Guidelines about appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities are issued by Vetboard Victoria under section 62(1) (e) Veterinary Practice Act 1997

Veterinary practitioners should ensure that they are familiar with the Guidelines, which are considered to be the minimum standard expected from a registered veterinary practitioner exercising reasonable skill and care 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

The Board has completed a review of its statutory guidelines for appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities. Revised guidelines will come into effect on 1 May 2021, and the Board encourages you to read the guidelines before that date.

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

Watch this space for registration details of three introductory webinars where you will be able to learn more about the incoming guidelines.

Please send any questions you may have to [email protected]