LAW                                              
                                                                                
                    ON VETERINARY ACTIVITIES                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
                       General Provisions                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 1. Objective of this Law                                           
                                                                                
     This law  shall regulate  veterinary activities  pursuant to               
international   requirements, shall determine the legal status of               
veterinary  structures,   and  shall  establish  requirements  of               
veterinary sanitation and the  principles of veterinary control.                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 2. The Main Tasks of the Veterinary Service                        
                                                                                
     The main tasks of veterinary medicine shall be as follows:                 
                                                                                
     1) to protect domestic animals and other animals (birds, fur               
animals,   fish, bees,  wild animals,  animals kept  in zoos  and               
vivaria, etc.)   against  diseases by  preventive anti-epizootic,               
sanitation and other  veterinary measures;                                      
                                                                                
     2) to treat animal diseases;                                               
                                                                                
     3) to control that animal products and raw materials used in               
food  processing are of adequate veterinary sanitation quality;                 
                                                                                
     4) to help to protect the environment from pollution; and                  
                                                                                
     5) to introduce the novelties of veterinary science.                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 3. The Structure of the Veterinary Service                         
                                                                                
     1. The veterinary service of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
be both  state and private.                                                     
                                                                                
     2. The  structure and  competence of  the  State  Veterinary               
Service shall  be established by the Government.                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 4. The Administration of Veterinary Service                        
                                                                                
     1. The  tasks of  veterinary  service  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania  shall     be   discharged  by   the  State  Veterinary               
Department.                                                                     
                                                                                
     2. The State Veterinary Department shall organise veterinary               
services,   and shall issue instructions and give directions, the               
fulfilment of   which shall be obligatory in the territory of the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
     3. The  State Veterinary  Department shall be a legal entity               
having  a seal with the state emblem.                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 5. The Right to Engage in Veterinary Practice                      
                                                                                
     1. Persons  who  have  the  qualification  of  a  veterinary               
surgeon may  engage in veterinary practice. Veterinary assistants               
(technicians)  shall work only under the auspices of a veterinary               
surgeon.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Veterinary specialists  who have  come from  abroad shall be               
certified  by the commission appointed according to the procedure               
established  by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                    
                                                                                
     2. The State Veterinary Service, veterinary surgeons engaged               
in private  practice, and veterinary assistants, while performing               
their duties,   shall  be guided  by this Law, and other laws and               
executive  acts   of     the  Republic  of  Lithuania  regulating               
veterinary activities.                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
                                                                                
                  The State Veterinary Service                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 6. The Functions of the State Veterinary Service                   
                                                                                
     The State Veterinary Service shall:                                        
                                                                                
     1)  implement   veterinary   preventive   measures   against               
infectious, invasive   and  other contagious diseases of domestic               
and other animals;                                                              
                                                                                
     2) together  with health care agencies, exchange information               
and eradicate  centers of contagious diseases which are dangerous               
to people and animals;                                                          
                                                                                
     3)  assess  the  epizootic  situation  and  give  obligatory               
directions to   animal  breeders concerning the implementation of               
preventive and  eradicative   measures of  contagious diseases of               
domestic and other animals, desinfection,  deratisation and other               
measures;                                                                       
                                                                                
     4)  analyse   the  causes  of  non-contagious  diseases  and               
extinction   of       domestic   and   other   animals,   prepare               
recommendations for their prevention,  and treat ill animals;                   
                                                                                
     5)    conduct     clinical,    laboratory    (virusological,               
bacteriological,    biochemical,          chemical-toxicological,               
radiological, histological, parasitological)  and other tests for               
diagnosing animal  diseases, and  evaluate the quality  of fodder               
and water;                                                                      
                                                                                
     6) from  the stand  point of veterinary sanitation, evaluate               
produced,     processed  and   stored  animal  products  and  raw               
materials;                                                                      
                                                                                
     7) test animal foodstuffs at market places;                                
                                                                                
     8)  control   veterinary  sanitation  conditions  of  cattle               
breeding facilities,   slaughter-houses,  plants processing meat,               
dairy  and   other  animal    products,  market  places,  storage               
facilities,  and   perform  veterinary     examinations   of  the               
construction or  reconstruction of  such establishments   and  of               
excavations;                                                                    
                                                                                
