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Registration information

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Qualifications
Restoration to register
Veterinary specialist
Overseas graduates with non-accredited qualifications
Approval for non–registered veterinarians to perform certain acts of veterinary science under direction
How to apply
Veterinary Surgeons must provide contact information and emergency contact details
Annual renewal of registration
National Recognition of Veterinary Registration
Limits of registration
Fees

Qualifications

A person is entitled to be registered as a veterinary surgeon in Queensland if the person is of good fame and character and is the holder of a recognised veterinary degree.

Good fame and character is demonstrated immediately after graduation by provision of certificates of good fame and character and thereafter by certificates of good standing from the veterinary boards of states or countries from where the person was last registered.

The veterinary qualifications recognised as entitling the holder to registration in Australia and New Zealand without further examination are determined by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC), of which the Queensland Board is a member.  The list of recognised qualifications is published on the AVBC Inc website www.avbc.asn.au\skills.htm.

Persons possessing a degree from other veterinary institutions throughout the world must successfully complete the National Veterinary Examination (NVE) conducted by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc before they are eligible for registration.  The NVE consists of an occupational English test if required, and a written and clinical examination.  Successful completion of the NVE indicates the certificate holder has skills and knowledge equivalent to that of a graduate of an Australian Veterinary School.

Restoration to register

Veterinarians who have been removed from the Register of Veterinary Surgeons at their own request or due to non-payment of the annual registration renewal fee may make application for restoration of their name to the Register.

Veterinary specialist

A veterinarian is entitled to be registered as a veterinary specialist if the person satisfies the Board that:

  1. the person has gained special skill in the veterinary specialty with respect to which the person applies to be registered;
  2. the special skill was gained in practising veterinary science for a period of at least five years;
  3. the person is the holder of a recognised qualification that relates to that specialty.

The certifying bodies that set the standards acceptable for specialist registration are:

The Australian College of Veterinary Scientists
The American Board of Veterinary Specialties
The European Board of Veterinary Specialisation
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

A list of recognised specialist categories and the applicable qualification is shown as Annex A in the Specialist Registration Information Booklet.

It is an offence for a person who is not a registered veterinary specialist to use a title that consists of, or includes the words ‘veterinary specialist’, or an abbreviation of the words or another title or name suggesting in the context used that the person is a specialist (ie special interest in, consultant).

Specialists who have been removed from the Register of Veterinary Specialists may make application for restoration of their name to the Register.

Overseas graduates with non-accredited qualifications

Overseas veterinarians with qualifications that are not accredited for the purposes of registration in Australia may apply for candidacy of the National Veterinary Examination (NVE) conducted by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC).  Follow the link to the AVBC website.  www.avbc.asn.au

Approval for non–registered veterinarians to perform certain acts of veterinary science under direction

The Board may grant approval for a person to perform certain acts of veterinary science under the direction of a registered veterinarian. Approval may be considered in circumstances where the person must comply with further requirements before the person’s qualifications can be recognised as entitling the holder to registration in the State.

Consideration of approvals will be restricted to the following applicants:

Graduate veterinarians with overseas qualifications not recognised as entitling the holder to registration in Australia without further examination:

(i) who have successfully completed the Preliminary Examination (MCQ) component of the National Veterinary Examination (NVE) conducted by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc. (AVBC) and have been formally accepted as a candidate for the Final Examination (Clinical); or

(ii) who are required to undertake practical training as part of a formal course of study leading to attainment of a further qualification that is recognised in Australia as entitling the holder to registration as a veterinary surgeon or veterinary specialist.

How to apply

Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon/Veterinary Specialist
Restoration to Register

Contact the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland for details of forms, documentation and payment required. The requirement for submission of original witnessed documents and accompanying documentation prevents on-line application.

Accompanying documentation must always include a certified copy of photograph identification endorsed 'This is a true photograph of (FULL Name)', endorsed by either

(i) a Commissioner of Declarations, Justice of Peace, Public Notary; or

(ii) a registered veterinary surgeon (requires the veterinary surgeon's signature, place of registration, registration number)

A letter confirming the applicant's good standing with the veterinary registration authority of current registration must be forwarded direct to the Queensland Veterinary Surgeons Board from that authority.

If not currently registered elsewhere, a minimum of two certificates attesting as to the applicant's good fame and character from persons who have known the applicant in a supervisory capacity for no less than twelve months must be provided.


Veterinary Surgeons must provide contact information and emergency contact details


Veterinary surgeons are required to provide their contact information and emergency contact details (for the purpose of controlling, eradicating or preventing the spread of diseases and declared pests) to the VSBQ.


What does contact information and emergency contact details entail?


Contact information includes the veterinary surgeon's or applicant's business address, postal address, residential address and emergency contact details. Emergency contact details includes a telephone number and email address at which the veterinary surgeon or applicant may be contacted immediately, during or outside of ordinary business hours for the purpose mentioned in section 29C of the Act. This information could include the after hours contact details of the veterinary practice or the after hours paging or answering service for the veterinary practice.


Why are emergency contact details required?


If a biosecurity emergency occurs in Queensland it may be vital for government to contact veterinary surgeons to provide information about controlling, eradicating or preventing the spread of exotic or other diseases or declared pests.


Who would be given access to the emergency contact details?


Access to emergency contact details is constrained to the chief executive and chief executives of other State Government departments only for the purpose of providing information about controlling, eradicating or preventing the spread of exotic or other diseases or declared pests. It would be a breach of the legislation should a chief executive use emergency contact details for other purposes.


How will veterinary surgeons provide their contact information and emergency contact details?


The registration renewal form includes fields for recording contact information and emergency contact details. The application for registration form also collects this information. The legislation also requires that if a registered veterinary surgeon's contact details or emergency contact details change, they must notify the VSBQ within 21 days of the details changing.

Annual renewal of registration

It is the responsibility of all veterinarians to renew their registration annually.  A registration renewal notice will be forwarded to veterinarians at their nominated postal and email address.  The Board's statutory responsibility is to remove from the Register the name of any person who has not renewed registration before 31 January in each year.  It is not responsible for locating that person before doing so.

Veterinarians will receive mailings from the Board as deemed necessary.  Circulars addressing important issues and annual notice for renewal of registration (posted late November/early December) will be forwarded to the last nominated postal and email address given to the Board.

It is essential that the Board be notified immediately of any change in business, private, email or postal address. Changes to emergency contact details must also be notified within 21 days.

Renew your registration online or download a renewal form and lodge your renewal manually.

National Recognition of Veterinary Registration

Queensland participates in the NRVR scheme. Veterinary surgeons who have ‘primary’ registration in other Australian jurisdictions are able to undertake locum work in Queensland without having to register.

Not all jurisdictions participate in this scheme; veterinarians wishing to work in other jurisdictions should first contact the appropriate veterinary board to enquire about their eligibility to practice.

Links have been established with the individual veterinary boards of Australia and New Zealand, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the South African Veterinary Council

Fees

Refer to the Schedule of Fees.