Veterinary Hospital Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence to perform major surgery on animals at any location or if you intend to advertise any premises as an animal or veterinary hospital. The board can issue three types of licences:

  • small animal hospital licence
  • large animal hospital licence
  • small and large (mixed) animal hospital licence.

Small animals include:

  • dogs
  • cats
  • aviary birds
  • aquarium fish
  • ferrets
  • rabbits
  • mice
  • rats
  • snakes
  • lizards
  • most Australian wildlife.

Large animals include:

  • equidae
  • pigs
  • ruminants
  • deer
  • camelids
  • any young animal from these categories.

As a holder of a veterinary hospital licence, you must ensure that the premises are managed by a superintendent who is a registered veterinary practitioner and that all hospital equipment is fit for purpose and well maintained.

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 a veterinary hospital licence, you must:

  • be a registered veterinary practitioner or a corporation in which one or more veterinary practitioners have a controlling interest
  • be able to demonstrate to the Veterinary Practitioners Board that your proposed hospital will be able to provide an acceptable level of care to animals
  • nominate a registered veterinary practitioner to be superintendent of the hospital.


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $265.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $370.00

Fees for 2023-24

Approval time

It will take up to 40 days for your application to be processed


If you are selling part or all of your hospital, you must submit an Application to Transfer Hospital Licence form.

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.