To practise or use the title “veterinarian” in New Zealand you must
be registered with us and have a current annual practising certificate
If you're already registered but need to renew your APC, you can read about APCs here.
On this page:
If you are already registered in Australia
Apply for registration
Other ways to get registered
There are three types of registration:
- General registration
- Limited registration
- Specialist registration.
All applicants must satisfy the Council that they:
- Can communicate in and understand English to an appropriate standard for practising as a veterinarian in New Zealand. Applicants whose first language isn't English will be required to provide evidence of English competency by sitting and passing an approved English test to the required level. Please refer to the Council's Policy on English Competence for further information.
- Meet the fitness and recency of practice requirements. The Council will require a letter of good standing from previous registration authority/authorities and will require you to make statements about your recency of practice and fitness to practise.
General Registration (no examination)
We accept the veterinary degrees and passes in the examinations and assessment programmes listed in this Gazette notice for registration without further examination.
If your degree is listed, or you have a pass in one of the listed examinations or assessment programmes, you will be eligible for registration without any further examination, provided you meet our minimum standards for practising and English language requirements.
Limited registration is a pathway for those who are not eligible for general registration. It allows for people to be registered in a limited scope of practice. Currently, we accept applications under the following scopes of practice:
- Biosecurity scope
- Postgraduate Training Scope
- Academic scope
- Industry scope - Laboratory & diagnostic
- Particular skills for a restricted period
- Restricted Purpose Scope
- Time limited scope for New Zealand based National Veterinary Examination candidates
For further information refer to:
To enquire further about limited registration, please contact us.
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 search the list of New Zealand Veterinary Specialists click here .
You can view the current Policy on Specialist Registration by clicking here .
For detailed information about the application process we suggest you read the guidance on the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) website. This includes examples of qualifications whose formal full time training programmes generally meet the standards for specialist registration.
New veterinary specialties
There is a pathway for suitably qualified founding members of new veterinary specialties to gain specialist registration in Australia and New Zealand. The AVBC has set minimum standards which apply to founding members of new specialities; these form part of the requirements for registration as a veterinary specialist in the new speciality in Australia and New Zealand.
Founding member applicants need to contact the VCNZ Registrar direct for a Founding Members of New Specialities application form – see below.
Applying for Specialist Registration
Applicants apply direct to the AVBC for an assessment of the suitability of their qualifications, training and experience for specialist registration. This assessment is carried out by the ACRVS on VCNZ's behalf.
To apply for an assessment of your eligibility for specialist registration either:
- if your training programme is listed in the AVBC guidance, visit the AVBC website and follow their specialist registration process; or
- if you wish to apply for registration as a specialist in a new specialty, contact the VCNZ Registrar for a Founding Members of New Specialities application form, then send it to the AVBC
Once you've received the ACRVS assessment indicating that you're eligible for specialist registration, you need to send your Specialist Registration Application Form to VCNZ for consideration.
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.
Veterinarians already registered in Australia
If you're registered as a veterinarian or a veterinary specialist in
any Australian jurisdiction you can apply under the Trans Tasman Mutual
Recognition Agreement (TTMRA) provisions.
Apply for registration
If you are a recent Massey graduate (2023), choose the Massey registration option. If you are already registered in any Australian state or territory, choose the TTMRA registration option. If you would like to apply for limited registration, choose the Limited Registration option. All other applicants should choose General registration.