Accreditation of Veterinarians for Livestock Export - Australian Government


You will require this accreditation if you are a veterinarian intending to conduct animal health procedures and certification for Approved Export Programs (AEPs).

AEPs are issued to exporters preparing livestock consignments for export. As part of an AEP, an Australian Accredited Veterinarian (AAV) is required for the preparation of animals for export and during an export voyage to undertake work, including:

  • pre-export testing and treatment of livestock whilst in isolation or quarantine
  • testing and treatment of livestock as specified by the importing country
  • inspections of livestock to evaluate them for signs of disease and fitness to travel.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to receive this accreditation you must:

  • be registered under the law of a state or territory as a veterinarian, veterinary practitioner or veterinary surgeon
  • have completed Animal Health Australia's Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians (APAV)
  • set out the application for accreditation in the approved form, setting out your name, address, date of birth, contact details and whether you are seeking to provide pre-export preparation services
  • successfully complete Animal Health Australia's Online AAVet course.

To be accredited to undertake shipboard work, you must also be an Australian citizen.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Departmental Charging Guidelines - Biosecurity and Export Regulatory Functions - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Export Control Act 2020 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021 Australian Government

Approval time

Please allow the department 10 working days to process your application.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.