Establishment and Operation of a Body, Institute or Centre where Animals are kept or bred for their Display and/or Conservation of the Species and/or Scientific Research
In order to establish a body, institute or centre where animals are kept or bred for their display and/or conservation of the species and/or scientific research in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain an approval by the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
Who is Eligible
The Veterinary Services grant an approval provided that:
- the personnel employed for the handling of animals possess a licence as a professional animal carer;
- the zoo must employ adequate in number personnel which is skilled on the conservation of wild animals;
- the establishment must employ sufficient number of staff who possess the appropriate ability and knowledge;
- the protection and safety of both the animals and the visitors is ensured;
- the premises are supervised by a registered veterinarian.
Where to Apply
The application for the approval of a body, institute or centre where animals are kept or bred for their display and/or conservation of the species and/or scientific research can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or you can contact directly the competent authority:
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
Tel: +357 22805249
Fax: +357 22805176
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
- copy of a detailed topographic plan for the premises;
- certified copy of a contract or other legal document indicating the provision of services of a registered veterinarian to the body, institute or centre;
- copy of a list containing employee names and their qualifications;
- copy of a license as a professional animal carer or trainer, which is required for the personnel employed for the handling of animals;
- certified copy of contract of cooperation with an approved veterinary laboratory to perform post-mortem examinations (where applicable);
- the original declaration of the owner regarding the procedure to be followed for the appropriate disposal of animal bodies.
After the submission of the application, an inspection of the premises is carried out by the responsible Veterinary Officer of the Animal Health and Welfare Division and the responsible Veterinary Officer of the relevant District Veterinary Office.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
There are no fees applicable.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorization decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
Licence Validity Period
The registration is valid indefinitely.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
- The Animal Health Law of 2001 (L.109(I)/2001)
- The Protection and Welfare of Animals Law of 1994 (46 (I) / 1994)
- The Animal Health Regulations
- The Animal Health (Requirements governing the trade in certain animals) (Special) Ordinance
What are my Obligations
The body, institute or centre are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Animal Health Law and Regulations, as periodically amended, and specifically, among others, to:
- keep up to date records of the animals kept in the premises;
- receive animals originating only from other approved bodies, institutes or centres;
- comply with the provisions of the Animal Health (Requirements governing the trade in certain animals) (Special) Ordinance, the Animal Health Law and the Protection and Welfare of Animals Law.