Annual Practising Certificates

All practising veterinarians need to be registered and have a current practising certificate.
APC applications for the year ending 31 March 2019
You'll be able to apply online as from 7 February. We'll email your registration number, password, and a link to the application form to you on 7 February. Contact us if you haven't received our email by 8 February.
If you intend to practise between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 you'll need to be registered and have a current practising certificate.
If you’re not already registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand, click here.
You need to apply by 31 March 2018 to be able to practise legally on 1 April.
The fee for renewing your practising certificate for the 2018/19 year is $559, but we’ll discount this to $533 if we receive your application and payment by 28 February.
The fee for a non-practising status on the Register is $18.
Online application process during February and March
The online application process is only available during the bulk APC renewal round which starts in early February. If you're applying after 31 March you'll need to contact us.
Before starting your online application make sure

  • you have your credit card or bank account details handy
  • you've received our email with your registration number and password (see above)
  • you've checked you comply with the Minimum Practising Standards (MPS) checklists here - only if you're in clinical practice

Online applications can only be paid by Credit Card or Bank Transfer (Direct Credit).
The website works best if your browser is at least IE 9 or Google Chrome. If you're using an older browser you can still apply online, but the experience may not be as user-friendly.
The online system will save the information you enter on each screen when you click on the 'Save and Continue' button. This means that you can exit at any time and return later. Your application and any changes you make to current details won't be sent to us until complete the application including paying the fee (if required). It may take 2 – 3 days before any changes to your contact details show on the online Register of Veterinarians.
Has your 2018 - 19 APC fee been paid by your employer?
If your APC fee has already been paid by your employer please apply for your APC online. You won't be asked to pay again.
For further information see 2018/19 Guidance notes on applying for a practising certificate.
28 February 2018 deadline for discounted fee.
Your application and payment must be received by 28 February 2018 to qualify for the early discounted fee of $533. If you pay after that date you will need to pay the full fee of $559 by 31 March 2018.
Annual Practising Certificate (APC) applications for the year ending 31 March 2018
The current practising year ends on 31 March 2018. If you wish to practise between now and 31 March and don't already hold a practising certificate, you need to apply for one. To apply please download and complete the 2017 -18 Practising Certificate application form and send it to us with the fee.
NB only use this form if you’re applying for a practising certificate for the remainder of the current practising year ending on 31 March 2018.
We suggest that you also read the 2017 -18 Guidance notes on applying for a practising certificate.
The practising certificate fee is $197.75 for the period 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2018.
If you're not already registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand, click here.  
Important points

  • It is your professional responsibility to renew your practising certificate, ie not the responsibility of your employer, or of members of your staff,
  • An application for an APC isn't complete until we've received a complete application including the fee (see the Fees and Payment Section of the Guidance Notes).
  • We email tax receipts within 5 days of payment.
  • If you apply for an APC after your current certificate expires on 31 March 2018, you'll need to wait until we've issued a practising certificate for the 2018/19 practising year before you can work as a veterinarian
  • Provided there aren't any issues needing follow-up, we'll email your Annual Practising Certificate within 5 days of receiving your complete application and fee.
  • If you don't intend to practise in 2018/19 please choose 1 of the non-practising options on the renewal form and send us your application, with the fee if this is needed.

Implications of Practising without an APC
As well as being illegal, practising without an APC can have very significant implications. For information about the possible consequences of practising illegally refer to the Guidance Notes.
If you have any questions when completing your application please contact us at: or phone 04 473 9600.
Definition of Practising
'Practice' is described as any aspect of veterinary endeavour. The practice of veterinary science is described as:

  • signing any certificate
  • prescribing
  • treating
  • reporting or giving advice in a veterinary capacity using the knowledge, skills and competence initially attained for the BVSc degree. 'Practice' goes wider in this context than clinical veterinary science to include regulatory and compliance functions, teaching, consultancy, advice and health and welfare management

A key question to ask when considering whether a current practising certificate is required, is: Does the position carry or convey the expectation that I am a veterinarian?
Definition of Non-Practising
The non-practising category is intended to allow veterinarians who are retired, overseas, taking time out, or working in areas where registration isn't needed, to keep their name on the register. Choosing the non-practising status and paying the annual register maintenance fee means that:

  • we keep your details on the public (non practising) Register of Veterinarians
  • we keep you current on Council and professional issues by sending regular Council publications and documents
  • we continue inviting you to apply for an APC or choose another practising status.

Retired from Practice
The retired category is for permanently retired veterinarians. This allows their details to remain on the public (non practising) Register at no cost. However, retired veterinarians who want us to send them Council communications need to pay the non practising fee of $18 (see above).
Recency of Practice
The Council must be satisfied that veterinarians meet the practising requirements of the Act which include recency of practice requirements.
Veterinarians are therefore required to seek Council approval in circumstances where they:

  • wish to resume veterinary practice after a break of 3 or more years; or
  • wish to start practice in New Zealand and haven't practised within 1 year of graduation, or within 1 year of passing an approved registration examination or assessment programme; or
  • they wish to start work in a field of veterinary activity they haven't ever practised in, or haven't practised in for 3 years or more

If any of these apply to you please send full details of your practising intentions, work history and CPD activities in a CV format.
See our Policy on Recency of Practice for detailed information and feel free to contact us for advice.