Registration renewal

About registration renewal

It is your responsibility as a registered veterinary practitioner to make sure you 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 registration renewal period usually starts in the middle of May, with email and SMS reminders sent through May and June
  • Veterinary practitioners registered in Victoria have until 30 June 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 will remove the names of veterinary practitioners who have not renewed their registration from the Register of Veterinary Practitioners. 

Renewal methods

Ways to renew your registration include:​

Online renewal via the Board's VetConsole

Online renewal and payment on the Board’s VetConsole is the easiest way to renew. You will need your username and password to sign in to the VetConsole and you can reset your password if you have forgotten it. More information: How to prepare for renewal

Manual renewal via renewal form

An alternative to online renewal is to download, complete and return a manual renewal form by post or email, or in person to our office. Board staff will process your renewal after we receive the form.

You MUST renew via manual renewal in the following circumstances:

  1. if you cannot declare that all of the statements on the compliance declaration you must complete during renewal are true: you will have to provide a statement with the renewal form explaining why any statement in the declaration is not true in your case. You can read the compliance statements in the manual renewal form .
  2. if the Board is investigating a complaint against you (or has investigated a complaint within the 12 months before renewing) or is conducting disciplinary proceedings about your professional conduct or fitness to practise (or did so within the 12 months before renewing).
  3.  if there is an ongoing complaint or investigation against you by another veterinary registration authority: you must provide an update to the Board about the progress of that complaint before your registration will be able to be renewed.
  4. if you have conditions on your general registration: the Board will email you a renewal form containing the conditions on your registration. You must complete and return the form before your registration will be able to be renewed.

Fees and payment

If you renew online, payment is by credit card. To pay by cheque or other method, you will need to complete a renewal form.

Fees for the financial year 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 are:

  • $380 for general registration
  • $100 for non-practising registration
  • $250 for specialist endorsement fees (specialists also pay $380 for their general registration fee).

If you are an honorary registrant, you will not have to pay fees but you must still renew your registration. It is important that you complete a compliance declaration for your registration.

More information: Board fee schedule.

How to prepare for renewal

You can take the following actions to prepare for renewal:​
A. Sign into the VetConsole now to check all your details are up to date
  • VetConsole web address:
  • 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] and "password" as search terms). 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 email folder. For assistance, call us on 9620 7444 or email.
B. When you are signed into the VetConsole, check your contact details
  1. Is your email address up to date? We will email renewal reminders to you.
  2. Is your mobile number correct? We will SMS renewal reminders to you.
  3. Is your residential address on the VetConsole?
    • We must have 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 after that change.
    • We do not need your 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.

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