National Registration of Veterinarians

The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and Animal Health Committee (AHC) have worked together to develop a model for national recognition of veterinary registration in Australia.

About the Model

In responding to the desire to establish a single-transaction Australia-wide registration for veterinarians, a national model has been developed and aims to:

  • ensure that veterinarians, registrable in Australia, can be registered to practise nationally on the basis of a single application and single fee, while retaining current arrangements as far as possible
  • provide for simple and effective implementation within current VSB structure, easily applicable in all jurisdictions
  • progress nationally uniform categories of registration eg general and specialist registrants
  • be achievable with minimal legislative amendment
  • have minimal cost implications for the general public and be easy to administer.

Preferred Model and Possible Impacts

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has received a regulation impact statement that provides details, and outlines the preferred model and its possible impacts.

Regulation Impact Statement—National Registration of Veterinarians  msword Word [169kb]

Regulation Impact Statement—National Registration of Veterinarians PDF Icon PDF [182kb]

Note: The comment period for this document has now closed. Veterinary boards and relevant state and territory departments are working together to address legislative and administrative issues identified during consultation on the model.


Each state and territory in Australia has separate legislation covering veterinary practise which is regulated under the relevant state or territory Veterinary Registration Board (VSB).

Separate regulatory systems in each state and territory hinder the mobility of veterinarians within Australia, hinder interstate competitiveness, and inconvenience clients with interstate or national interests as well as those requiring particular veterinary expertise only available outside their own state or territory.

There is now ready movement of Australians and animals from state to state. Public policy has embraced the concepts of open markets, competition policy and mutual recognition by state and territory systems of qualifications and operations by other states and territories.

National recognition of veterinary registration has assumed increasing importance in the last decade with the growing need to remove obstacles to the delivery of cross-border veterinary services. In addition, one of the objectives of National Competition Policy is to allow greater competition within the veterinary services market. As production animal enterprises consolidate or specialise and performance animals travel to compete nationally, reforms which enable the integrated delivery of veterinary services on an Australia wide basis are vital to the profession meeting existing and future market demand for veterinary services.

Current arrangements no longer provide the most appropriate and efficient mechanism for regulation of modern veterinary practice, and do not accommodate ongoing technological advances and changes within the profession.