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 .
You can view the current Policy on Specialist Registration by clicking here .
For detailed information about the application process we suggest you read the Specialist Registration Information Booklet for New Zealand. Annexe A includes examples of qualifications whose formal full time training programmes generally meet the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) standards for specialist registration.
Training programmes which don't appear in Annexe A of the Specialist Registration Information Booklet for New Zealand, will need to be assessed before the candidate's application for registration can be assessed. The assessments are undertaken by the Advisory Committee on the Registration of Veterinary Specialists (ACRVS).
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
Step 1
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:

  1. if your training programme is listed in Annexe A of the Specialist Registration Information Booklet for New Zealand, complete an Application for Assessment of Eligibility for Registration as a Veterinary Specialist in NZ  and send it to the AVBC; or
  2. 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

Step 2
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.