Registration as a Specialist Veterinary Practitioner - New South Wales


You will need this registration to be a specialist veterinary practitioner. A specialist practitioner has an exceptionally high level of skill in a branch of veterinary science above that of a regular 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.

Specialist veterinary science branches include but are not limited to:

  • anaesthesiology
  • cardiology
  • dentistry
  • ophthalmology
  • dermatology
  • radiology
  • reproduction
  • surgery.

Applications for registration as a specialist veterinary practitioner are assessed by the Australia-wide veterinary board and are approved by your state's veterinary board.

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 as a specialist veterinary practitioner, you must:

  • hold full registration or be eligible for full registration as a veterinary practitioner in New South Wales
  • have been practising veterinary science for a minimum of five years
  • have completed a training program approved by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council
  • have completed an examination following an approved training program
  • be accepted by your colleagues and peers as possessing knowledge and skill at the level of a specialist practitioner
  • be currently working or teaching a minimum of 25 hours per week in a speciality field.


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $275.00

Fees for 2023-24

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Application process


Please lodge the application form and associated documentation directly with the Agency. Any copies of necessary documents submitted must be signed by an authorised witness.

Approval time

2 to 3 months

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.