     9)  control   the  use  of  veterinary  medicinal  products,               
biological, chemical   and  other preparations in cattle breeding               
and veterinary  practice,   and assess their impact on the health               
of animals and the quality of  animal products;                                 
                                                                                
     10) control  that the  condition of  exported  domestic  and               
other animals,   animal  products  and  raw  materials  meet  the               
veterinary requirements   of  the country to which they are being               
exported;                                                                       
                                                                                
     11)  control   that  contagious   animal  diseases  are  not               
introduced from   abroad, and inspect the veterinary condition of               
imported domestic   and  other  animals,  raw  materials,  animal               
products and fodder;                                                            
                                                                                
     12) control  and coordinate  the  activities  of  veterinary               
specialists    employed  at  state  and  private  enterprises  or               
organizations.                                                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 7. The Rights of the State Veterinary Service                      
                                                                                
     The State Veterinary Service shall be authorised:                          
                                                                                
     1) to  give  obligatory  directions  to  natural  and  legal               
persons rearing   domestic animals, as well as to enterprises and               
organisations or  persons   processing, storing  and  dealing  in               
animal products and raw materials,  to fulfill anti-epizootic and               
veterinary sanitation measures;                                                 
                                                                                
     2) to  inspect  enterprises  and  organisations  subject  to               
veterinary   monitoring, obtain  information  necessary  for  the               
determination of   epizootic condition, investigate the causes of               
animal diseases, and  assess the quality of veterinary sanitation               
of animal products and  raw materials;                                          
                                                                                
     3)  upon   diagnosing  contagious  animal  disease  or  when               
especially dangerous   animal  disease is  suspected,  to  impose               
conditions of slaughter, detoxication,  processing or utilisation               
of animals, animal products and raw materials  obligatory for all               
plants, organisations,  farmers, or persons pursuant  to Articles               
15 and 16 of this Law.                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 8. State Veterinary Inspectors                                     
                                                                                
     1.  The  Head  of  the  State  Veterinary  Department  shall               
simultaneously   be the  chief state  veterinary inspector of the               
Republic  of   Lithuania.     His/her  assistants  shall  be  the               
assistants of  the  chief  state  veterinary    inspector.  Other               
specialists  of   the  Department   shall  be   state  veterinary               
inspectors.                                                                     
                                                                                
     2. Heads  of national,  interregional, town,  district state               
veterinary   organisations or  institutions and  their assistants               
shall be state  veterinary inspectors and their assistants of the               
Republic, region,  town or district respectively.                               
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 9. The rights of State Veterinary Inspectors                       
                                                                                
     State veterinary inspectors shall have the right:                          
                                                                                
     1) to  prohibit to  build, reconstruct  or use  those cattle               
breeding     establishments,  meat   processing  plants,   shops,               
storehouses and  other   facilities, which do not meet veterinary               
sanitation requirements;                                                        
                                                                                
     2) to  prohibit to  process raw materials or to use for food               
those animal   products  which do  not meet veterinary sanitation               
requirements;                                                                   
                                                                                
     3) to  control establishments  of military  units and  other               
militarized  subunits, railways, sea and river ports and airports               
which are subject  to veterinary monitoring;                                    
                                                                                
     4) according  to the procedure established by law, to impose               
administrative   penalties upon  officers  and  persons  for  the               
violations of this Law,  the rules of animal quarantine and other               
veterinary sanitation  requirements   as well  as  for  violating               
decisions of  the Government  of the  Republic   of Lithuania  or               
local governments relative to epizootic issues.                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 10. Duties of State Veterinary Inspectors                          
                                                                                
     State veterinary  inspectors shall  control  how  owners  of               
domestic and  other animals, organisations or persons processing,               
storing or  dealing   in animal  products, as  well as veterinary               
specialists conform  to   this Law,  executive  acts,  and  other               
veterinary requirements.                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 11. Financing of the State Veterinary Service                      
                                                                                
     The State  Veterinary Service  shall be  financed out of the               
state budget.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
                                                                                
                   Private Veterinary Practice                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 12. Private Veterinary Practice                                    
                                                                                
     1. Veterinary surgeons may engage in private practice.                     
                                                                                
     2. Veterinary  assistants and  technicians shall  engage  in               
private practice  under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon.                
                                                                                
     3. Veterinary  specialists engaged  in private practice must               
have a   licence issued according to the procedure established by               
the Government  of the Republic of Lithuania.                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 13.The Rights of Veterinary Specialists Engaged in                 
               Private  Practice                                                
                                                                                
