Guidelines about appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities are issued by Vetboard 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)

Review of Guidelines

Vetboard Victoria is reviewing its guidelines about appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities.

Thank you to the many veterinary practitioners and other stakeholders in the veterinary profession who gave feedback on the proposed guidelines during a recent consultation.

We are now in the process of analysing and considering all feedback. While the consultation has now closed, you can still view the proposed guidelines at

Finalised guidelines and a report on the consultation process will be released in 2020.