Veterinary Practitioners Registration - Victoria


You will need this registration to operate as a veterinary surgeon or specialist in Victoria. Veterinarians 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 practice 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.

Interstate veterinarians who are qualified to operate in their home state are automatically entitled to practice in Victoria.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Generally, to be eligible for registration, you must:

  • apply in writing to the Board
  • be of good character and health
  • have no criminal records within in the last ten years
  • have completed a degree in veterinary science or medicine accredited and recognised by the Board
  • pass a qualifying examination or have practised for a minimum of three years
  • pay the required fees.

Foreign graduates must also provide evidence of authority to work in Australia.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this registration that you abide by all industry standards and codes of practice, and engage in a program of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


One year


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $438.50

New graduates applying for general registration ($194 application fee + $244.50 registration fee). Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $683.00

General registration for registration in the period of 1 July 2022 to 1 December 2022 (application fee $194 + registration fee $489). Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $438.50 General registration for registration in the period 1 December 2022 to 30 June 2023 (application fee $194 + registration fee $244.50)
Apply Application All $815.00

Specific registration ($194 application fee + $132 complex assessment fee + $489 registration fee). Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $520.00

Specialist endorsement (application fee $194  + specialist endorsement fee $326). Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Veterinary Practice Act 1997 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Veterinary Practice Regulations 2018 Victoria

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application and all accompanying documentation by mail to the Board.

Approval time

Please allow up to three weeks for your application to be processed

Additional information

You may apply for one of the following types of registration:

  • General registration - for new graduates and those transferring from interstate under mutual recognition.
  • Specific registration - for those whose qualifications do not comply with the requirements of general registration (authorises the holder to undertake supervised study or training, or to fill a veterinary teaching or research position, but not to practice as a veterinarian).
  • Specialist registration - for registered applicants who want to be endorsed as a veterinary specialist.
  • Non-practising registration - for veterinary practitioners who will no longer practice in Victoria, either temporarily or permanently.

Administering agency

Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.