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Notice to graduates 2018

The following information applies to you if you anticipate graduating in 2018 and intend to work as a veterinary practitioner in the ACT.

Applications for veterinary registration in the ACT are considered by the ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board (the Board) at their next scheduled meeting. Applications should be received 10 days prior to a board meeting.

The last board meeting for this year will be held on Friday, 7 December 2018. The first Board meeting for 2019 will be held on Friday, 18 January. If necessary, you may apply for your application to be considered by the Board out of session. An additional fee applies for out of session consideration and the cost can be found on the Veterinary Surgeons (Fees) Determination 2017. Please note that it can take up to 10 days for applications to be considered out of session and that it is illegal to commence work as a veterinary practitioner before being registered.

Whilst you may not have received your graduation certificate prior to the next Board meeting, the Board can approve provisional registration based on notification of your results from the university. Such provisional registration lasts a maximum of 3 months so it is important to remember to send the Board a certified copy of your graduation certificate as soon as possible. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please contact the Board Secretariat on (02) 6207 0012 or

Further information that may affect you:

Graduates intending to begin working before 21 December 2018

New graduates intending to work as veterinary practitioners in the ACT prior 21 December 2018 are required to submit an Application for Registration – Initial form to the Board, as is normal practice.

Graduates intending to begin working on or after 21 December 2018

New legislation, the Veterinary Practice Act 2018 (the Act), commences on 21 December 2018. New graduates residing in the ACT and intending to begin work in the ACT on or after the 21 December 2018 should submit an Application for Registration – Initial to the Board.

Part 4 of the Act allows for the introduction of National Recognition of Veterinary Registration (NRVR). For example, veterinary graduates whose primary place of residence is in NSW, but who practise in the ACT and have been granted registration in NSW will be deemed to have registration in the ACT.

However, a veterinary practitioner must apply for registration in the ACT within three months after the ACT becomes their primary place of residence.

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