Apply for Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon

​​​Application for Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon​

Logo of the Veterinary Board of Tasmania.

  1. ​Complete the Application form and statutory declaration:

     Veterinary Surgeon Full Application (PDF 292Kb)

  2. Verification of your qualifications is necessary by:
    an e-Quals link is preferred
    - a certified* copy of your veterinary degree
    - 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

  • 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)​​

​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 2023-2024​​​​

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.  ​

For new applications for registration, in addition to the annual (pro-rata) registration fee, a one-off application fee is also payable.



Application for exemption under section 13



Application for registration under section 18 as a veterinary surgeon (plus pro-rata of initial registration fee under s21A)



Application for registration under section 18 as a veterinary specialist (must be registered as a veterinary surgeon)



Application for provisional registration under section 19 (plus pro-rata of initial registration fee under s21A)



Temporary registration under section 20  - Fast track fee (out of ​session fast track fee only payable if registration required within 10 business days of application)



Initial registration fee under section 21A– 

(a)   Full year


(b)  Three quarters of year


(c)  Second half of year


(d)  Final quarter of year



Annual registration fee under section 22 (renewal)



Late fee (in addition to renewal fee) section 22(1A)



Application for approval under reg. 5(2) AVE candidate exemption



Veterinary Services Entity notification administration fee (3.2, 3.4, 3.5)



Veterinary Services Entity notification administration fee (3.1, 3.3)



Letter of Good Standing (LOGS)



Copy of Register



Follow up inspection



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. For help finding a JP or Commissioner for Declarations in Tasmania visit the Department of Justice website.


Veterinary Board of Tasmania

PO Box 909,
Sandy Bay, TAS, 7006.