Online Applications and Other Information

Online Applications and Other Information



The Veterinary Regulatory Directorate Mission is to  make sure that all stakeholders under its remit satisfy the requirements of animal health, welfare, feed and food law which are relevant to the activities and that official controls are carried out to verify the compliance of these stakeholders on the basis of planned schedules and following consolidated instructions or guidelines to staff.

Animal Health Unit


Identification and Registration of Bovines​

  • Notification of Births and Deaths EN | MT​

  • Every time that a bovine is born on farm or die on farm, the farmer must notify our Directorate within 7 days.
  • This form is necessary so that bovine’s traceability is kept as per laws and regulations. 
  • It is imperative that all bovine producers inform the Directorate with all births/deaths on farm. 
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • Alternatively, the producers can also print the form and send it to the address: The Veterinary Regulation Department. The Annexe Animal Health Unit, Abattoir Street Marsa. Or via email on veterinaryregulation.mafa@gov.mt
  • There is on fee related to this form and no E-id is needed.
  • Farmers must fill all the requested information on the application.
  • One can call on 22925100 for more information 
  • The timeline for the application to be approved is of 7 days  ​


​Microchipping Section


 The microchipping unit is responsible for the management, control of registration and identification of pets mainly dogs and horses. The unit is also responsible for the registration of dogs that fall under the Legal notice 199 of 2011 and it stated that all dogs in Malta need to be microchipped and registered. The Unit is also responsible for the transfer record of dogs and horses and the notification of death of the said animals. The section is also responsible for the issuing of Equine Passports. 

  • Through this application form an applicant can report a missing dog or cat. 
  • The microchipping section will notify all veterinarians, clinics and sanctuaries after receiving the notification. 
  • When/If the pet is found the owner will be notified to be able to reunite with the pet. 
  • Every person that is resident in the Maltese territory can use this, if needed. 
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • The application can also be printed and sent to the Microchipping Office, The Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Small Animal Quarantine, Industrial Estate, Luqa.
  • The application timeline is of 15 days. 
  • There is no fee related to this application and no E-ID is needed to apply.
  • Pet owners must fill the requested data in fields found on the application
  • For more information, the owner can also contact the office on +356 21244236​

  • ​Reports for Transfer of Pets EN | MT​
  • Through this application form an applicant can apply for transferring a dog or cat from one owner/house to another
  • Every person that is resident in the Maltese territory can use this, when needed. 
  • The dog/cat that will be transferred has to be microchipped and registered with the Directorate’s System.
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • The application can also be printed and sent to the Microchipping Office, The Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Small Animal Quarantine, Industrial Estate, Luqa. 
  • If a printed document is sent, the Directorate requires also the photocopy of both owner’s ID cards and applicants must both sign the application.
  • The application timeline is of 15 days. 
  • There is no fee related to this application and no E-ID is needed to apply.
  • Pet owners must fill the requested data in fields found on the application
  • For more information, the owner can also contact the office on +356 21244236


  • ​​Reports for Death Of Pets EN |MT​
  • Through this application form an applicant can report the death of his/her dog or cat. 
  • Upon receipt of notification the Microchipping office will mark the dog/cat as dead on the Directorate’s System
  • Every person that is resident in the Maltese territory can use this, if needed. 
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • The application can also be printed and sent to the Microchipping Office, The Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Small Animal Quarantine, Industrial Estate, Luqa.
  • The application timeline is of 15 days. 
  • There is no fee related to this application and no E-ID is needed to apply.
  • Pet owners must fill the requested data in fields found on the application
  • For more information, the owner can also contact the office on +356 21244236
  • ​Equine Deaths Form EN | MT
  • Through this application form an applicant can report the death of his/her dog or cat. 
  • Upon receipt of notification the Microchipping office will mark the dog/cat as dead on the Directorate’s System
  • Every person that is resident in the Maltese territory can use this, if needed. 
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • The application can also be printed and sent to the Microchipping Office, The Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Small Animal Quarantine, Industrial Estate, Luqa.
  • The application timeline is of 15 days. 
  • There is no fee related to this application and no E-ID is needed to apply.
  • Pet owners must fill the requested data in fields found on the application
  • For more information, the owner can also contact the office on +356 21244236

