You will need this registration to operate as a veterinary practitioner or specialist in Victoria. Veterinary practitioners or specialists typically work in veterinary clinics or veterinary hospitals and provide treatment to injured and sick animals. Veterinarians may also work at zoos, farms, and other wildlife centres.
Only holders of this registration can use the title of a registered veterinary practitioner, claim to be qualified to practise as a veterinary practitioner, or carry out any services that are required to be performed by a registered veterinary practitioner, including:
- inspecting animals at a rodeo or rodeo school
- humanely destroying sick or injured wildlife
- administering, prescribing or selling certain drugs for the treatment of animals
- implanting or removing identification devices into animals
- treating marine animals
- purchasing, possessing, prescribing, administering or supplying certain drugs for the treatment of animals.
Interstate veterinary practitioners who are registered to practise in their home state can use their interstate registration to start practising in Victoria. However, if they make Victoria their principal place of residence, they must register in Victoria before their interstate registration expires.
Automatic recognition of veterinary registration does not apply to people registered in other countries including New Zealand. You cannot come to Victoria and immediately start working as a veterinary practitioner if you are not registered as a veterinary practitioner in Australia.