Inspection of hospitals

An inspector appointed by the Board has the power to enter any premises in which the inspector has reasonable cause to believe that any person is doing or has done any restricted act of veterinary science. 

The Board’s Hospital Inspector inspects all veterinary hospitals in NSW approximately once every 4 years.  This program of inspections has been developed to ensure all veterinary hospitals in NSW remain compliant with the Minimum Requirements for Veterinary Hospitals.

Inspections also play a vital role in educating the profession in relation to Board policies and procedures.

Each veterinary hospital must appoint a veterinarian as a Hospital Superintendent and the Board expects that this person will be familiar with the following guidelines

  1. Responsibilities of the Veterinary Hospital Superintendent
  2. Self Assessment Checklist for Veterinary Hospital Superintendents


The Hospital Inspector will contact the Hospital Superintendent prior to any programed inspection to arrange a date and time for an inspection. 

Prior to any programed inspection the Hospital Superintendent will be expected to complete his or her own evaluation of the hospital using the Self Assessment Checklist for Veterinary Hospital Superintendents.

The Hospital Inspector may also perform un-announced inspections of veterinary hospitals as part of the complaint investigation process.