Vet schools


Professional associations

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is the professional organisation that represents veterinarians across Australia. The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is the membership association representing New Zealand veterinarians.

The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) is a membership organisation for veterinarians who have developed particular expertise in a nominated subject area. To become a Member of the College a candidate must have at least four years’ postgraduate experience as a veterinarian and have successfully completed both written and oral/practical examinations. College Fellowship is associated with scholarly and technical excellence at a level even higher than that of a Member. Standards required for training and examination in Fellowship subjects meet or exceed the prerequisites for registration as a Veterinary Specialist in Australia and/or New Zealand.


Registration Boards

Each state and territory of Australia, as well as New Zealand, has a Board responsible for registering veterinary practitioners (including specialists), licensing veterinary hospitals and investigating complaints about the practice of veterinary science in their jurisdiction. The respective Boards are listed below.

The registration boards of Australia and New Zealand work together through the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC).