AVBC Accreditation Standards Phase 2 Consultation 28 July 2022



The AVBC is undertaking a review of the AVBC Accreditation Standards.

Drawing on responses received in an earlier phase of consultation, a set of draft standards has now been developed and the AVBC is seeking comment on these draft accreditation standards and draft accreditation methodology. A summary of the findings of the first round of consultation can be found at

Feedback on these documents can be made using the...

CVO Bulletin: FMD Update and Webinar 28 July 2022


Register for the veterinarians only webinar on FMD to be led by Sarah Britton, NSW Chief Veterinary Officer on Tuesday 02 August 2022 at 7:00 pm

In New South Wales (NSW) the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) have been revising preparedness documentation and working with emergency agencies (including Police, Environmental Protection Agency, Resilience NSW, Fire and Rescue) to enhance operational preparedness for a response and the implementation of ...

AVBC Standards Review 07 July 2022

In parallel to the Accreditation Standards Review that is currently in progress, AVBC’s Day One Competencies are also being reviewed by an appointed Task Group. 

A copy of the AVBC's Draft Day One Competencies is now available for feedback.

To update the AVBC’s Attributes of Veterinary Graduates, the Day One Competencies Task Group methodically reviewed the current Attributes and evaluated the Day One Competencies established by other international veterinary...

Will you share your perspectives of neurology? 16 June 2022


How do you feel when you see your next consult sounds like it could be neurological? Whether the prospect of a neurological case fills you with joy, fills you with dread, or anything in between, I would like to know about your perspectives of veterinary neurology. No matter what sector of the profession you are in, if you are registered with the regulatory bodies of Australia, New Zealand or the UK, you are eligible to share your opinions of neurology in this survey. It is hoped the findings will improve our approach to veterinary education in the areas of neuroscience and clinical neurology.  


Registration of Veterinary Nurses 09 June 2022

The Sustainable Practice Committee (SPC) of the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) is investigating pathways for the regulation and registration of veterinary nurses.

Please assist by completing this short questionnaire.

The questionnaire should take less than 5 minutes to complete and the results will greatly assist in the development of a paper exploring this topic to be presented by the SPC to the AVBC and its member veterinary boards.

Further background on the options being explored for the registration...

CVO Bulletin - Probable cases of Japanese Encephalitis in NSW horses 24 May 2022


NSW Department of Primary Industries has detected evidence of infection with Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus in horses from several Local Land Services regions across NSW (North Coast, Hunter, Greater Sydney, Central West, Riverina, and South East regions).

For more information see the CVO Bulletin





DPI - Lumpy Skin Disease in Cattle 16 May 2022


Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a highly infectious viral disease that affects all breeds of cattle and water buffalo. It does not affect other types of livestock or humans.

LSD is primarily spread by biting insects. Insects such as mosquitoes, biting flies and possibly ticks mechanically transfer the virus. It can also be spread through direct contact between animals via secretions and excretions. Contaminated feed, water, vehicles and iatrogenic means (for example, repeated use of needles on different animals) can all spread the disease.

In addition, LSD may be shed...

DAWE Biosecurity Division - Staying alert to lumpy skin disease 16 May 2022


Australia’s animal health system relies on veterinarians reporting any suspicion of an emergency animal disease. Lumpy skin disease has never occurred in Australia, but it is an emerging threat as it continues its spread through Asia and most recently into Indonesia and Singapore.

Lumpy skin disease is caused by a virus from the Poxviridae family. It is a serious disease that primarily affects cattle and water buffalo, although it has also been seen in other bovids and giraffes. There is no reliable evidence that the virus causes disease in humans.

The disease would have significant and far-reaching impacts...

Survey: “A breath of fresh air” exploring veterinary-based barriers to BOAS treatment 05 May 2022


We would greatly appreciate your participation in our online survey on brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) and brachycephalic dog management which should take less than 10 minutes of your time.

The aim of this study is to assess general practitioner veterinarians understanding and perceptions of BOAS, the recommendations they make based on their understanding and perceptions of the disease and the unique challenges they face managing brachycephalic dogs over their...

Training: Taronga Veterinary Professional Training in Wildlife Treatment and Care 29 April 2022


*Free for eligible applicants

This program has been so successful that we are taking enrolments for the fifth course intake. Specifically designed for veterinarians and veterinary nurses, the course focuses on building the confidence, knowledge and skills required for the triage, first aid, treatment and care of Australian wildlife.

Delivered via a blended learning model combining online distance education and a 1-day intensive practical workshop (optional), the course is CPD accredited by the Australian Veterinary Association and the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia....