Apply for Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon

​Application for Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon​

1.​ Complete the Application form and statutory declaration:Logo of the Veterinary Board of Tasmania.

  Veterinary Surgeon Full Application   (292Kb)

2. Verification of your qualifications is necessary by:
  • an e-Quals link is preferred; or
  • a certified* copy of your veterinary degree; and
  • if applicable, a certified* copy of the NAVLE, PAVE, NVE, ECVFG certificate; 
3. Proof of identify is required - for example, a certified* copy of a current drivers licence or passport.

4. A letter of good standing is to be provided by the relevant Registration Board on behalf of all applicants currently or previously registered by another authority.

Documents may be emailed directly to the Registrar at as a PDF. Copies must be of high quality.

If you are not a new graduate, but are not currently registered with another board, a statement setting out your work history and reason for non- registration is to be provided.

Once your application form is received, you will be invoiced for the application fee and pro-rata annual fee as per the fee schedule (below). This must be paid before your application is processed.

For urgent registration, i.e. within 10 business days of receipt of the application, then an additional temporary fast track fee is payable.

As the Board usually only meets quarterly, temporary registration under s20 of the Act may be granted until your application can be considered by the Board. Approval of your (temporary) registration will be notified soon after the receipt of completed application forms and the appropriate application fee.

*Certified by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations to the effect that the copy is a true copy of the original degree/certificate/document which has been sighted. See below for a list of employment groups who are ex officio Commissioner for Declarations.

Provisional Registration - Graduands

If you have completed your veterinary science course but have yet to graduate formally or receive your certificate of completion, you may apply to the Board for provisional registration. Provisional registration lasts for up to 6 months and may be converted to registration as a veterinary surgeon once the degree or certificate has been conferred.

Follow the steps for Application for Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon, using the application form for a veterinary surgeon, but mark the application as a provisional registration.

The application may be lodged in anticipation of completion and graduation, but will not be processed until the University provides the Board with the list of graduands. (This usually occurs in December and July as required.)

Verification of your qualifications must be forwarded to the Registrar in due course in order to convert your provisional registration.

​​Application for Registration as a Veterinary Specialist

Application for assessment of your eligibility for registration as a veterinary specialist is undertaken by the Advisory Committee on the Registration of Veterinary Specialists (ACRVS), which is a committee of the Austral​​​​as​ian Veter​​inary Boards Council Inc.

The ACRVS conducts assessments of an applicant’s specialist qualifications, training and experience on behalf of its member veterinary registration boards in Australia and New Zealand.

Before applying to the ACRVS you must meet certain eligibility requirements. All applications for assessment of eligibility for registration as a veterinary specialist, together with the supporting documentation must be emailed directly to the AVBC at

There are fees payable for assessment for specialist registration – see the AVBC Veterinary Specialist Assessment webpage.

On completion of the ACRVS assessment, the AVBC will notify you and the Veterinary Board of Tasmania of its recommendation on your eligibility for specialist registration.

The final decision on specialist endorsement and registration is made by the Veterinary Board of Tasmania.

For more information please go to the AVBC Vete​​rinary​ Special​​​​ist A​ssessment webpage​​​.

Those holding Specialist Registration in another State or Territory who intend to reside and practise in Tasmania should:
    • apply for registration as a veterinary surgeon using the Veterinary Surgeon Full Application form;
    • indicate that they are applying also for registration as a veterinary specialist;
    • attach certified copies of their additional qualifications; and
    • ensure that the Letter of Good Standing from the jurisdiction in which the Specialist Registration is granted, recognises the status of Specialist, the category of speciality, and the original date of granting Specialist Registration.
The VBT fees payable are the fees for registration as a veterinary surgeon plus the application fee for a registration as a veterinary specialist.

National Recognition of Veterinary Registration (NRVR)​

National Recognition of Veterinary Registration (NRVR) commenced in Tasmania on 12 December 2012.

Veterinary surgeons who are currently registered with another Australian registration board and reside permanently in another Australian State or Territory are entitled to practise as a veterinary surgeon in Tasmania on a short term/locum basis without having to register with the Veterinary Board of Tasmania. NRVR applies equally to veterinary surgeons with specialist registration.

Conditions placed on any ‘full’ or ‘primary’ registration by another Australian Veterinary Board will apply to the veterinary surgeon when they practise in Tasmania under NRVR.

