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Welcome to the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW

The Board is an independent State Government Statutory Corporation. It is responsible under the Veterinary Practice Act 2003, for registering Veterinary Practitioners and Veterinary Specialists, Licensing Veterinary Hospitals and investigating complaints about the practice of Veterinary Science in NSW.

This site provides information to the Veterinary Practitioners of New South Wales, Veterinary Practitioners from other States and Territories in Australia and overseas, other government departments and consumers of Veterinary Services.

Details of veterinary practitioners, veterinary specialists and veterinary hospitals are available by using the search facility by pressing the blue seach button below the menu on the left hand side of page.

Board News Jan 2015

VPB: NRVR in South Australia - 6 January 2015

National Recognition of Veterinary Registration (NRVR)

The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia is pleased to announce as of 1 January 2015, South Australia now has national recognition of veterinary registration (NRVR).

NOTE: ACT, Northern Territory and Western Australia are the remaining territories and state which do not have NRVR.

This means that veterinarians, who currently hold primary registration in another Australian State or Territory and reside permanently in that place, are entitled to practise as a veterinary surgeon in South Australia without having to register with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia.

NRVR applies equally to veterinarians with specialist registration.

Conditions and limitations placed on any registration by another Australian Veterinary Board will apply to the veterinarian when they practise in South Australia and of course while working in South Australia; they must comply with the obligations, requirements and conditions as set out in South Australian legislation.

When does an interstate registered vet need to apply for registration in South Australia?
Once an interstate registered vet takes up permanent residence in South Australia, they are required to apply for (primary) registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia. In practical terms, if an interstate registered vet moves to a permanent or ongoing position in South Australia, they can commence working immediately in South Australia under NRVR, but must lodge their application for registration as soon as practicable.

ARB: Amendments to racing rules - 5 January 2015

Amendments to ARB Rules of Racing

The Australian Racing Board (ARB) has just announced a large number of amendments to the Australian Rules of Racing. The more pertinent rules for EVA Members are the introduction of a cobalt threshold (effective 1 January), the change to "being a party to attempting to stomach tube a horse within one clear day of racing" (effective 1 February), the introduction of some discretion for stewards where an elevated testorone level in geldings and fillies may be due to endogenous causes (effective 1 February), and the entry of the stewards into the sales arena where amendments to Rule AR.7 authorise stewards to investigate a breach of the ban on anabolic steroids in horses that have not yet been named for racing (effective 1 January).

Those actively involved in racing will also need to be familiar with the ARB's strict new rules on Racial Villification and the use of Social Media, effective 1 March.

Each amendment contains an explanatory paragraph providing some background to the decision. Please read the following attachments carefully, paying particular attention to the effective date for each amendment. EVA has brought these amendments to your attention.

  • Testing for anabolic androgenic steroids at horse sales - Amendments to AR.7 and AR.15(D)(1) come into effect 1 January 2015. For more information on these amendments, CLICK HERE. This notice also contains details of proposed amendments to AR.178D(1) and AR.178D(6).
  • Introduction of a cobalt threshold - Amendments to AR.178C(1)(I) come into effect 1 January 2015. For the Trainers Notice on Cobalt Threshold, CLICK HERE. For more information on these amendments, CLICK HERE.
  • Stomach-tubing - Amendments to AR.64G come into effect 1 February 2015. For more information on this amendment, CLICK HERE. This notice also contains details of an amendment to AR.196(5) (disqualification periods for rule infringements, comes into effect 1 February 2015).
  • Restrictions on disqualified persons - Amendments to AR.182 and AR.183F come into effect 1 February 2015. For more information on this amendment, CLICK HERE.
  • Increase in upper monetary limits for fines - Amendments to AR.196(1) and AR.196(2) come into effect 1 February 2015. For more information on this amendment, CLICK HERE.
  • Suspension of operation of a penalty - Amendments to AR.196(4) come into effect 1 February 2015. For more information on this amendment, CLICK HERE.
  • Elevated testosterone levels - Amendments to AR.177C and AR.178G come into effect 1 February 2015. For more information on this amendment, CLICK HERE.
  • Misconduct - Amendments to AR.175 come into effect 1 March 2015. Details can be found HERE and HERE.


Board News Dec 2014

DPI:CVO Bulletin - Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus - 19 December 2014

Please read the Bio Security Bulletin regarding Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (PDF 318kb) which is issued on behalf of Ian Roth - the Chief Veterinary Officer in NSW.

Please address any queries you have regarding the information in the linked bulletin to:

Sarah Britton | Veterinary Officer | Biosecurity NSW
Department of Primary Industries |161 Kite Street | Orange NSW 2800| Locked Bag 21 | Orange NSW 2800
T: 02 6391 3717 | F: 02 6361 9976 |
E: sarah.britton@dpi.nsw.gov.au
W: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity

VPB: Christmas Greetings and Operating Hours - 18 December 2014

The Board and staff would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous year ahead.

The Board office will close at midday on 24th December and will reopen on Monday 5th January.

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
Christmas MistletoeIt came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

- Dr. Seuss

VPB: Boardtalk Issue 41 - Dec 2014 - 17 December 2014

The latest Boardtalk, December 2014, Issue 41 in now available.

To view and then print a PDF version (955kb) of the Boardtalk.
An online version is not yet available.

DPI: Work health and safety and Hendra - 12 December 2014

The Board and the NSW DPI have received calls from distressed clients who are unable to obtain veterinary services for their sick horse. The Board will not instruct veterinarians to see horses where they have made an assessment that it is unsafe to do so. If your practice is developing a strict policy such as not attending any horse which isn't vaccinated, the Board suggests you circulate that information widely to ensure the horse owning public are aware of that policy before they have a need for a horse to be seen.

Board News Nov 2014

DPI: Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) alerts - 27 November 2014

Do you know where to find national animal disease alerts? The Australian Department of Agriculture regularly releases Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) alerts and bulletins for private practitioners. These alerts can be found at:www.daff.gov.au/animal-plant-health/pests-diseases-weeds/animal/ead-bulletin

It is important that veterinarians are familiar with the bulletins so they are aware of what diseases could impact their work.


You may be looking at the first case and you do not want to become famous as the vet who missed it!!

Use the hotline number 1800 675 888 as hundreds of your colleagues do each year or contact your local government vet.

You are not alone.

VPB: Hospital and other inspections - 4 November 2014

In January 2014 the Hospital Inspector, Mr Glenn Lynch, completed the first phase of the Board's hospital inspection program. This involved inspections of over 630 licensed premises in NSW. Glenn has now commenced the next phase of the Board's inspection program which involves inspections of unlicensed premises. So, if you offer a mobile, on-site or house call veterinary service that is not based from a licensed hospital you can expect to receive a call from Glenn in the coming months.
As per our hospital or licensed premises inspection program, these visits have an educational focus and the purpose is to ensure both compliance with the legislation and achievement of acceptable standards to meet the public interest. To assist providers of veterinary services from unlicensed premises in preparing for these inspections the Board has put together the attached self-assessment checklist.

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Boardtalk - May 2014

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