Registration information

Application timeframes

The Board meets every month to consider applications for the registration of veterinary practitioners.

Lodge your application before the monthly cut-off date (all dates listed below). If you have missed a cut-off date or need to be registered earlier than the next Board meeting, you can request fast track processing of your application. This takes up to 7 days and costs $155 on top of standard fees:
  • NEW GRADUATES: The Board can grant you registration outside of ordinary Board meeting times on the first business day after you are awarded your degree. Please make sure you email us your registration application and available supporting documents at least 2 weeks before the date you will be awarded your degree. More information: New graduate registration
  • VETS RECENTLY RELOCATED TO VICTORIA: If your principal place of residence is now Victoria but you are still registered in another Australian State or Territory, you must lodge an application at least a month before your current registration expires. More information: General registration
Application cut-off dates for 2020-21 are:
  • 16 December 2020 for 1 January 2021
  • 28 January for Board meeting on 10 February 2021
  • 24 February for Board meeting on 10 March 2021
  • 31 March for Board meeting on 14 April 2021
  • 28 April for Board meeting on 12 May 2021
  • 26 May for Board meeting on 9 June 2021
  • 23 June for Board meeting on 8 July 2021
  • 28 July for Board meeting on 11 August 2021
  • 25 August for Board meeting on 8 September 2021
  • 29 September for Board meeting on 13 October 2021
  • 27 October for Board meeting on 10 November 2021
  • 24 November for Board meeting on 8 December 2021

How to apply

Select the option that applies to you from the following list:

Registration and other service fees

The following fees are for the 2020-2021 registration year.

Applicants for registration pay service and registration fees:

  • New graduates applying for general registration: $155 application fee + $195 registration fee = Total $350
  • General registration (including restoration/re-registration):
    • For registration in the period 1 July 2020 to 1 December 2021 - $155 application fee + $390 registration fee = Total $545
    • For registration in the period 1 December 2020 to 30 June 2021 - $155 application fee + $195 registration fee = Total $350  
  • Specific registration: $155 application fee + $105 complex assessment fee + $390 registration fee = Total $650
  • Specialist endorsement: $155 application fee + $260 specialist endorsement fee = Total $415. Specialists also pay a $390 general registration fee, and may need to pay a separate fee for the AVBC's Advisory Committee on the Registration of Veterinary Specialists to assess their qualifications.

More information: registration and service fee schedule

Using other Australian registration to work in Victoria

Veterinary practitioners with current registration in another Australian State or Territory sometimes come to Victoria to work temporarily. If your principal place of residence is in another State or Territory, the Victorian Board recognises your interstate right to practise as giving you the right to practise in Victoria. You would not have to apply for registration in Victoria as long as you continued to live in the State or Territory and your registration there remained active. The law covering these circumstances is section 3A of the Victorian Veterinary Practice Act 1997. The general term for the right to practise in Victoria with an interstate right to practise is "national recognition of veterinary registration".

However, if you relocate so your principal place of residence is in Victoria, you would have to apply for registration in Victoria before your registration in the other State or Territory expired. This is required under section 4(1A) of the Victorian Veterinary Practice Act 1997.

Note to international vets including from New Zealand: Recognition of interstate veterinary registration does not extend to people registered in other countries. If you are working as a veterinary practitioner in another country, you cannot come here and immediately start working without first registering in Victoria. Vets from New Zealand, UK and the US will likely have degrees that are recognised for registration in Victoria, but they must apply for registration in Victoria if their principal place of residence will be in Victoria and they want to practise here.