National Recognition of Veterinary Registration

Amendments to the Veterinary Practice Act 2003 (the Act) came into operation on 1 January 2015.

The principal amendment introduced national recognition of veterinary registration in South Australia.

As a result of this amendment, a veterinary surgeon who is registered in an interstate jurisdiction is able to practise in South Australia without needing to register in this State providing that his/her principal place of residence remains in the interstate jurisdiction in which he is registered.

Section 38(2) of the Act provides that "principal place of residence includes any jurisdiction which was, in the last 3 months, the person's principal place of residence".

A veterinary surgeon who is practising in South Australia under interstate registration is required to hold professional indemnity insurance in accordance with the Board's requirements (see below).

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Section 44(1) of the Act provides:

A veterinary surgeon must not, unless exempted by the Board, provide veterinary treatment for fee or reward unless insured in a manner and to an extent approved by the Board against civil liabilities that might be incurred by him or her in the course of providing veterinary treatment.

Maximum penalty: $10,000

All veterinary surgeons providing veterinary treatment for fee or reward in South Australia (including those practising under interstate registration) must ensure that they are covered by a professional indemnity insurance policy which meets the Board's requirements unless they have been granted an exemption from this requirement by the Board.

Professional indemnity insurance requirements

Categories of Registration

Registration under the Act is available in the following categories:

  • General Registration - registration on the general register
  • Limited Registration - registration on the general register subject to one or more conditions (for reasons as prescribed by section 32(2) of the Act)
  • Specialist Registration - registration on the specialist register

Eligibility for Registration

To be eligible for registration on the general register, applicants must have qualifications which are recognised by the Board as providing a holder with eligibility to apply for registration as a veterinary surgeon in Australia.

For information regarding recognised qualifications please contact [email protected]

If an applicant's qualifications are not recognised in Australia, the applicant must pass the National Veterinary Exam (NVE) conducted by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Incorporated (AVBC). Further information regarding the NVE can be found on AVBC's website:

Renewal of Registration

The Act requires that every registrant shall, in each calendar year, by 31 December, pay to the Board, the prescribed annual practice fee for the following year and lodge an annual return in respect of the preceding calendar year including information relating to the continuing professional development (CPD) activity. The Board may remove from the register(s) a person who fails to comply with these requirements.

Change of Contact Details

All registrants must inform the Board in writing of any change to their name or address within 3 months of the change. Please do so by email to [email protected] or by letter addressed to the Registrar.

Registrants are also asked to advise any change to their email address.


Fees for the 2020/21 financial year: Scale of VSBSA fees

Applications for Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon in South Australia

Application forms for registration can be downloaded from the 'Forms' webpage.