Registration as a Veterinary Specialist - Western Australia


You will need this registration if you intend to specialise in a specific area of veterinary surgery.

You must be assessed and recommended for endorsement by the Advisory Committee on Registration of Veterinary Specialists (ACRVS) as a veterinary specialist before you can lodge your application for registration with the Board.

The full list of specialisations is set out in Schedule 3 of the Regulations. Examples of specialisations include:

  • equine surgery
  • small animal medicine
  • canine medicine
  • veterinary dentistry.

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 this licence you must:

  • hold sufficient practical experience in the speciality
  • meet the eligibility requirements of the ACVRS
  • be recommended to be endorsed as a specialist by the ACVRS.

To be eligible for assessment by the ACVRS you must:

  • be registered as a veterinary surgeon in Australia or New Zealand
  • have been practising as a veterinarian for at least 5 years
  • have completed a suitable training program
  • have successfully completed an examination at the conclusion of the training program
  • be accepted by colleagues and peers as possessing knowledge and skills at the level of a specialist
  • be currently working (including teaching) a minimum of 25 hours per week in the field of speciality.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $210.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $1343.00

Specialist assessment fee. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $91.00

Annual registration fee. Fees for 2023-24


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Other, Sole Trader Veterinary Specialist Assessment (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Veterinary Practice Act 2021 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Veterinary Practice Regulations 2022 Western Australia

Administering agency

Veterinary Surgeons' Board

Contact details

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