  • Equine Transfer of Ownership EN | MT​​​
  • With this application form, an applicant can request to transfer equines for the present owner to the new owner. 
  • Every person that is resident in the Maltese territory can use this, when needed. 
  • The equine that will be transferred has to be registered with the Directorate’s System.
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • The application can also be printed and sent to the Microchipping Office, The Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Small Animal Quarantine, Industrial Estate, Luqa. 
  • If a printed document is sent, the Directorate requires also the photocopy of both owner’s ID cards and applicants must both sign the application.
  • The application timeline is of 15 days. 
  • There is no fee related to this application and no E-ID is needed to apply.
  • Pet owners must fill the requested data in fields found on the application
  • For more information, the owner can also contact the office on +356 21244236


Ruminants Section

  • Application to keep up to 2 bovines as hobby  EN  | MT​ 

  • The intended keeper is to be approved as such after applying for a licence to keep bovines as hobby
  • Persons applying must be 18 years or over.
  • The breeder will be included in the Directorate’s Database after the necessary inspections will be carried out, and a registration number will be assigned 
  • Eid is needed to be able to apply online
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • All fields requested in the application must be filled.
  • All documents requested in the application must be submitted
  • One can also call the office on +356 22925197/2 for more information.

  • Application for business/large scale Ruminant Farm EN  | MT​ 
  • The intended keeper is to be approved as such after applying for a licence to be in the Ruminants business sector
  • Persons applying must be 18 years or over.
  • Persons with qualifications and/or experience will be more eligible, and if not a board will be held to evaluate the application
  • The breeder will be included in the Directorate’s Database after the necessary inspections will be carried out, and a registration number will be assigned 
  • Eid is needed to be able to apply online
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • All fields requested in the application must be filled.
  • All documents requested in the application must be submitted
  • One can also call the office on +356 22925197/2 for more information. 


​Swine Section


  • Application for License to Rear Swine EN  | MT​ 
  • The intended keeper is to be approved as such after applying for a licence to Rear swine
  • Persons applying must be 18 years or over.
  • The breeder will be included in the Directorate’s Database after the necessary inspections will be carried out, and a registration number will be assigned 
  • Eid is needed to be able to apply online
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • All fields requested in the application must be filled.
  • All documents requested in the application must be submitted
  • If permission is granted, then a fee of €25.00 payable by cheque to the AHWD is required every beggining of the year for the licence.
  • One can also call the office on +356 22925344 for more information. ​

  • Licence to keep Swine as Pet EN | MT

Apart from the swine farming, Swine may also be kept as a pet on the following conditions:
  • The intended keeper is to be approved as such after applying for a licence to keep swine as a pet; 
  • Swine shall be identifiable by a microchip inserted beneath the skin of the left ear by a warranted veterinarian; 
  • There may be no more than two swine on one site and no more than one swine shall be kept per person;
  • Swine are only to be moved from approved sites with the prior approval of the Director except for emergency veterinary visits which are to be confirmed as such in writing by the veterinarian attending to the swine kept as a pet;
  • Male swine shall be rendered surgically sterile through castration; 
  • Breeding of swine by keepers is prohibited;
  • Persons applying for a licence to keep swine as pet shall be eighteen (18) years old or over and able to take charge of a swine kept as pet. Any person convicted of offences against the Animal Welfare Act shall be forbidden from keeping a swine or applying for a keeper licence; 
  • The Directorate shall be notified within seven (7) days from when any licensed swine kept as pet dies;
  • The Directorate shall be notified within forty-eight (48) hours by a keeper in the case of the loss of a licensed swine kept as pet though an appropriate means of notification as may be stipulated by the Director from time to time;
  • Carcasses of swine kept as pets shall never enter the foodchain or otherwise be used for human or animal consumption. Said carcasses are to be disposed of in terms of EU Regulation No. (EC) 1069/2009;
  • Feeding of table scraps/swill to swine is strictly prohibited.
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • The applicant can also print the application and send it by post to the Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Swine Section Abattoir Street, Albertown, Marsa, or come directly to our offices.
  • A declaration of the microchip application and the castration of the pig if it is a male by a warranted veterinarian, must be submitted together with the application.
  • A fee of €35 is to be paid by cheque to AHWD at the office were a receipt is issued (If application is sent online or by post, the cheque must be sent also by post)
  • Duration of the approval is of 15 days from the submission of the application to the approval of the application.
  • For more information, interested persons can call on +356 22925344.​


