About the Board

Board mission and functions

The Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria is a statutory body created through the passing of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997 (PDF). Before 1997, the body that regulated veterinary practitioners was called the Veterinary Board of Victoria, created in 1888 under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1887.

The Board's mission is to protect the public and the health and welfare of animals by regulating veterinary practitioners through the effective administration of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997.

The Board's functions are to:
  • Register veterinary practitioners
  • Investigate complaints against veterinary practitioners registered in Victoria
  • Subject registered veterinary practitioners to disciplinary procedures when appropriate
  • Issue guidelines
  • Advise the Minister on any matters relating to the Board's functions.

The nine members of the Board meet every month to oversee the operations of the Board, consider complaints against registered veterinary practitioners, and consider applications for registration in Victoria. For an introduction to the members of the current Board, see Board members.