National recognition of veterinary registration

In conjunction with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and the Animal Health Committee, the AVA  helped develop a model for national recognition of veterinary registration across Australia.

This was to allow veterinarians to move and practise more easily across state borders, and also to allow greater competition in veterinary services in line with National Competition Policy.

In the past, veterinarians have been required to be registered in every state they want to practise, and this initiative reduces red tape, as well as allowing greater freedom of movement for veterinarians responding to national crises or working for national animal enterprises.

State legislation to enact the model is in the process of being introduced progressively across jurisdictions. In Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania, veterinarians registered in another Australian jurisdiction can practise without registering again in those states. Other states and territories are in the process of preparing similar legislation. South Australia will commence national recognition of veterinary registration on 1 January 2015.

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