Registration information

Application timeframes

Each month the Board meets to consider applications for the registration of veterinary practitioners.

Applications must be lodged before the cut-off date for the Board's monthly meeting. You can ask for fast track registration if you need to be registered before a Board meeting. Fast tracking can take up to 7 days and costs $250 on top of standard fees. ​The next cut-off dates for applications are:       

  • 14 February 2018 for Board meeting on 7 March 2018
  • 21 March 2018 for Board meeting on 11 April 2018
  • 11 April 2018 for Board meeting on 2 May 2018

Types of registration and how to apply for them

There are 4 types of veterinary practitioner registration in Victoria:

Application lodgement and documents

You can email,  post, or deliver your application in person:

Documents to send with your application: As well as the application form, you must send a certified copy of your qualification(s), a certified copy of current photographic identification, and an up-to-date personal resume (curriculum vitae). You may also need to send other documents: see the web page about the type of registration you are applying for.

  • Documents must be good quality colour PDF files or photocopies. We do not accept .JPG or .PNG image files.
  • The certified copies of documents must be certified by a person authorised to certify/witness documents in the country where the document is being certified. The Board requires documents to be certified independently. This means that  documents should not be certified by people related to you, living in the same household as you, or with whom you are in a relationship. 
  • Copies must be certified on the front not on the blank back page.

Registration and other service fees

Applicants for registration pay service and registration fees:

  • New graduates applying for general registration
    $150 application fee + $180 registration fee = Total $330
  • General registration (including restoration/re-registration):
    Applying between 1 July and 1 December - $150 application fee + $360 registration fee = Total $510
    Applying between 1 December to 30 June - $150 application fee + $180 registration fee = Total $330
  • Specific registration:
    $150 application fee + $75 complex assessment fee + $360 registration fee = Total $585
  • Specialist endorsement
    $150 application fee + $250 specialist endorsement fee = Total $400.
    Specialists also pay a general registration fee ($360 per year), and a separate application fee to the AVBC.

More information: 2017-2018 registration and service fee schedule

Using other Australian registration to work in Victoria

Veterinary practitioners with current registration in another Australian State or Territory sometimes come to Victoria to work temporarily.

If your principal place of residence is in another State or Territory, the Victorian Board recognises your interstate right to practise as giving you the right to practise in Victoria. You would not have to apply for registration in Victoria as long as you continued to live in the State or Territory and your registration there remained active. The law covering these circumstances is section 3A of the Victorian Veterinary Practice Act 1997. The general term for the right to practise in Victoria with an interstate right to practise is "national recognition of veterinary registration".
However, if you relocate so your principal place of residence is in Victoria, you would have to apply for registration in Victoria before your registration in the other State or Territory expired. This is required under section 1A of the Victorian Veterinary Practice Act 1997.

Note to international vets including from New Zealand: National recognition of veterinary registration does not extend to people registered in other countries. If you are working as a veterinary practitioner in another country, you cannot come to Victoria and use your registration or licence from your home country to practise here. You must apply for registration in Victoria if your principal place of residence will be in Victoria and you want to practise here.

Working outside Victoria

National recognition of veterinary registration

As long as your main place of residence is in Victoria, you can use your Victorian registration to work for temporary periods in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. This is called national recognition of veterinary registration. The registration Boards in these States will be able to tell you if there are limits on how long you can use your Victorian registration to work there.

National recognition of veterinary registration does not apply in the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The Boards in those jurisdictions will be able to tell you what you need to do to practise there.

Getting a letter of professional standing

On your request and for a fee, the Victorian Board can send a letter of professional standing to another registration or licensing authority.
> Request a letter of professional standing

Ceasing practice in Victoria

If you are ceasing practice in Victoria, you can either change to non-practising registration or let your registration lapse by not renewing it at renewal time.

  • If you opt for non-practising registration you will be listed as a non-practising veterinary practitioner on the Victorian Register of Veterinary Practitioners. You will continue to receive emails from the Board so you can keep up to date with Board activities.
  • If you do not renew your registration, the Board will remove your name from the register after 31 July. You will continue to receive updates from the Board and reminders to renew until 31 July.