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Use of premises as veterinary premises

Veterinary Surgeons Board Approval Application Pack

(Veterinary Premises means premises approved for use as veterinary premises under Part 4A of the Queensland Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936)

Applying For Approval

Section 25A of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936  provides that a person must apply to the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland (the Board) for approval to use premises as veterinary premises.  The application must be in the approved form and be supported by enough information to enable the Board to decide the application, and be accompanied by the prescribed fee and forwarded to:

The Registrar

Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland
GPO Box 46

Further information on completing the submission form can be obtained by contacting the Registrar on telephone +61 7 3087 8777 or email

The submission is designed to be a self assessment document to ensure planning for proposed veterinary premises addresses in entirety the uniform minimum standards of veterinary premises applied across the state for the purpose of consumer and animal welfare protection.  The premises will not be formally approved for use as veterinary premises until such approval is advised in writing by the Board.  However, construction/development need not be delayed pending formal approval if the submission self assessment shows that the premises will meet the required standards.

Note:  A copy of the completed submission form should be retained by the applicant.  A change of ownership will necessitate the purchaser providing a statement to the Board as to the premises' current conformity with the standards.  If satisfied with the statement the Board will issue a further approval in the name of the purchaser.

Veterinary house call and large animal practices

All veterinarians wishing to conduct a house call or a large animal practice must make written application to the Board addressing each of the applicable standards.

All acts of veterinary science must be performed under conditions where their performance could not be construed to be negligent or incompetent under Section 22F of the Act (professional misconduct).

It is incumbent on the Board to document minimum standards which must be maintained by veterinarians conducting veterinary practice at the premises of clients to ensure the competency and professionalism of the services provided.

Particular note should be taken of standard number 6 - limits of practice, and standard number 12 - practices based in established veterinary premises.

Application to Conduct a Veterinary House Call Practice

Application to Conduct a Large Animal Practice