Registration renewal 2020-2021

Renewal dates

It is your responsibility as a registered veterinary practitioner to apply to renew your registration (section 12 of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997).

  • The Board registration year is from 1 July to 30 June (financial year registration).
  • The Board launches the registration renewal period in May by opening the VetConsole for online renewal.
  • After the renewal period begins, veterinary practitioners have until 30 June 2020 to renew their registration without incurring late charges.
  • Late fees accrue on non-paid charges for renewal after 30 June during the period 1 July to 31 July.
  • The last day of the renewal period is 31 July.
  • After 1 August, the Board removes the names of veterinary practitioners who have not renewed their registration from the Register of Veterinary Practitioners. 
  • Veterinary practitioners who fail to renew before 31 July but still wish to be registered in Victoria must submit a re-registration application.

How to prepare for renewal

Veterinary practitioners can take the following actions to prepare for renewal:
A. Check all contact details are up to date in the VetConsole
  • VetConsole web address: www.vetboard.vic.gov.au/vetconsole
  • Your username and password have been sent to you in previous emails from the Board (search your email using our full email address [email protected]). Your username is your 4-digit registration number with a V in front, e.g. V0000. If you cannot find your sign-in details, you can re-set your password via the Forgot my password or my username links on the VetConsole. If you do not receive re-set emails you may have changed your email address or our re-set email may have gone to your junk/spam email folder. For assistance, email [email protected].
B. When signed into the VetConsole, check your contact details
  1. Is your email address up to date? This is the address we will use for renewal reminders. NOTE: Make sure there is no email address in the mailing address section.
  2. Is your mobile number correct? This is the number we will use for SMS renewal reminders.
  3. Is your residential address in the residential address field of the VetConsole?
    • You must provide your residential address so we know you are entitled to be registered in Victoria. Under section 4(1A) of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997, a prerequisite for registration in Victoria is that your principal place of residence is (or will be) in Victoria when you are practising.
    • Under section 19 of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997, you must notify the Board of a change of address within 28 days of that change.
    • Do not enter a mailing address if it is the same as your residential address.

The register and your privacy

Under section 16(6) of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997, the Board must ensure that private address information must not appear on the part of the Register of Veterinary Practitioners open to the public for inspection, unless authorised by a veterinary practitioner.

Therefore, residential addresses, personal email, and mobile numbers are not published on the Board’s Search for a Vet webpage unless a veterinary practitioner has chosen to include these details under their practice information on the VetConsole.

What to do if you are retiring from practice

If you are retiring from practice, you may wish to take up non-practising registration.  Veterinary practitioners with non-practising registration pay a reduced fee. Your name would remain on the Register of Veterinary Practitioners and you would continue to receive communications from the Board. As a non-practising veterinary practitioner, you are still able to witness documents and statutory declarations (except for legal affidavits). It is important to note that veterinary practitioners with non-practising registration may not:
  • carry out veterinary procedures, including treatment of own animals, in Victoria
  • provide veterinary services in Victoria
  • purchase, possess or supply scheduled drugs under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances legislation in Victoria, and
  • exercise authority requiring registration as a veterinary practitioner in Victoria.

To move to non-practising registration, please download, complete and lodge the application for non-practising registration below. Note that the application form contains a statutory declaration confirming acceptance of the above conditions, which you must sign in the presence of a person authorised to witness documents. You can submit the form by email to [email protected]

What to do if you have temporarily stopped practising in Victoria

If you have temporarily stopped practising in Victoria, e.g. if you are on parental leave, are working in a different profession, or have moved overseas for a short period, you have several options as follows:
  1. Keep up your general registration, which would mean you could step back into practising at any time to take locum shifts etc. This would also mean you could continue to treat your own animals in Victoria.
  2. Let your registration lapse and re-register a month or so before you return to practising in Victoria. Fees to re-register include an application fee (currently $155+) as well as registration fees. More information: Re-registration.
  3. Lodge an application to move to non-practising registration, which would mean your name would remain on the Register of Veterinary Practitioners and you would continue to receive communications from the Board. The application form below contains a statutory declaration which must be signed in the presence of a person authorised to witness documents, in which you confirm that you will not:
    • carry out veterinary procedures, including treatment of own animals, in Victoria
    • provide veterinary services in Victoria
    • purchase, possess or supply scheduled drugs under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances legislation in Victoria, and
    • exercise authority requiring registration as a veterinary practitioner in Victoria.

See non-practising application form below.

Vetboard Victoria contact details

  • Telephone: 03 9620 7444
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Address: Vetboard Victoria | Level 14, 10-16 Queen Street | Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Fax: 03 9620 7044