal of a professional animal trainer license.
The license is valid for five years.
Obligations and Supervision
The holder of a professional animal trainer or carer license must comply with the provisions of the Professional Trainers or the Carers Animal Ordinance and the provisions of the Protection and Welfare of Animals Law, as periodically amended. Indicatively:
The holder of a professional animal carer license is obliged to comply with the following:
- Handle and treat the animals according to their natural and ethological (behavioural) needs;
- Cooperate with the Veterinary Services and conform to the Veterinary Services’ instructions in case of risk of spread of infectious diseases or zoonoses.
- The animals under his/her responsibility must be kept in suitable conditions and premises and appropriate equipment must be used which does not have any adverse effect on the animals’ health and welfare.
The holder of a professional animal trainer license is obliged to comply with the following:
- To ensure that the training of animals is appropriate and in conditions according to the animals’ natural and ethological (behavioural) needs.
- To train animals in suitable conditions and premises and with the use of appropriate equipment which does not have any adverse effect on the animals’ health and welfare.
- Do not train animals to shape character hazardous to humans or other animals.
- Do not train animals for use in illegal activities.
- Do not continue the training of any animal which has proven incapable of being trained.