Required qualifications

Veterinary surgeon registration

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\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.

Veterinary specialist registration

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.

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.