Annual Practising Certificates

 

All practising veterinarians 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.

Applying for your 2019/20 APC

To apply download the form below and read the Guidance Notes

2019/20 APC application

2019/20 Guidance notes on applying for a practising certificate 

Complete the application and email it to us at vet@vetcouncil.org.nz or post to PO Box 10563, Wellington, 6143 with the fee.

 

Important points

 
  • It’s your professional responsibility to renew your practising certificate, ie not the responsibility of your employer or 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 2019/20 Guidance notes on applying for a practising certificate
  • We email tax receipts within 5 days of payment.
  • If you apply for an APC after your current certificate expires on 31 March 2019, you’ll need to wait until we’ve issued a practising certificate for the 2019/20 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 2019/20 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 see
2019/20 Guidance notes on applying for a practising certificate

 
If you have any questions when completing your application please contact us at: vet@vetcouncil.org.nz 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 yourself when thinking about whether you need a current practising certificate is: Does the position carry or convey the expectation that I am a veterinarian?
   
Definition of Non-Practising
 
A practitioner who’s registered as non-practising needs to meet the statutory and ethical obligations of the Veterinarians Act 2005, but can’t legally practise as a veterinarian. This means that they aren’t entitled to treat, prescribe restricted veterinary medicines or give advice in a veterinary capacity.
 

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 need to ask for 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.