Specialist Registration

Registered veterinary specialists are those with higher qualifications and skill levels in a particular branch of veterinary medicine who have undergone recognised advanced and supervised training and passed recognised specialist examinations.
To see a list of New Zealand Veterinary Specialists click here (will open a new window).
You can view the current Policy on Specialist Registration by clicking here.
Applying for Specialist Registration
We suggest that you read the Information letter for specialist registration applicants. This contains detail on the two-stage application process - see below.
Step 1
Applicants apply direct to the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) for an assessment of the suitability of their qualifications, training and experience for specialist registration. This assessment is carried out by the Advisory Committee on the Registration of Veterinary Specialists (ACRVS) on VCNZ's behalf.
Detailed information about the process is included in the Specialist Registration Information Booklet for New Zealand.
To apply for an assessment of your eligibility for specialist registration you will need to complete an Application for Assessment of Eligibility for Registration as a Veterinary Specialist in NZ and send it to the AVBC.
Step 2
Once you have received the ACRVS assessment indicating that you are eligible for specialist registration, you need to send your Specialist Registration Application Form to VCNZ for consideration.
You can also obtain copies of this information from the VCNZ office by emailing registration@vetcouncil.org.nz.
Important Note: Australian registered specialists will already have undergone the ACRVS assessment process. They should therefore apply directly to VCNZ for specialist registration under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition provisions using the TTMRA Specialist Registration application form.