Limited Registration as a Veterinary Practitioner - New South Wales


You will require this registration to practice as a veterinary practitioner in New South Wales for a specific purpose or for a limited time. For example, this registration allows you 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 must 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.

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.

Ongoing eligibility 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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $145.00 Fees for 2022-23
Apply Licence All $370.00 Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Veterinary Practice Act 2003 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Veterinary Practice Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Lodgement process


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 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.

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.

Disqualified persons or entities

You may not be eligible for registration as a veterinary practitioner in New South Wales if you:

  • have been charged with a crime under specific laws or a crime that places a condition on your ability to be a veterinary practitioner
  • are physically or mentally unfit to be a practitioner
  • have been refused registration or licensing in another state or territory
  • have had a previous registration suspended or cancelled in another state or territory
  • are not of good character.

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.