General registration

Qualifying for general registration

General registration is for persons with a degree in veterinary science or veterinary medicine from an accredited college, or an accredited non-award qualification. The accreditation body in Australia is the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (the AVBC). See the AVBC list of accredited colleges and non-award qualifications here (PDF). 

When to apply

The Board meets to consider applications every month, and there is a cut-off date for submitting applications before each monthly Board meeting .You can request fast-track registration if you miss a cut-off date or want to be registered before a Board meeting. Fast-tracking takes up to 7 days and costs $250 in addition to standard fees. 

How to apply and what to send the Board

The Board accepts email applications but you can also lodge applications by post or in person. The Board does not accept faxed applications. All emailed documents must be sent as PDF scans, not .jpeg, .png or other image files.  Our email address is communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au 

To apply for general registration, you must:

  1. Arrange for the registration or licensing authority where you are currently practising to email the Board a letter of professional standing. You cannot send the letter to the Board yourself; the registration/licensing authority where you are registered must send it directly to the Board at communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au
    • If you have active registration with more than one registration or licensing authority, you must arrange for all of those authorities to send the Board a letter of professional standing/license verification.
    • If you are not registered anywhere at the moment, you must arrange for a letter of professional standing/license verification to be sent by the authority where you were last actively registered..
  2. Send the Board the following documents:               
    • A completed application form
    • certified copy of your degree certificate or diploma certificate (certified by an authorised person on the front of the copy not the blank back page). International graduates who have taken the NAVLE, you must also arrange for the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency to email a score transfer certificate to communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au
    • certified copy of photographic identification such as your passport, or the front and back pages of your driver's licence (certified by an authorised person on the front of copies not the blank back page)
    • An up-to-date and comprehensive personal resume of your veterinary activities.

If your application form is not complete, we do not receive a letter of professional standing for you, or you do not provide all requesting documentation, the Board will not be able to consider your application until we receive this information.

The application form

To help you complete the application form:

  • The form includes a statutory declaration which you must print, complete, and sign in front of person officially authorised to witness documents in your country. In Australia, persons authorised to witness documents include pharmacists, veterinary practitioners, police officers, lawyers and justices of the peace. The person cannot be a relative, housemate, or someone you are in a relationship with.
  • If you do not have a residential address in Victoria yet, write TO BE ADVISED. You must advise us as soon as you do have a residential address.

  • If you do not have a practice address, write NO REGISTER ADDRESS.

  • For the payment section, the fee for general registration depends on the time of year you are applying. As an example, in the 2017-2018 year, applications for:
    - registration starting before 1 December cost $510, consisting of a $150 application fee and $360 in registration fees covering the period to 30 June 2018
    - registration starting after 1 December cost $330, consisting of a $150 application fee and $180 in registration fees covering the period to 30 June 2018.
    NOTE you would also pay an extra $250 if you ask for fast track processing of your application.

Privacy of your information: The Board will only use and disclose personal information collected in the registration form for the purposes of registration, unless the Board has obtained your consent to use the information for additional purposes. More information: Privacy and data protection policy

Charges for general registration

In the 2017-2018 financial year ending 30 June 2018, charges for general registration depend on when you want to be registered:

  • Registration starting before 1 December costs $510, consisting of a $150 application fee and $360 in registration fees to 30 June 2018.
  • Registration starting after 1 December costs $330, consisting of a $150 application fee and $180 in registration fees covering the period to 30 June 2018.  

NOTE if you ask for fast-track processing of your application you would also pay a fast track fee of $250.

More information on fees:  Fees