New graduate registration
Eligibility for new graduate registration
You are eligible to apply for general registration as a new graduate with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria (the Board) if:
- In the 2019-2020 year (if registering before 30 June 2020) or the 2020-2021 year (if registering after 1 July 2020), you were or will be awarded a degree in veterinary science or medicine from a tertiary institution accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC). International graduates from some universities on the AVBC list must show they have passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) and some international graduates may also need to demonstrate English language competency.
- You plan to live in Victoria after you graduate.
- You are not already registered or licensed (even just provisionally) as a veterinary practitioner with another registration or licensing authority.
When to apply
When to apply depends on if you have been awarded your degree and when you want to start practising. The Victorian Board only grants registration to applicants who have been officially awarded their degree by their university or college. Completing your studies is not the same as being awarded your degree.
- If you are applying to be registered on the date you will be awarded your degree, please submit your application at least 2 weeks before that date.
- If you have already been awarded your degree, apply to be registered at the next monthly Board meeting. See the cut-off dates for submitting applications.
If you miss an application deadline, you can request fast track processing of your registration application. Fast tracking takes up to 7 days and costs $155 in addition to standard fees.
How to apply and what to send us
You can email your application to Board [email protected]
You must send the Board the following documents as good quality PDF files (not .JPEG, .PNG or other image files):
- A completed new graduate application form.
Proof that you have been or will be awarded your degree:
- There is a statutory declaration in the form. You must complete this in front of a person authorised to witness documents. In Victoria, people authorised to witness/certify documents include pharmacists, police officers, justices of the peace, and registered veterinary practitioners.
- If you do not have a residential address in Victoria yet, write ADDRESS TO BE ADVISED on the form. You must advise us as soon as you do have a residential address (and in the meantime make sure to give us your postal address so we can email your registration documents to you).
- If you do not have a practice address yet, write NO REGISTER ADDRESS on the form.
- Total fees in the 2020-2021 year for graduate registration are $350, consisting of a $155 application fee and $195 in registration fees. These fees will cover the period from the date you are registered to 30 June 2021. For the next registration year 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022, you will pay standard registration fees.
A certified copy of current photographic identification such as a passport or the front and back of a driver's licence.
A personal resume/curriculum vitae covering all your education, work and veterinary activities up to now. Include your place of birth, and your places of primary, secondary and tertiary education. If English is not your primary language, include a section detailing your English language education.
Certified copies of English language test results, if you have completed any of the tests listed in the document English language skills: AVBC Standards (PDF).
- If you have not yet been awarded your degree: if your name is on a list of students scheduled to be awarded a degree which your Australia or New Zealand veterinary school has sent to us, the Board can grant registration without sighting a degree certificate but only after the date the university confers/awards the degree to you (completing your studies is not the same as being awarded your degree).
- If you have already been awarded your degree, we will accept a certified copy of your degree certificate/testamur or a copy of an academic transcript which states the date you were awarded or conferred your degree. Alternatively, Australian or New Zealand graduates can arrange to send an email containing a link to a secure digital copy of the testamur or transcript directly from the My eQuals platform to [email protected] . If we can download the document directly from My eQuals there is no need to send us a certified document.
- International graduates who have taken the NAVLE: you must also arrange for the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency to email a score transfer certificate to [email protected].