Full Registration as a Veterinary Practitioner - New South Wales


You will need this registration to practice as a veterinary 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.

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.

You will need provisional registration to practice if you have completed the requirements of a degree in veterinary science but have not yet received a copy of your qualifications. Provisional registration may be given to you when you apply for full registration.

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, you must:

  • hold a qualification in veterinary science after studying for at least 4 years at a university, college or other approved institution
  • pass the National Veterinary Exam (NVE) if you received your qualification from an approved overseas institution
  • 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 note that there are ongoing reporting requirements for registered veterinary practitioners, including convictions, impairments, and professional training.


Full registration expires on 30 June each year. Provisional registration expires after 3 months.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $145.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $320.00

Full year registration. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $160.00

Half year registration. Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $50.00

Fees for 2023-24

Application process


If you have previously been registered elsewhere, 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.

Approval time

7-10 days

Administering agency

Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW

Contact details

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