Limited Registration as a Veterinary Practitioner - New South Wales

Service summary

This registration allows you to practice as a veterinary practitioner in New South Wales for a specific purpose or for a limited time. You will require this registration to practice if your overseas veterinary science qualifications are not recognised in Australia and you intend to sit the National Veterinary Exam for full registration.

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.  

Limited registration may include one of the following conditions:

  • that you are supervised by a veterinary practitioner when working
  • that you are to only perform specific tasks
  • any other conditions that are considered appropriate.

Applications for limited 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.

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 limited registration as a veterinary practitioner in New South Wales, you must: 

  • have some qualifications and experience in the field of veterinary science if you do not have the necessary qualifications for full registration
  • 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 veterinary practitioner with limited registration, 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.


Limited registrations are approved at each board meeting of the Veterinary Practitioners Board.


Specified by the Veterinary Practitioners Board upon application.


Specified by the Veterinary Practitioners Board upon application.





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

Additional information

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

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.

The Veterinary Practitioners Board must receive your application at least 7 days before their next board meeting.

If you need to be supervised while practising, you must complete the Supervising Veterinary Declaration form.

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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