VPB - Identifying Best Practice Cat Management 26 June 2018


RSPCA Australia has released its final report on Identifying Best Practice Cat Management.

The Report contains 21 recommendations which focus on aspects including mandatory desexing, inconsistency in legislation, benefits from collaboration between councils and rescue groups, and the urgent need for universal adoption of definitions for feral and domestic cats.

The Report and accompanying papers are all available from...

Hospital Licence Renewals 19 June 2018

Hospital licence fees must be paid by 30 June 2018 for the licensing period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. 

You can use your website reference number (found in your offer of renewal emailed to the hospital superintendent) to pay your hospital licence fee ($350) online.

Please contact the Board if you have not yet received your offer to renew a hospital licence.

Any premises where a procedure is undertaken that according to current standards requires the administration of a general anaesthetic or a spinal anaesthetic must be licensed.

There are some exemptions to the above requirement in relation to...

Registration Renewals 19 June 2018

Registration renewals must be completed by 30 June 2018 for the registration period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

The easiest way to renew your registration is to use the Vet Login.  If you do not yet have a Vet Login click on the ‘Forgotten your password’ link from the Vet Login page and details will be sent to your registered email address.

You can use your Vet Login or website reference number (found in your offer of renewal) to pay your registration fee ($300) online and your Vet...

Mandatory notification of certain non-native animal species 22 March 2018

NSW DPI has released a discussion paper on proposed changes to biosecurity legislation which would require veterinarians to notify NSW DPI if they become aware of or suspect the presence of certain non-native animal species including if they do so in a professional capacity.

You can view this discussion paper from this link.

The Board appreciated the importance of controlling these species for biosecurity reasons but has expressed...

Early Age Desexing CPD points and resources 20 March 2018

Structured CPD points can be earned through completing the educational package for veterinarians on early-age desexing developed by the Cat Protection Society. This free online training, comprising videos, a written guide and self-assessment can be completed in two hours.

These resources can be found at 

Resources are also available for clients from the Good Neighbour Project.  These resources include factsheets on training cats to...

CPD points 20 March 2018

The CPD cycle for each veterinarian runs from 1 April to 31 March and you are required to report the number of structured and unstructured CPD points attained during this cycle in your Annual Return.  You will be invited to submit your Annual Return in May together with payment of your annual registration renewal fee.

Over a 3 year cycle you must attain 60 CPD points including at least 15 structured points.  Structured and unstructured CPD point allocations were developed by the AVBC and the AVA and the...

Management of Drugs of Addiction (S8 drugs) 20 March 2018

NSW Health and the Board would like to remind all veterinarians in NSW of their obligations regarding the reporting of loss or theft of S8s, storage of S8s, record keeping for S8s, S8 stock checks and what to do if you find an S8 drug which is out of date.

The loss or theft of any drug of addiction (S8) or prescribed restricted substance (S4 Appendix D or S4D) must be reported to NSW Health immediately.  This submission must be via an online form (Submit Form button top left of first page)....

Updating your veterinary hospital details 20 March 2018

Hospital licence renewals will be sent by email in early May.

You can use the Find a vet or hospital function on our website to see the details we currently hold for your veterinary hospital.

If you have recently changed ownership or the hospital superintendent has changed...

Updating your details 20 March 2018

Veterinary registration renewal notifications will be sent by email in early May.

If your contact details have changed you can use your Vet Login to ensure we have the correct email contact and other contact details for you. 

If you do not yet have a Vet Login click on the ‘Forgotten your password’ link from the Vet Login page and login details will be sent to the email address we have on our database.


VPB: Notice From Equestrian Australia to All Equine Veterinarians 01 March 2018

If you are requested to fill in a horse identification description and diagram in either a white EA National Passport Document or a purple FEI Passport Document please make sure when you sign the document to stamp it with your practice stamp. This means every equine veterinarian will need a practice stamp, and if you do not work out of a practice you will need a stamp with your details on it. If you have any questions about horse passports please send an email to

You may also consider becoming an FEI Permitted Treating Vet, information on this...