Registration as a Specialist Veterinary Practitioner - New South Wales


You will require this registration to be a specialist veterinary practitioner in New South Wales. 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.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

As a registered specialist veterinary practitioner, you must inform the board 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.

An advisory committee will prescribe the minimum standards that must be met on re-registration as a specialist veterinary practitioner.


30 June each year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $275.00 Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Veterinary Practice Act 2003 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Veterinary Practice Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Application process


Please lodge the application form and associated documentation directly with the Agency.

Approval time

It will take two to three months for your application to be processed

Additional information

Any copies of necessary documents submitted must be signed by an authorised witness.

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.