Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is expected of registered veterinarians in all States and Territories in Australia. All jurisdictions have agreed, through the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), that a minimum of 60 CPD points must be attained over a consecutive three year cycle.  

CPD points are described as either structured or unstructured.  Structured CPD points are allocated to activities which can be externally validated such as attendance at conferences and workshops, completion of courses and authoring or refereeing of peer reviewed articles. At least 15 of the minimum 60 CPD points must be structured points. Unstructured CPD points are allocated to activities such as private reading, clinical rounds, mentoring and unassessed computer based courses.

The Veterinary Practice Act 2003 requires NSW registered veterinarians to submit an Annual Return. One section of the Annual Return requires veterinarians to report CPD points attained during the period from 1 April to 31 March.

CPD Points Allocation Table

CPD Diary

CPD Diary spreadsheet

Policy on failure to meet CPD Requirements


Useful links

  1. AVA VetEd
  2. Bayer Accelerate
  3. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Academy
  4. Centre of Veterinary Education
  6. International Veterinary Information Service
  7. University of Melbourne offers online Graduate Certificates
  8. Veteducation
  9. Veterinary Information Network
  10. VetPD
  11. VetPrac 
  12. a daily blog from Dr Anne Fawcett who lectures at Sydney Uni. Always writes something relevant/interesting/practical and written in a very readable and humourous style. She regularly has links to other great pages.
  13. offers online webinars
  14. an American website offering webinars. Inital webinars are free and yearly subscription is reasonable.
  15. VPB news occasionally publishes CPD activites