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Veterinary Surgeons Board

The ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board (the Board) is a statutory body established to regulate veterinary practice in the public interest.

The main aim of the Board is to protect the public and promote animal welfare through registration of suitably qualified veterinary surgeons and veterinary specialists, and the monitoring of the best practice standards and conduct of the profession. The Board ensures that the provisions of the legislative framework regulating the veterinary profession is administered in a fair and equitable manner.

Veterinary Practice Bill 2018

The Veterinary Practice Bill 2018 (the Bill) was presented to the ACT Legislative Assembly on 10 May 2018 to improve the efficiency and administrative functions of the ACT’s veterinary legislation. On Thursday 23 August 2018 the Bill was debated and passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly. The Bill will commence on a date determined by the Minister for City Services, Mr Chris Steel, in late 2018. Information on the commencement will be provided to all veterinary surgeons prior to commencement and will outline any impacts.

The Bill can be seen on the ACT Legislation Register through the following link:

Consultation on the Bill

Consultation on the proposed Bill was carried out with the veterinary profession and the community from 24 October 2017 to 8 December 2017, with detailed information on the Bill being provided via the ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board’s website. Comments and feedback was invited from the community and the veterinary profession.

In November 2017 the Veterinary Surgeons Board also hosted a face-to-face consultation session that was open to all veterinary practitioners and the community, to discuss the proposed Bill.

We thank you and appreciate the time you’ve taken to send us your comments which have been considered in the development of the Bill.

The Consultation Outcomes Report is now available (PDF 444KB).

Veterinary Surgeons Act 2015

The Veterinary Surgeons Act 2015 and the Veterinary Surgeons Regulation 2015 commenced on 1 December 2015. The new Act and Regulation provides specific legislation for the veterinary profession in the ACT. The new Act and Legislation can be found the ACT Legislation Register.

Board functions

The ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board is governed by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 2015. It is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, which has its powers prescribed by the Act.

The Veterinary Surgeons Board provides relevant, accurate, and timely advice and assistance to the public and practitioners on matters relevant to the profession.

The Veterinary Surgeons Board is comprised of six registered veterinary surgeons, and one community representative, four appointed by the ACT Minister for Transport and City Services and three elected by veterinary surgeons registered in the ACT through an election process.

The Board is responsible for administering the provisions of the Act. The Board registers suitably qualified veterinary surgeons and veterinary specialists to enable them to practice in the ACT. The Board is also responsible for the consideration of complaints against registered veterinary surgeons or specialists and general monitoring of the conduct of the profession in the ACT.

The Board is empowered to take disciplinary action against veterinary surgeons who may be in breach of certain provisions of the Act. The Act requires that the Board convene a professional standard or personal assessment panel in accordance with the Act before imposing any disciplinary measures, such as: cautioning or reprimanding the veterinary surgeon, ordering that the registrant undergo medical or psychiatric treatment or counseling, or imposing conditions on the registration of the veterinary surgeon as considered appropriated by the Board.

The Board cannot suspend or cancel the registration of a veterinarian surgeon, but may apply to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) for such an order.

ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board

President - Dr Steven Roberts
Deputy President - Dr Allen Bryce


  • Dr Peter Gibbs
  • Dr Eloise Koelmeyer
  • Dr Melanie Latter

Community Representative - Ms Eileen Jerga, AM


  • Executive Officer – Ms Nikki Pulford
  • Business Coordinator – Ms Sarah Pau

View the ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board biographies (PDF 142KB) / Word version (DOC 63KB)

Meeting Dates

The Board meets on the last Friday of each month with the exception of December.

Contact details

Phone: 02 6207 0012
Executive Officer
ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601

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