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Premises Registration

The Veterinary Practice Act 2018 (the Act) will commence on 21 December 2018. Section 72 of the Act requires that all veterinary premises in the ACT must be approved for use by the ACT Veterinary Practitioners Board (the Board) annually.

The formal premises registration process, along with fees and premises inspections, will not commence until the 2019‑2020 financial year. However, to avoid a breach upon commencement of the Act all veterinary premises are required to apply for provisional registration between 21 December 2019 and 30 June 2019.

Do I need to register my veterinary premises?

Any veterinary premises to be used for the provision of veterinary services must be registered. Types of veterinary premises that must apply for registration are:

  • Mobile veterinary clinic - means a vehicle, including a trailer, that may be moved from one location to another, and is modified to operate as a veterinary clinic;
  • Mobile veterinary hospital - means a vehicle, including a trailer, that may be moved from one location to another, and is modified to operate as a veterinary hospital;
  • Veterinary clinic - means premises where a restricted act of veterinary science, including major veterinary surgery, may be carried out;

Veterinary consulting room - means premises where a restricted act of veterinary science (other than major veterinary surgery or emergency care) may be carried out;

  • Veterinary hospital - means premises where a restricted act of veterinary science, including major veterinary surgery and emergency care, may be carried out, and a higher level of diagnostic facilities than are available at a veterinary clinic is provided.

When do I have to register my premises?

You can apply for provisional registration now for commencement of the Act on 21 December 2018. Please submit your applications by Wednesday, 5 December 2018 to allow for assessment prior to the commencement date.

Does my veterinary premises need to undergo an inspection for approval?

From 1 July 2019, all premises will undergo inspections by the Board every four years to ensure compliance with the minimum acceptable requirements for veterinary premises, as set out in the Veterinary Premises Standards (currently out for consultation).

For the purposes of provisional registration from 21 December 2018 – 30 June 2019, inspections are not a requirement of registration and we ask that you complete a self-assessment checklist.

How do I register my premises?

Complete the following forms

Application to Register Veterinary Premise (PDF 194KB)
Application to Register Veterinary Premise (Word 3MB)

Self-Assessment Checklist form (PDF 256 KB)
Self-Assessment Checklist form (Word 3MB)

and forward to the Board at TCCS.vetboard@act.gov.au or to postal address:

Executive Officer
ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board
GPO Box 158
CANBERRA  ACT  2601

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