Registration as a Specialist Veterinary Practitioner - New South Wales

Service summary

This registration allows you to act as a specialist veterinary practitioner in New South Wales. A specialist practitioner has an exceptionally high level of skill in a branch of veterinary science above that of a regular practitioner.

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.

Specialist veterinary science branches include:

  • Anaesthesiology
  • Medicine
  • Emergency care
  • Anatomical pathology
  • Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pathobiology
  • Dermatology
  • Radiology
  • Reproduction
  • Surgery
  • Microbiology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Oncology
  • Toxicology.

Applications for registration as a specialist veterinary practitioner are assessed by the Australia-wide veterinary board and are approved by your state's veterinary board.

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 specialist veterinary practitioner in New South Wales, you must:

  • hold full registration or be eligible for full registration as a veterinary practitioner in New South Wales
  • have been practising veterinary science for a minimum of 5 years
  • have completed a training program approved by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council
  • have completed an examination following an approved training program
  • be accepted by your colleagues and peers as possessing knowledge and skill at the level of a specialist practitioner
  • be currently working or teaching a minimum of 25 hours per week in a speciality field.

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


Ongoing requirements

As a registered specialist veterinary practitioner, you must inform the board 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.  

An advisory committee will prescribe the minimum standards that must be met on re-registration as a specialist veterinary practitioner.


It will take 2 to 3 months for your application to be processed.




Registration expires on 30 June each year.



Fee when paying by credit card.

Application$1,320.00Fee when not paying by credit card.



Please lodge the application form and associated documentation directly with the Agency.

Additional information

Any copies of necessary documents submitted must be signed by an authorised witness.

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

Supporting information


The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice, nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained, the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.

To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments, their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon the information.