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National Recognition

National Recognition of Veterinary Registration (NRVR)

Registration as a veterinary surgeon in some Australian States and Territories is recognised under NRVR principles if they hold equivalent registration with a professional board in a different Australian jurisdiction. NRVR applies only in States and Territories that recognise national registration through local legislation.

NRVR is not recognised in the ACT under current legislation, however the Veterinary Practice Act 2018 commences on 21 December 2018 which will allow the introduction of NRVR. Registration will be based on your primary residence and veterinarians who are registered in another jurisdiction in Australia will be able to practise in the ACT as deemed registrants.

For example, a veterinary practitioner whose primary place of residence is in NSW but commutes to the ACT to practise and holds a current registration in NSW will have deemed registration when working in the ACT.

If you are considering moving, you must apply for registration with the ACT Surgeons Board within three months of the ACT becoming your primary place of residence.

NRVR does not come into place until 21 December 2018. If you intend to begin work in the ACT prior to that you need to apply for registration in the ACT. Information about registering as a Veterinary Surgeon in the ACT is available from the registration page.

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