Certificate of Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon - Queensland

Service summary

You require this registration if you are going to be practising as a Veterinary Surgeon in Queensland.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must have a Veterinary Science Degree gained from an accredited body prescribed in Schedule 1 of the Veterinary Surgeons Regulation 2016.

If your qualifications are not from an accredited body, you must successfully pass the National Veterinary Examination administered by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc. before being eligible to be registered as a Veterinary Surgeon.


This registration cannot be transferred because it is issued to individuals only.


This registration is for the duration of the calendar year when granted. A renewal notice is thereafter issued in December each year.



Primary registration as veterinary surgeon


Primary registration as veterinary surgeon for a limited period


Restoration of name to Register of Veterinary Specialists


Restoration of name to Register of Veterinary Surgeons

Duplicate Certificate$47.95

Duplicate certificate


Annual fee primary registration as veterinary specialist (additional fee)


Annual fee primary registration as veterinary surgeon


Primary registration as veterinary specialist


You can obtain the registration by submitting one of the following completed forms (as appropriate) to the Registrar:

  • Application for Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon (Form 1)
  • Application for Registration as a Veterinary Specialist (Form 3)
  • Application for Registration for a Limited Period (Form 2)

Registration forms can be obtained from the Board's head office, or downloaded from the Veterinary Surgeons website.

You will need to include one of the following documents with your application:

  • Two references attesting to your good fame and character and suitability for registration as a veterinary surgeon. The references should be given by either responsible members of the veterinary profession or persons of good repute in the community who have known you for at least 12 months. OR
  • A letter of good standing is to be furnished from the Veterinary Board in the primary place of current registration.


Also required is certified copy of photo identification (e.g. drivers licence, passport, student ID) endorsed This is a true photo of (FULL NAME) by either:

i). Commissioner of Declarations, Justice of Peace, Public Notary; or

ii). a registered veterinary surgeon (require the veterinary surgeon's signature, place of registration, registration number).

Additional information

You must be registered in each State/Territory of Australia in which you wish to practice.

Where you perform the majority of your practice in Queensland, you must have primary registration in Queensland.  Where you perform the majority of your practice in another State or Territory, you may have secondary registration in Queensland.

If you are a veterinary surgeon and a state public sector employee, you are exempt from payment of registration fees.

Administering agency

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
Veterinary Surgeons Board

Act(s) name

Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Veterinary Surgeons Regulation 2016 (Queensland)

Contact details

Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland

Operating address:
Level 15
53 Albert Street
Brisbane City, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
Brisbane, Queensland 4001


07 3087 8777


07 3087 8144

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