New graduate registration

Eligibility for new graduate registration

You can apply for new graduate registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria (the Board) if:

  • you plan to live in Victoria after you graduate
  • you have not registered  as a veterinary practitioner/veterinarian with another registration or licensing authority, and
  • in the 2017-2018 year, you have been or are soon going to be awarded a degree in veterinary science or medicine  from a university accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) – see the AVBC list here (PDF). International graduates from some universities must also show they have passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) – these universities are also shown on the AVBC list (PDF).

When to apply

When to apply depends on when you are graduating and when you want to start practising. If you have not yet been awarded your degree, you can submit your application before you graduate but the Board can only grant registration after receiving proof that you have definitely been awarded your degree. 

The Board meets to consider applications every month, and there is a cut-off date for submitting applications before each monthly meeting. You can request fast track registration if you need to registered before the following 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. All documents must be sent as PDF scans, NOT .JPEG, .PNG or other images. Our email address is communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au

You must send the Board the following documents:

  1. A completed new graduate application form.
  2. A copy of your degree certificate or an academic transcript that says you have been awarded or conferred your degree. The copy of the document must be certified on the front of the copy by a person authorised to witness documents.
    • 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
    • Australian graduates who do not have a degree certificate: The Board must be satisfied that you have actually been formally awarded your degree by your university, not just completed your studies. If you have not yet been awarded your degree you can submit your application before you graduate, but the Board can only grant you registration after we receive proof that you have definitely been awarded your degree. The Board has arranged for Australian veterinary schools to email a list of graduates as soon as possible after the date degrees are awarded or conferred. The Board will accept these lists as proof that degrees have been awarded and will be able to grant registration to the people on those lists even if they cannot provide a degree certificate.  
  3. A copy of current photographic identification such as a passport or drivers licence (both sides of the licence). The copy of the document must be certified on the front of the copy by a person authorised to witness documents.
  4. An up-to-date personal resume (CV) including a full work history and all veterinary-related activities.

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 new graduate registration is $330. This consists of a $150 application fee and $180 in registration fees which will give you registration until 30 June 2018. If you want to fast track your application, you must also authorise payment of a $250 fast track fee.

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

Cost of new graduate registration

In the 2017-2018 financial year, new graduate registration is AUD$330. This fee includes a $150 application fee and $180 in discounted registration fees. If you ask to fast track your registration, you would also pay a $250 fast track fee. More information on fees:  Fees

Can I work in Victoria if I have provisional registration in another State or Territory?

No. The Board only recognises full registration from other States and Territories as giving a person the right to practise under national recognition of veterinary registration.  The Board does not recognise provisional registration as giving a person the right to practise in Victoria.