Poultry Section

  • Application for Poultry Farms EN  | MT​ 
  • The intended keeper is to be approved as such after applying for a Poultry Farm
  • Persons applying must be 18 years or over.
  • Persons with qualifications and/or experience will be more eligible, and if not a board will be held to evaluate the application
  • The breeder will be included in the Directorate’s Database after the necessary inspections will be carried out, and a registration number will be assigned 
  • Eid is needed to be able to apply online
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • All fields requested in the application must be filled.
  • All documents requested in the application must be submitted
  • If permission is granted, then a fee of €25.60c payable by cheque to the AHWD is required every beggining of the year for the licence.
  • One can also call the office on +356 22925100 for more information. 


Lagomorphs (Rabbits) Section​

  • This registration form is to be used by persons that are interested in the breeding rabbits.
  • Persons applying must be 18 years or over.
  • The breeder will be included in the Directorate’s Database after the necessary inspections will be carried out, and a registration number will be assigned 
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • A Site plan has to be sent with the application, marking the place.
  • The submission timeline is of 15 days 
  • The applicant can also print the application and send it by post to the Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Abattoir Street, Albertown, Marsa, or come directly to our offices.
  • All fields requested in the application must be filled.
  • One can also call the office on +356 22925100 for more information.


Bees Section

  • Beekeper/Honey Producer Registration EN | MT
  • This registration form is to be used by persons that are interested in keeping bees or produce honey.
  • Persons applying must be 18 years or over.
  • The breeder will be included in the Directorate’s Database after the necessary inspections will be carried out, and a registration number will be assigned 
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • A Site plan has also to be submitted with the application, marking the place where the hives are going to be kept.
  • The submission timeline is of 15 days 
  • The applicant can also print the application and send it by post to the Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Abattoir Street, Albertown, Marsa, or come directly to our offices.
  • All fields requested in the application must be filled.
  • One can also call the office on +356 22925100 for more information.


​Animal Welfare Unit

  • Keeper of New Dangerous Animal EN | MT
  • Through this form, applicant may ask for the permission to keep a dangerous animal already registered in Malta as per SL439.19
  • With this application the applicant will be entitled to legally keep and be responsible for the dangerous animals you their custody
  • Individuals resident in Malta can apply.
  • A site inspection is carried out to verify that the place is adequate for the keeping of this kind of animals 
  • The keeper needs to have knowledge to keep the animal
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • Application can also be printed and send to: Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Animal Welfare Unit, Abattoir Square, Marsa 
  • One can also call the office on +356 22925100 for more information.


​Safety of the Food Chain

  • Approval for Safety Food Chain Establishment EN | MT
  • This application enables food business operators that require an approval under Article 3 of Regulation EC 853/2004, to start the process of approval of their establishment. 
  • The Food business operators will be inspected and if found compliant with the relevant legislation will obtain an approval number to their establishment and the activity can operate, and the product can be placed in the EU market. 
  • Food Business Operators can be of:
  1. Red & white meat slaughterhouses 
  2. Cutting establishments 
  3. Mincemeat and meat preparations
  4. Cold stores 
  5. Fishery products 
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • The timeline for this application is 15 days from the submission to the approval
  • An applicant can call on +356 22925100 for more information
  • The application can be submitted on-line or send to the Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Abattior Square, Albertown, Marsa ​


Feeding Stuff and Animal Nutrition Section

  • Feeding Business Application Form EN | MT
  • The form provided is to be filled by applicants interested in the starting of any animal feed related activity, or if the applicant is already performing such an activity to be registered as a feed business operator. 
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • Anyone who is already performing this operation shall apply to regulate the position of the business within the Veterinary Regulation Directorate. 
  • The application timeline is of 30 days with the issuing of a registered letter sent to the applicant after evaluation of the application.
  • The application can be filled online and submitted, or it can be printed and sent to The Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Feeding stuffs and Animal Nutrition Section Abattoir street Albertown, Marsa ​


