General registration

Qualifying to apply for general registration

General registration is for persons with a degree in veterinary science or veterinary medicine from an accredited college, or an accredited non-award qualification. The accreditation body in Australia is the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (the AVBC). See the AVBC list of accredited colleges and non-award qualifications here (PDF). 

When to apply

The Board meets to consider applications every month, and there is a cut-off date for submitting applications before each monthly Board meeting .You can ask for your application to be fast-tracked if you miss a cut-off date or want to be registered before a Board meeting. Fast-track processing takes up to 7 days and costs $250 in addition to standard fees. 

How to apply and what to send the Board

The Board accepts email applications but you can also lodge applications by post or in person. The Board does not accept faxed applications. All emailed documents must be sent as PDF scans, not .jpeg, .png or other image files.  Our email address is communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au

To apply for general registration, you must:

  1. Arrange for the registration or licensing authority where you are currently practising to email the Board a letter of professional standing or license verification. You cannot send the letter to the Board yourself: the authority where you are registered must send the letter directly to the Board at communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au
    • If you have active registration with more than one registration or licensing authority, you must arrange for all of those authorities to send the Board a letter of professional standing or license verification.
    • If you are not currently registered with any authority, you must arrange for the authority where you were last registered to send the letter or license verification.

  2. Send the Board the following documents:
    • A completed application form (download the form from the next section below)
    • A copy of your degree or diploma certificate which has been certified by an authorised person on the front of the copy (not on the blank back page). Graduates of international universities who have taken the NAVLE, you must also arrange for the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency to email a score transfer certificate to communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au
    • A copy of photographic identification which has been certified by an authorised person on the front of the copy (not on the blank back page). If your ID is a driver's licence please send a certified copy of both the front and back pages of the licence. 
    • An up-to-date and comprehensive personal resume.

If your application form is not complete, we do not receive a letter of professional standing for you, or you do not provide all requested documentation, the Board will not be able to consider your application until we receive further information.

The application form

To help you complete the application form:
  • The form includes a statutory declaration which you must print, complete, and sign in front of person officially authorised to witness documents in your country. In Australia, persons authorised to witness documents include pharmacists, veterinary practitioners, police officers, lawyers and justices of the peace. The person cannot be a relative, housemate, or someone you are in a relationship with.
  • If you do not have a residential address in Victoria yet, write TO BE ADVISED. Inform us as soon as you have a residential address.
  • If you do not have a practice address yet, write NO REGISTER ADDRESS. Inform us as soon as you have a practice address
  • For the payment section of the form, fees depend on the time of year you are applying, e.g. in 2017-2018:
    • Registration granted during the period 1 July 2017 to 1 December 2017 costs $510, consisting of a $150 application fee and $360 in registration fees up to 30 June 2018.
    • Registration granted during the period from 1 December 2017 to 30 June 2018 costs $330, consisting of a $150 application fee and $180 in registration fees up to 30 June 2018.
    NOTE you would pay an additional fee of $250 if you ask for fast track processing of your application.

Privacy of your information: The Board will only use and disclose personal information collected in the registration form for the purposes of registration, unless the Board has obtained your consent to use the information for additional purposes. More information: Privacy and data protection policy

Charges for general registration

In the 2017-2018 financial year ending 30 June 2018, charges for general registration depend on when you want to be registered:
  • Applications for registration granted during the period 1 July 2017 to 1 December 2017 cost $510, consisting of a $150 application fee and $360 in registration fees up to 30 June 2018.
  • Applications for registration granted during the period from 1 December 2017 to 30 June 2018 cost $330, consisting of a $150 application fee and $180 in registration fees up to 30 June 2018.  

NOTE you would pay an additional fee of $250 if you ask for fast track processing of your application.

More information:  2017-2018 general registration and service fees