Specialist registration

The title veterinary specialist is legally restricted to persons who have achieved higher veterinary qualifications and are registered as veterinary specialists by Australian veterinary boards.

The Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria endorses veterinary practitioners to practise in Victoria as veterinary specialists in branches of veterinary surgery or medicine. Prerequisites for endorsement are:
  1. The veterinary practitioner must be registered in Victoria.
  2. The practitioner must have satisfactorily completed a post-graduate qualification in a recognised branch of veterinary surgery or medicine.
  3. The practitioner must have practised, or must be currently practising, in the specified branch of veterinary surgery or medicine.

Application information

Applying if you are endorsed as a specialist in another Australian State or Territory

  1. If you do not have general registration in Victoria > Apply for general registration
  2. Arrange with the Board where you are endorsed as a specialist to email a Letter of professional standing containing confirmation of your specialist endorsement to communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au
  3. Complete and email the specialist application form below to communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au

After you lodge your application, the Board will consider the application at at its next monthly meeting.

Applying if you are not an endorsed specialist in Australia

  1. If you do not have general registration in Victoria > Apply for general registration
  2. Complete and email the following two forms, with the supporting documents specified in the forms, to communications@vetboard.vic.gov.au
    • Form 1: Specialist Application Form (DOCX)
      • Essential reading: the information you provide in and with this form will be used by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council's Advisory Committee on the Registration of Veterinary Specialists to assess your higher veterinary qualifications. Before you complete the AVBC's form, view the AVBC's web page for veterinary specialists and read the Specialist Registration Information Booklet (PDF). 
      • More information on completing Form 1: contact the AVBC at admin@avbc.asn.au or +61 3 9620 7844. 
      • Reminder: You must email Form 1 and all supporting documents to the Victorian Board not the AVBC.
    • Form 2: The Victorian Board’s application form for endorsement as a veterinary specialist (below).
After you lodge your application:
  • The AVBC’s Advisory Committee on Registration of Veterinary Specialists will assess your qualifications. This committee is the body responsible for recommending specialist status to Australian registration boards.
  • Standard applications can take up to 6 weeks to assess. Alternative applications can take up to 12 months to assess. We will keep you updated during the endorsement process.
  • We may contact you on the AVBC's behalf to ask you for more information.
  • If the AVBC recommends you for specialist endorsement, your endorsement will be considered at the next meeting of the Victorian Board.

Application and endorsement fees

Board fees for specialist endorsement during the 2017-2018 financial year are:
  • $150 application fee 
  • $250 specialist endorsement fee (payable each year)
  • If you are also applying for general registration, general registration fees of $360 (or $180 for the period 1 December to 30 June).

AVBC assessment fees: if you have not been endorsed as a specialist by another Australian State or Territory, you will also need to pay to have your qualifications assessed by the AVBC’s Advisory Committee on Registration of Veterinary Specialists. More information: AVBC schedule of fees (PDF) or contact the AVBC at admin@avbc.asn.au or +61 3 9620 7844.   

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