These Regulations amend the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 (c.36) in order to implement an amendment to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications (OJ No. L255, 30.9.2005, p. 22) which requires professionals benefitting from mutual recognition of qualifications to have sufficient language skills to practise their profession in another member State and enables member States to impose controls in respect of language skills if there is reason to suspect they are inadequate.

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