NRVR does NOT extend to temporary, limited, specific, non-practising or honorary registrations issued by another Australian Veterinary Board.

When does an interstate vet need to apply for registration in Tasmania?
Once an interstate registered vet takes up permanent residence in Tasmania, they are required to apply for registration with the Veterinary Board of Tasmania. In practical terms, if an interstate registered vet moves to a permanent or ongoing position in Tasmania, they can commence working immediately in Tasmania under NRVR, but must lodge their application for registration with the Board as soon as practicable.

Annual Renewal of Registration

To remain registered the Board requires that you pay the Annual Registration Fee by 30 June each year. Vets who do not wish to remain registered should voluntarily remove themselves from the register by advising the registrar in writing.

Registration renewal invoices are sent to all registered veterinary surgeons in May via email. It is important to ensure that your contact details are up to date. Late payment may incur a late fee.

Registration Fees and Charges for Financial Year 2021-2022

In addition to the annual (pro-rata) registration fee, application fees are also payable for any new veterinary, specialist or provisional registration.

The VBT registration year aligns with the financial year, from 1 July to the following 30 June.
All registration renewal fees are due by 30 June of each year.  

All fees and charges are exempt from GST.

Annual Renewal fee: Due 30 June 2021 - $412.​​
Application Fees​​​
S18 Registration Application fee
For veterinary surgeons applying for Tasmanian registration.​
​​S19 Provisional Registration Application fee
For new graduates yet to receive their certificate.
​​Specialist Registration Application fee
​Must also be registered as a veterinary surgeon.

​Registration Fees
​​Date of App​lication / Period of Registration​
Pro-rata annual fee $
Apply 1 July to 30 Sept / (12 mth reg'n to 30/6/22)
​​Apply 1 Oct to 31 Dec / (9 mth reg'n to 30/6/22)
Apply 1 Jan to 31 Mar / (6 mth reg'n to 30/6/22)
Apply 1 Apr to 30 June / (3 mth reg'n to 30/6/22)​​
Temporary Registration Fast Track Fee
Payable in addition to the new/provisional registration fee if registration is required within 10 business days of application.

Application for Exemption (s13) (annual)
Reg. 5(2) Application for approval AVE candidate
Late fee - (in addition to annual renewal of registration fee)
​​Service Charges
Letter of Good (Professional) Standing (LOGS)
Veterinary Register - Printed or Electronic copy
Follow up inspection fee


You will generally receive an electronic invoice for any fees or services payable to the Veterinary Board of Tasmania. If paying by direct deposit to the Board's account please include the invoice number and your surname as a reference:

Commonwealth Bank BSB: 067 008   A/c No: 2800 0964

​For overseas payers: BIC/SWIFT Code: CTBAAU2S​

Commissioners for Declarations

The declaration on the application forms must be witnessed and countersigned by a JP or a Commissioner for Declarations. A list of some persons who are Commissioners is provided below.

Commissioners for Declarations are detailed in the Oaths Act 2001. Persons within certain professions or employment groupings are automatically ex officio Commissioners for Declarations. The employment groupings are identical to those in similar Commonwealth legislation.

Some of those Commissioners for Declarations are:

  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Legal practitioner
  • Medical practitioner
  • Nurse
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Police officer
  • Teacher (employed on a full-time basis at a school or tertiary education institution)
Employment Groups (examples):
  • Agent of the Australian Postal Corporation - officer in charge
  • Bank, Building Society, or Credit Union officer - 5 years or more continuous service
  • Member of the Australian Defence Forces - Officer, NCO (5+ yrs continuous service) Warrant Officer
Member of:
      • Institute of Chartered Accountants
      • Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants
      • National Institute of Accountants
      • Institute of Corporate Managers, Secretaries and Administrators
      • Institute of Engineers, Australia (not student grade)
Member of a:
      • Parliament of the Commonwealth
      • Parliament of a State, or a Territory legislature
      • Local Government Authority
Permanent employee of:
      • the Commonwealth, or a Commonwealth Authority
      • a State or Territory, or a State or Territory Authority
      • a Local Government Authority with 5+ years of continuous service

For further information:​


Veterinary Board of Tasmania
PO Box 909
Sandy Bay TAS 7006
Phone: 0400 848 661