Veterinary Surgeon Registration Applications
National Recognition of Veterinary Registration
Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon
Registration as a Veterinary Specialist
Registration Fees and Charges
Commissioners for Declarations
National Recognition of Veterinary Registration (NRVR) commenced in Tasmania on 12 December 2012.
Veterinary surgeons who currently hold primary registration and reside permanently in another Australian State or Territory are entitled to practise as a veterinary surgeon in Tasmania on a part-time/casual/locum basis without having to register with the Veterinary Board of Tasmania.
NRVR applies equally to veterinary surgeons with specialist registration.
Conditions and limitations placed on any 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, non-practising or honorary registrations issued by another Australian Veterinary Board.
The category of ‘secondary registration’ no longer exists in Tasmania.
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.
- The Application form and statutory declaration must be completed.
- The application fee and pro-rata annual fee as per the fee schedule should be paid (by direct deposit or by cheque) at the time the application is lodged. (see current list of fees).
- If registration is required urgently, i.e. within 10 business days of receipt of the application, then an additional temporary fast track fee of $70 is payable.
- Verification of your qualifications is necessary by:
- a certified* copy of your veterinary degree; OR
- a certified* copy of the NAVLE, PAVE, NVE, ECVFG certificate (if applicable); OR
- a certified* copy of current certificate of registration with another Australian Veterinary Board.
(Provisional registration applicants: the issuing University/body will supply a list of students/graduands about to graduate to the Registrar).
- A letter or certification of good standing is to be provided on behalf of all applicants currently registered by another authority.
- Proof of identify is required – for example, a certified* copy of a current drivers licence or passport.
- If the applicant is not a new graduate, but is not currently registered with another board, a statement setting out the applicant’s work history and reason for non- registration is to be provided.
- The original application must be posted to the Board but copies may also be faxed or scanned and emailed if the application is urgent.
- As the Board usually only meets quarterly, temporary registration under s20 of the Act may be granted until the 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.
- The registration year runs from 1 January until 31 December.
*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.
Application Form for registration:
This is a Portable Document Format (PDF) file and requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Reader is easy to download and is free of charge.
Graduands, who have completed their veterinary science courses but have yet to graduate formally or receive their certificate of completion, 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 instructions for registration and use 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.) A certified copy of the degree or certificate must be forwarded to the Registrar in due course.
Guidance for the registration of Veterinary Specialists including the categories of specialist.
- Those veterinary surgeons not holding Specialist Registration in another State or Territory of Australia should apply to the Registrar to obtain the current instructions and forms.
- Those holding Specialist Registration in another State or Territory who intend to reside and practice in Tasmania, should apply using the Registration Application procedure and forms, but with the additional requirement 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 fees payable are the fees for registration as a veterinary surgeon plus the application fee for a registration as a veterinary specialist.
- The specialist categories current recognised under the Veterinary Surgeons Act are:
- anaesthesiology and intensive care
- avian medicine
- bovine medicine
- equine medicine
- small animal medicine
- animal behaviour
Fees for the registration of veterinary surgeons and veterinary specialists. Registration fees are exempt from GST. Also included are charges for 'Letters of Good Standing' and copies of the Veterinary Register.
|Annual registration fee (renewal) 2013 – due by 31 January |
|New /Provisional Registration|
Pro-rata annual fee
|1 January – 31 March|
|1 April – 30 June|
|1 July - 30 September|
|1 October – 31 December|
|Temporary Registration Fast track fee in addition to new/provisional registration fees|
(payable if registration required within 10 business days of receipt of application)
|Specialist Registration Application fee (must also be registered as a veterinary surgeon) |
|Application for exemption under s13|
*Charge includes GST
|Letter of Good Standing|
|Veterinary Register – Printed or Electronic copy|
|Late fee (in additional to annual renewal fee)|
Payment may be made by direct deposit to the Board’s account:
Commonwealth Bank BSB 067 008 A/C No 28000964
Please use your surname as a reference.
If using this facility please provide evidence of payment with your application.
Payment may also be made by cheque payable to the Veterinary Board of Tasmania.
The declaration on the application forms must be witnessed and countersigned by a JP or a Commissioner for Declarations. A list of some persons who are Commissioners is provided below.
Commissioners for Declarations are detailed in the Oaths Act 2001. Persons within certain professions or employment groupings are automatically ex officio Commissioners for Declarations. The employment groupings are identical to those in similar Commonwealth legislation.
Some of those Commissioners for Declarations are:
Employment Groups (examples) -
· Agent of the Australian Postal Corporation - officer in charge
· Bank, Building Society, or Credit Union officer - 5 years or more continuous service
· Member of the Australian Defence Forces - Officer, NCO (5+ yrs continuous service) Warrant Officer)
· Member of:
· Member of a:
Institute of Chartered Accountants
Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants
National Institute of Accountants
Institute of Corporate Managers, Secretaries and Administrators
Institute of Engineers, Australia (not student grade)
· Permanent employee of:
Parliament of the Commonwealth
Parliament of a State, or a Territory legislature
Local Government Authority
· Police officer
the Commonwealth, or a Commonwealth Authority,
a State or Territory, or a State or Territory Authority,
a Local Government Authority,
with 5+ years of continuous service
· Teacher employed on a full-time basis at a school or tertiary education institution.