     Veterinary specialists  engaged in  private  practice  shall               
have the  right:                                                                
                                                                                
     1)  to  diagnose  diseases  and  treat  domestic  and  other               
animals, with   the  exception of  those who  have diseases which               
require quarantine  or other special restrictions;                              
                                                                                
     2) to  vaccinate  domestic  and  other  animals,  to  render               
advices to animal  owners;                                                      
                                                                                
     3) to  issue certificates testifying to the health condition               
of an  animal;                                                                  
                                                                                
     4) when  danger of  contagious  animal  disease  arises,  to               
prohibit the   bringing  in or  taking out  of the  establishment               
domestic and  other   animals, animal  products, raw materials or               
fodder.                                                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 14.Duties of Veterinary Specialists Engaged in                     
               Private  Practice                                                
                                                                                
     Veterinary specialists engaged in private practice must:                   
                                                                                
     1) upon  suspecting contagious  animal disease,  immediately               
report this   to  the nearest  state veterinary  station and take               
measures to stop  the spread of the disease;                                    
                                                                                
     2) fulfill,  in the  event of  an epizooty  of a  contagious               
animal  disease,    directions  given  by  the  State  Veterinary               
Service;                                                                        
                                                                                
     3) report,  according to  the procedure  established by  the               
State Veterinary   Department, to the state veterinary service of               
the town  or district   about  work which  has  been  done  which               
related to  the prevention  of   contagious animal  diseases  and               
their treatment.                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 4                                           
                                                                                
    Veterinary Sanitation Requirements for the Prevention  of                   
                       Contagious Diseases                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 15.Duties of Breeders and their Servicing                          
               Organisations                                                    
                                                                                
     1. Natural  and legal  persons breeding  domestic and  other               
animals,   as well  as enterprises  and organisations processing,               
storing, transporting   and  dealing in  animal products  and raw               
materials, shall  guarantee   that veterinary sanitation measures               
be taken in time, that contagious  animal diseases do not spread,               
and that their centers be eradicated.                                           
                                                                                
     2. Natural  and legal persons may acquire domestic and other               
animals   from abroad  only upon receiving a licence of the State               
Veterinary  Department. Imported domestic and other animals shall               
be subject  to the established period of quarantine.                            
                                                                                
     3. The  import of  animal products,  raw materials,  fodder,               
medicinal  products, or biological preparations from abroad shall               
only be  permitted  according to the procedure established by the               
State Veterinary Department.                                                    
                                                                                
     4. Natural  and legal  persons breeding  domestic and  other               
animals must   immediately report to the state veterinary service               
about sudden and  numerous diseases of domestic and other animals               
or their loss.                                                                  
                                                                                
     5.  Owners   of  domestic   and  other  animals  must  allow               
veterinary specialists   to examine the animals, to make blood or               
other tests,  to vaccinate  them, and to carry out anti-epizootic               
and other  preventive veterinary   measures, and must aid them in               
carrying out these measures.                                                    
                                                                                
     6. Only  natural and  legal  persons  possessing  veterinary               
certificates   of the  established form  may deal in domestic and               
other animals, animal  products and raw materials.                              
                                                                                
     7. Under the direction of a veterinary surgeon or assistant,               
dead   animals,  the  remains  of  slaughtered  animals,  aborted               
fetuses, defective   skins  and furs, and other animal waste must               
                                                                                
be taken  by the  owner   to special  establishments or  must  be               
buried in an animal cemetery.                                                   
                                                                                
     8. Animals  which have  died from  contagious diseases which               
are especially   dangerous to people and animals shall, under the               
direction of  a state  veterinary surgeon, be cremated with their               
skin and intestines.                                                            
                                                                                
     9. It  shall only  be permitted  to slaughter healthy or ill               
animals  in order to use their meat for food, to feed animals, or               
to sell  their   meat or  other parts  of their  carcass with the               
permission of a veterinary  surgeon.                                            
                                                                                
     10. The  transportation of  domestic and  other animals  and               
their products  shall be permitted only by special transportation               
means that meet  veterinary sanitation requirements. A veterinary               
document is necessary  for transportation by freight.                           
                                                                                
     11.  Domestic   and  other   animals  shall  be  cured,  and               
preventive  and     veterinary   sanitation  measures   shall  be               
performed, at  the expense    of  the  owners,  except  in  cases               
specified in Article 16 of this Law.                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 16.Quarantine and other Restrictions in Cases of                   
               Contagious  Disease                                              
                                                                                
