Education Requirements 

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Education Requirements & Qualification Experience

1.    All FEI Veterinarians must fulfil the requirements for PTVs, as the first step.

2.    PTVs may then, only after being listed as a PTV and with the support of their National Federation, apply to become an OV as set forth in the Education Requirements.
 

Permitted Treating Veterinarians 

1.    The first step in the qualification process for FEI Veterinarians is to become a PTV. Veterinarians wishing to become a PTV must, in addition to satisfying the criteria set forth above:

a)    be licensed with the appropriate veterinary regulatory body in their home country or country of residence, following the completion of the necessary veterinary degree;

b)    have an understanding of English, both written and spoken;

c)    provide names of 2 veterinary character references to their NF, one of which must be a veterinarian currently on the OV list;

d)    be familiar with the matters contained in the FEI GRs and when they must be consulted to properly deal with a veterinary matter;

e)    be familiar with the current VRs and EADCMRs to properly perform their duties as a PTV;

f)    accept and sign the PTV Codex;

g)    successfully complete the PTV examination; and 

h)    the above steps must be complied with before attending an FEI Veterinarian Course.

2.    Following successful completion of the PTV examination, the veterinarian will be listed as a PTV by the FEI for a period of 4 years.

3.    The examination must be successfully re-taken once every 4 years to maintain qualification as a PTV.

4.    PTVs are advised to have adequate coverage for professional indemnity insurance.

5.   PTVs are responsible for the proper disposal of any treatment material they have used.
 

Official Veterinarians 

1.    Veterinarians wishing to become OVs must first be listed as a PTV and are referred to as Candidate Official Veterinarians. In addition they must fulfil the following requirements:

a)    have a minimum of 5 years post qualification equine veterinary experience;

b)    have an understanding of English, both written and spoken;

c)    accept and sign the OV Codex;

d)    be recommended by their NF for a specified discipline;

e)    have completed official mentoring and supervision with at least 2 different members of a Veterinary Commission at a minimum of 3 FEI Events in their chosen discipline, or for Endurance veterinarians and NHVs in accordance with the requirements set forth below. NHVs may be exempt from the mentoring requirements for listed disciplines;

f)    provide at least 2 FEI Evaluation Forms signed by their mentoring OVs as proof of experience; and

g)    have attended and passed a 2 day General Veterinarian Course within the 2 years prior to submitting their application. 

2.    OVs wishing to become listed for an additional discipline (except in Endurance) must complete official mentoring and supervision with a member of a Veterinary Commission  at a minimum of 1 FEI Event in that discipline prior to being considered and provide an FEI Evaluation Form as proof of experience.

3.    To maintain their status, all OVs must successfully complete the PTV examination and pass a 2 day General Veterinarian Course at least once every 4 years.

4.    The retirement age for all OVs to end their officiating function is 75 years old. Any OV reaching 70 years of age must advise the FEI Veterinary Department before working at an Event so that the appropriate insurance notification can be issued.

5.    OVs are not allowed to compete in any Event where they are officiating as an OV. This includes any national class that may be running at the same Event.


Endurance Official Veterinarians 

1.    All Endurance Official Veterinarians (EOVs) must first satisfy the criteria set forth above for OVs. In addition, they must fulfil the following requirements:

a)    2* Endurance Official Veterinarians must:

i.       have completed official mentoring and supervision with at least 2 different members of a Veterinary Commission at a minimum of 10 Endurance Events (FEI or National); and

ii.       provide at least 2 FEI Evaluation Forms signed by their mentoring EOVs as proof of experience.

b)    3* Endurance Official Veterinarians must:

i.       have been a 2* member of a  Veterinary Commission at a minimum of 4 CEIs (1* or 2* level) within a 2 year period;

ii.       have been a 2* EOV for a minimum of 2 calendar years or 2 complete seasons; and

iii.       have attended and passed an Advanced Course for Endurance Official Veterinarians 3*/4* within the 2 years prior to submitting their application.

c)     4* Endurance Official Veterinarians must:

i.       have been the President or Foreign Veterinary Delegate of a Veterinary Commission at a minimum of 2 CEIs (2* level) within a 3 year period;

ii.       have been a 3* member of a Veterinary Commission at a minimum of 3 CEIs (3* level) within a 3 year period;

iii.       have been a 3* EOV for a minimum of 3 calendar years or 3 complete seasons; and

iv.       have attended at least one continuing education event (seminar/conference) dedicated to equine sports medicine and/or exercise within the past 3 years.

2.    To maintain their status, 2* EOVs must fulfil the maintenance requirements set forth above for PTVs and OVs and officiate at a minimum of 4 FEI Endurance Events every 2 years.

3.    To maintain their status, 3* and 4* EOVs must fulfil the maintenance requirements set forth above for PTVs and OVs, officiate at a minimum of 4 FEI Endurance Events every 2 years and attend an Advanced Course for Endurance Official Veterinarians 3*/4* every 4 years.
 

Endurance Veterinary Treatment Officials

1.    All Endurance Veterinary Treatment Officials (EVTs) must first satisfy the criteria set forth above for OVs. In addition, they must fulfil the following requirements:

a)    2* Endurance Veterinary Treatment Officials must:

i.       have been a member of a Veterinary Commission at a minimum of 3 Endurance Events (FEI or National);

ii.       have completed official mentoring and supervision with at least 2 different EVTs at a minimum of 3 Endurance Events (FEI or National), 2 of which must be 3* (or CEN equivalent); and

iii.       provide at least 2 FEI Evaluation Forms signed by their mentoring EVTs as proof of experience; and

iv.       be exposed to equine practice for no less than 25% of their total clinical practice.

b)    3* Endurance Veterinary Treatment Officials must:

i.       have been a 2* EVT at a minimum of 4 CEIs (1*/CEN equivalent or 2* level);

ii.       have completed an advanced course in the treatment of competition Horses, in particular Endurance Horses, approved by the FEI Endurance Technical Committee; and

iii.       have presented the Endurance Technical Committee a CV with 2 references demonstrating case exposure and skills in the treatment of the disease of Endurance Horses.

c)    4* Endurance Veterinary Treatment Officials must:

i.       have been the President EVT at a minimum of 2 CEIs (2* level);

ii.       have been a 3* EVT at a minimum of 3 CEIs (3* level); and

iii.       have attended at least one continuing education event (seminar/ conference) dedicated to equine sports medicine and/or exercise physiology, or relevant FEI course within the past 3 years.

2. To maintain status, 2*,3* and 4* EVTs must fulfil the maintenance requirements set forth above for PTVs and OVs, officiate at a minimum of 4 FEI Endurance Events every 2 years and attend a Course for Endurance Veterinary Treatment Officials 2*/3*/4* every 4 years. 

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