Veterinary Practitioners Registration - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this registration to operate as a veterinary surgeon or specialist in Victoria. Veterinarians typically work in veterinary clinics or veterinary hospitals and provide treatment to injured and sick animals. Veterinarians may also work at zoos, farms, and other wildlife centres.

Only holders of this registration can use the title of a registered veterinary practitioner, claim to be qualified to practice as a veterinary practitioner, or carry out any services that are required to be performed by a registered veterinary practitioner including:

  • inspecting animals at a rodeo or rodeo school
  • humanely destroying sick or injured wildlife
  • administering, prescribing or selling certain drugs for the treatment of animals
  • implanting or removing identification devices into animals
  • treating marine animals.

Interstate veterinarians who are qualified to operate in their home state are automatically entitled to practice in Victoria.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Registration is available for applicants in several forms:

  • general registration is for new graduates and those transferring from interstate under mutual recognition
  • specific registration is for those whose qualifications do not comply with the requirements of general registration (authorises the holder to undertake supervised study or training, or to fill a veterinary teaching or research position, but not to practice as a veterinarian)
  • specialist registration is for registered applicants who wish to be endorsed as a veterinary specialist.

Application may also be made for non-practising and restoration forms of registration.

Generally, to be eligible for registration you must:

  • apply in writing to the Board
  • be of good character and health
  • have no criminal records within in the last 10 years
  • have completed a degree in veterinary science or medicine accredited and recognised by the Board
  • pass a qualifying examination or have practised for a minimum of three years
  • pay the required fees.

Foreign graduates must also provide evidence of authority to work in Australia.

Applicants holding qualifications that do not qualify them for general registration may apply for specific registration.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

It will be an ongoing requirement of this registration that you abide by all industry standards and codes of practice, and engage in a program of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


To be renewed each year.


30 June.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.



Please lodge your application and all accompanying documentation by mail to the Board.

Approval time

Please allow up to 3 weeks for your application to be processed.

Administering agency

Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria

Act(s) name

Veterinary Practice Act 1997 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Veterinary Practice Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Contact details

Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria

Operating address:
Level 11 470 Collins Street
Victoria 3000


03 9620 7444


03 9620 7044

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