The Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria's functions include issuing guidelines about appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities (section 62(1) (e) Veterinary Practice Act 1997).

Veterinary practitioners should ensure that they are familiar with the Board's guidelines, which are considered to be the minimum standard expected of  a registered veterinary practitioner in the course of providing treatment to animals. At formal or informal hearings, a hearing panel may inform itself by reference to the Board's guidelines (per section 47(c)  of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997).

Vetboard Victoria produces a guideline when it sees a need, based on complaints received. The guidelines do not cover the complete range of veterinary practice. If you have feedback on the guidelines, please email [email protected].

Current Board Guidelines
(Adobe PDF File)

Preview revised guidelines to take effect on 1 May 2021

Revised guidelines on appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities will come into effect on 1 May 2021.

The guidelines have been revised to reflect contemporary expectations of users of veterinary services, the veterinary profession and the general community.

Please send any questions about the revised guideines to [email protected]