Veterinary Practitioners Board

Applications are invited from people to join the Veterinary Practitioners Board (the Board).

The Board is an independent State Government body corporate established under the Veterinary Practice Act 2003 .  The object of the Veterinary Practice Act 2003 is to regulate the provision of veterinary services in NSW for the following purposes to:

  • promote the welfare of animals
  • ensure consumers of veterinary services are well informed as to the competencies required of veterinary practitioners
  • ensure that acceptable standards are required to be met by veterinary practitioners so as to meet the public interest and national and international trade requirements, and
  • provide public health protection.

The Board achieves these purposes through performing a number of functions including:

  • the registration of veterinary practitioners and licensing of veterinary hospitals;
  • investigation of complaints against veterinary practitioners;
  • developing codes of professional conduct for veterinary practitioners;
  • enforcing the provisions of the Act and Regulation;
  • promoting professional development of veterinary practitioners; and
  • providing information to veterinary practitioners and consumers of veterinary services.

The Board is responsible for developing an annual report for the minister to present to both NSW government parliaments in accordance with the Annual Reports (Statutory Bodies) Act 1984.

The Board cooperates with other jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand to further a common and harmonious approach to regulation of the veterinary profession. This function is assisted through interaction with other state veterinary boards, the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc. (AVBC), and organisations representing the interests of members of the veterinary profession such as the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) .

The Board consists of six veterinarians and two non-veterinarians who are appointed for a three-year term by the Governor of NSW.  For more information about the board please visit

Position information

The New South Wales Government is seeking applications to fill the following vacancies:

  • two board members who are veterinary practitioners, and
  • two board members who are non-veterinarians to represent consumers of veterinarian services.

We value diversity on the committee and encourage applications from all community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Selection and appointment of members will be undertaken in accordance with the Public Service Commissioner’s Appointment Standards: Boards and Committees in the NSW Public Sector.

Committee meeting details

How often does the Committee meet?

Generally, the committee meets monthly. Meetings are typically held over a day.

Where are meetings held?

The meetings are organised by the Registrar of the Veterinary Practitioners Board and held in their offices located at: Suite 7.09, 47 Coward Street, Mascot NSW 2020.

Will I be paid?

The Board is classified as ‘E3’ in the Public Service Commission’s Classification and Remuneration Framework for NSW Government Board and Committees. Board members’ remuneration is met by the Veterinary Practitioners Board in accordance with fees approved by the Minister for Agriculture and Western Sydney.

What is the duration of appointment?

Members of the Board serve a three-year term.


To be eligible for nomination you must:

  • have skills or expertise in the following categories
    • Animal welfare science
    • Animal behaviour
    • Veterinary science
    • Animal science
    • Any other area considered relevant to fulfill the role of the Board.
  • not hold a criminal conviction for animal cruelty offences in Australia or overseas, and
  • be prepared to make the necessary commitment of time, including preparing for and having the ability to attend meetings as required.

How to apply

In their submission, applicants should briefly outline their suitability for the position and provide a current resume and detail how they can support the Board to meet its legislative functions. Applicants should also outline any previous board memberships and experience in working within a legislative and policy framework. Applications can be emailed to

Applications close 27th April 2021 at 5.00pm.