About the Board

The Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland (the Board) is a statutory authority established by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936 representing the State of Queensland and being part of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for the Financial Accountability Act 2009.  It has the sole legislative responsibility for the regulation of veterinary science in Queensland.

The statute acts as a means to ensure domestic and international consumer protection and animal welfare, in the delivery of veterinary services.

This is achieved by ensuring that the providers of veterinary services are suitably qualified and registered to practise veterinary science.

The Board is responsible for the registration of veterinarians and veterinary specialists and administers the disciplinary provisions of the Act in respect of professional misconduct by registrants and the performance of prohibited practices by non-registered persons.

Control over the standard of veterinary premises is also the responsibility of the Board.

Board meeting dates

  • 14 February 2020*
  • 20 March 2020
  • 24 April 2020*
  • 15 May 2020
  • 12 June 2020*
  • 17 July 2020
  • 21 August 2020*
  • 18 September 2020
  • 30 October 2020*
  • 13 November 2020
  • 18 December 2020*

*Tribunal dates


The Board consists of a chairperson, two (2) elected members and three (3) other persons nominated by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.  Five (5) members of the Board are required to be veterinarians.  All members, other than the chairperson, are appointed for a term of not more than three years.  The nominated member who is not a veterinarian is appointed to represent consumers on the Board.

The current Board representation is:

  • Chair — Senior Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
    Dr Fiona Thompson BVSc
  • Deputy Chair — Nominee of Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    Prof Nigel Perkins BVSc MS FANZCVS PhD
    School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland
  • Elected Members
    Adj Prof Philip Moses, BVSc CertSAO FANZCVS (Specialist in Surgery - Small Animal)
    Prof Margaret Reilly, BVSc MVS
  • Nominees for the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    Ms Eileen Thumpkin (Consumer Representative – Non Veterinarian)

    Dr David Thomson BVSc (General Practitioner)


The Board is administered by a staff of three:

  • Registrar
  • Deputy Registrar
  • Project Officer

All officers are non-veterinarian employees of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.