Guidelines about appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities are issued by Vetbord Victoria under section 62(1) (e) Veterinary Practice Act 1997

Veterinary practitioners should ensure that they are familiar with the Guidelines, which are considered to be the minimum standard expected from a registered veterinary practitioner exercising reasonable skill and care in the course of providing treatment to animals. At formal or informal hearings, a hearing panel may inform itself by reference to the Board's guidelines (per section 47(c)  of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997).

Vetboard Victoria produces a Guideline when it sees a need, based on complaints received. The Guidelines do not cover the complete range of veterinary practice. If you have feedback on the guidelines, please email [email protected].

Current Board Guidelines
(Adobe PDF File)

Have your say on revised Guidelines

Vetboard Victoria is seeking feedback on revised Guidelines about appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities.

We are inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including veterinary practitioners, employers and veterinary practice owners, pet owners, livestock producers, non-veterinary animal health providers, higher education providers, veterinary students, the Victorian and Commonwealth Government, other Australian and New Zealand veterinary boards, animal welfare organisations, and the general public.

You can give feedback on the revised Guidelines until 31 October 2019.

Click here to view the draft revised Guidelines and provide feedback.