Full Registration as a Veterinary Practitioner - New South Wales

Service summary

This registration allows you to practice as a veterinary practitioner in New South Wales. A veterinary practitioner provides:

  • diagnosis, medical or surgical treatment of disease or injury in animals
  • advice on the health and welfare of animals and public health and safety of animal food products.

Applications for registration as a veterinary practitioner are assessed by the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW.

You will not need to apply for this registration if you live outside of New South Wales and are already registered as a veterinary practitioner in another state or territory.

You will need provisional registration to practice if you have completed the requirements of a degree in veterinary science but have not yet received a copy of your qualifications. Provisional registration may be given to you when you apply for full registration.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for registration as a veterinary practitioner in New South Wales, you must:

  • hold a qualification in veterinary science after studying for at least 4 years at a university, college or other approved institution
  • pass a the National Veterinary Exam (NVE) if you received your qualification from an approved overseas institution
  • make a declaration outlining your moral and ethical responsibilities as a veterinary practitioner
  • be a person of good character
  • live in New South Wales.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

As a registered veterinary practitioner, you must inform the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW each year of the following information:

  • any crimes you have been convicted of
  • any impairments you have suffered that affects your ability to practice veterinary science
  • whether your interstate registration has been cancelled, suspended or has had conditions placed on it
  • whether you have been refused a licence or registration in relation to your work as a veterinary practitioner
  • details of any professional training or development that you have done.

Failure to provide this information each year will lead to cancellation of your registration.

You must notify the board of any changes to your name, address or contact details within 14 days of making the change.


It will take 7 to 10 days for your application to be processed.




Full registration expires on 30 June each year. Provisional registration expires after 3 months.


Licence$280.00Full year's registration.
Licence$140.00Six months' registration.



Your application must be supported by specified documentation. Please consult the Contact Officer or refer to the application form for details.

Additional information

If you currently hold provisional registration, then that registration will expire on the day that you are given full registration.

If you have previously been registered, you must request that a Letter of Professional Standing (LOPS) or a Letter of Good Standing (LOGS) be sent from your most recent regulatory authority or board to the Veterinary Association Board of NSW.

Any copies of necessary documents submitted to the Veterinary Practitioners Board must be signed by an authorised witness.

If you hold the relevant veterinary qualifications and are required to sit the National Veterinary Exam, you may be eligible for limited registration before undertaking the exam.

Administering agency

Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW

Act(s) name

Veterinary Practice Act 2003 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Veterinary Practice Regulation 2013 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW

Operating address:
Suite 7.09
247 Coward St
New South Wales 2020
Mailing address:
PO BOX 6391
Alexandria, New South Wales 2015


02 8338 1177


1300 366 653


02 8338 1077

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