Registration information

Application timeframes

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

Lodge your application before the cut-off date for the Board's monthly meeting. You can ask for fast track registration if you miss a cut-off date or need to be registered earlier than the next Board meeting. Fast track processing takes up to 7 days and costs $250 on top of standard fees. ​The next application cut-off dates are:    
  • 24 October 2018 for Board meeting on 7 November 2018
  • 21 November 2018 for Board meeting on 5 December 2018
  • 18 December 2018 for Board meeting on 9 January 2019

Students graduating from Australian universities in 2018-19: please lodge your applications at least 2 weeks before the day the university will be awarding your degree (later applications may incur a $250 fast track fee). 

How to apply

Select the option that applies to you from the following list:

Registration and other service fees

Applicants for registration pay service and registration fees:
  • New graduates applying for general registration: $150 application fee + $185 registration fee = Total $335
  • General registration (including restoration/re-registration):
    • For registration in the period 1 July 2018 to 1 December 2019 - $150 application fee + $370 registration fee = Total $520
    • For registration in the period 1 December 2018 to 30 June 2019 - $150 application fee + $185 registration fee = Total $335  
  • Specific registration: $150 application fee + $75 complex assessment fee + $370 registration fee = Total $595
  • Specialist endorsement: $150 application fee + $250 specialist endorsement fee = Total $400. Specialists also pay a $370 general registration fee, and may need to pay a separate fee for the AVBC's Advisory Committee on the Registration of Veterinary Specialists to assess their qualifications.

More information: 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.