     1. The  Government of  the Republic  of  Lithuania,  on  the               
recommendation  of the State Veterinary Department, shall approve               
the list  of contagious  animal diseases subject to quarantine or               
restrictions as  well as  the   list of diseases whose prevention               
and eradication measures shall be  financed by the state.                       
                                                                                
     2. Upon  receiving a  report about sudden animal diseases or               
the suspicion   of  a contagious disease, a veterinary surgeon or               
assistant servicing  the natural or legal persons or the locality               
shall immediately  come  to the place, examine the ill animal and               
other animals  kept with  it,   take  measures  to  diagnose  the               
disease, isolate  the ill  animals, and    report  to  the  state               
veterinary inspector of the town or district.                                   
                                                                                
     3. Upon  diagnosing a contagious animal disease on a farm or               
in a  settlement,   a quarantine  or other restrictions necessary               
for the  eradication of   the  spreading of  the disease shall be               
declared by a decision of the  town (or district) board.                        
                                                                                
     4.  In  order  to  maintain  the  isolation  regime  of  the               
contagious zone,   police  or veterinary  control  posts  may  be               
established,  the   number    and  location  of  which  shall  be               
determined by local governments.                                                
                                                                                
     5. During quarantine, the operation of market places, animal               
reception   centers, and  enterprises  shall  be  suspended,  and               
fairs, auctions,   exhibitions and other events related to animal               
transportation shall  be prohibited.                                            
                                                                                
     6. In  the event  of a  dangerous  contagious  disease,  the               
Government   of the  Republic of Lithuania may pass a decision to               
declare special   quarantine  restrictions  in  the  contaminated               
district  or  throughout    the  territory  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 5                                           
                                                                                
                       Veterinary Control                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 17.Control of Veterinary Preparations Used in                      
               Cattle-breeding                                                  
                                                                                
     1.  Only  those  medicinal  products,  feedstuff  additions,               
microelements,    vaccines,  other  biological  preparations  and               
reagents which  are registered   in  the pharmacopoeia  or  in  a               
pharmacological service shall be permitted  to be used in cattle-               
breeding. Veterinary  and diagnostic preparations  made according               
to the  technical normative documentation and directions  for use               
approved by  the State  Veterinary  Department  may  be  used  in               
cattle-breeding.                                                                
                                                                                
     2. The  State Veterinary  Service shall  control how natural               
and  legal     persons  use,  for  domestic  and  other  animals,               
veterinary preparations   provided  for in  this Law,  and  shall               
check how  these preparations are  being kept and destroyed after               
their expiration date.                                                          
                                                                                
     3. It  shall be  prohibited to use biological stimulators or               
hormones     having  thyreostatic,   estrogenic,  androgenic,  or               
gestagenic effects,   to  induce animal  breeding or  to increase               
productivity (lactation).                                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 18. Veterinary Control in Market places                            
                                                                                
     1. State veterinary control is obligatory in city, regional,               
and settlement   market-places  where domestic and other animals,               
animal  products   and    raw  materials  are  sold.  The  market               
administrations must create conditions  for this work.                          
                                                                                
     2. In  market places the State Veterinary Service shall have               
meat stamps   and  labels to  mark the quality of products, which               
are kept safely  and a strict record of which is kept.                          
                                                                                
     3. A  doctor of  the laboratory of sanitation examination of               
the market  veterinary control shall detain products (production)               
which are  unfit  for human consumption and shall send them to be               
destroyed or processed.                                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 19. Veterinary Control in Hunting                                  
                                                                                
     Each hunting  club must  arrange  killed  animal  processing               
grounds which    conform  with  the  requirements  of  veterinary               
sanitation,  and   must  assure     the   veterinary   sanitation               
examination of game used for food.                                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 20.The Decision of Arguments which Arise concerning                
               Veterinary  Legal                                                
                                                                                
     Relations                                                                  
                                                                                
     Arguments between  veterinary organizations  and natural  or               
legal persons  shall be decided in court or arbitration according               
to the  procedure   established by  the laws  of the  Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
VYTAUTAS LANDSBERGIS                                                            
                                                                                
President                                                                       
Supreme Council                                                                 
Republic of Lithuania                                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
17 December 1991                                                                
No. I-2110