  • ​Ceasing of on-farm mixing activity for a type of feed EN| MT

  • This form is to provide farmers who perform on farm mixing of feed to notify the feeding unit that the applicant has stopped such activities. 
  • The applicant will receive an acknowledgment letter that his file has been updated according to the instructions given by the applicant, after receiving the request.
  • All farmers that are registered to perform on farm mixing of feed and would like to stop this type of procedure are to advise the Directorate via this application.
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • Alternatively, the form can also be printed and send to: Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Feeding stuff and Animal Nutrition Section, Abattoir Street Albertown, Marsa 
  • The timeline of this application is of 15 to 30 days  
  • For more information, the applicant can contact our offices on +356 22925100


  • On-farm feed mixer registration form EN  | MT 
  • Farmers that have an interest in starting the on-farm mixing of feed for the exclusive use on their holdings or they are already performing the mixing on their farm for their own holding. 
  • They will be registered for this activity after the applicant has been positively evaluated.
  • Applications form can be filled online, either in English or Maltese by clicking on EN or MT as needed
  • Alternatively, the form can also be printed and send to: Veterinary Regulation Directorate, Feeding stuff and Animal Nutrition Section, Abattoir Street Albertown, Marsa 
  • For more information, the applicant can contact our offices on +356 22925100
  • Timeline of the application is o 15 to 30 days ​


Trade Unit

  • Pets Accompanying Persons EN | MT
  • This is a pre notification that an owner of a pet must fill in to notify the Veterinary Regulation Directorate of an arrival of a pet and stating that the pet will be accompanied by someone else not him/her. This form is important to be filled so that the pet will be inspected on the arrival for into Malta. the pet must fulfil the health requirements that are listed in regulation 576/2013
  • Any pet owner shall notify the department in order to enter the owner of the pet need to make sure that his pet has: 
  1. A microchip
  2. A rabies vaccine at 12 weeks of age 
  3. A pet passport 
  4. 21 days must pass prior entering to Malta 
  5. Between 24 hr to 120 hrs the pet will need a health examination and in case of a dog it will need the de worming ​
  • The form is online and in English. 
  • The form will be approved automatically with a reference number and an appointment will also be schedule with the department. 
  • For any information the applicant can call on the mobile number +356 99170532 it is 24/7 service. 

  • Derogation form Antibody Titration Test EN | MT​
  • This declaration is needed by the owner to inform the Competent Authorities that the pet will remain within the secure means of transport during transit or with the perimeter of the airport with the pet and the pet did not have contact with any other animals
  • The test is listed in regulation 576/2013​
  • This form needs to be filled if the transit during transportation will occur in a county with high risk of Rabies 
  • Any pet owner can fill in the form 
  • The form is online and can be found in English and Maltese as an E-form
  • The form will be authorised and vetted in a day 
  • The owner shall keep a copy in hand during travel
  • For more information a pet owner can call the Veterinary Regulation Department on +356 21650393 / +356 21653103​

  • Pets coming from other Territories or Third Countries EN | MT
  • ​This is a pre notification that an owner of a pet must fill in to notify the Veterinary Regulation Directorate of an arrival of a pet. This form is important to be filled so that the pet will be inspected on the arrival for into Malta. the pet must fulfil the health requirements that are listed in regulation 576/2013
  • Any pet owner shall notify the department in order to enter the owner of the pet need to make sure that his pet has: 
  1. A microchip
  2. A rabies vaccine at 12 weeks of age 
  3. A pet passport 
  4. 21 days must pass prior entering to Malta 
  5. between 24 hr to 120 hrs the pet will need a health examination and in case of a dog it will need the de worming 
  • The form is online and in English. 
  • The form will be approved automatically with a reference number and an appointment will also be schedule with the department. 
  • For any information the applicant can call on the mobile number +356 99170532 it is 24/7 service. ​




​This page was last updated on 14/07/2020.


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