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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.

Changes under the Veterinary Practice Act 2018

The Veterinary Practice Act 2018 commences on 21 December 2018. Find out how this might affect you by visiting the ‘Introduction to the Veterinary Practice Act 2018' page.


The Board is seeking expressions of interest for two vacancies by Wednesday, 5 December 2018. More information on the Recruitment page.

Provisional Premises Registration

The Veterinary Practice Act 2018 will commence on 21 December 2018. All veterinary premises in the ACT must apply for provisional premises registration by Wednesday, 5 December 2018. More information on the Premises Registration page.

Notice to veterinary students graduating in 2018

This information applies to you if you anticipate graduating in 2018 and intend to work as a veterinary practitioner in the ACT. Notice to veterinary students graduating in 2018

Consultation on implementation of the Veterinary Practice Act 2018

Following consultation with the veterinary profession and community in late 2017, the Veterinary Practice Act 2018 (the Act) was passed through the ACT Legislative Assembly on 23 August 2018. We appreciate your engagement and contributions to this important piece of work.

Next Steps

The Act is due to commence on 21 December 2018. Before this can happen the ACT veterinary profession and stakeholders are invited to submit comments and feedback on the Veterinary Practice Regulation 2018, Premises Standards and Practitioners Code of Professional Conduct. Your feedback and comments by 30 November 2018 will help us to effectively implement the Act. For information on the Consultation.

Board functions

The ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board is currently 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 counselling, 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
  • A/g Manager, Boards - Ms Vilma Bell
  • A/g Business Coordinator - Ms Coral Watson

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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