In the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960 a veterinary clinic is defined as “any premises at which veterinary surgery is practised, but at which animals are not retained overnight” and a veterinary hospital is defined as “any premises at which veterinary surgery is practised at which animals receive treatment, nursing care, and other services required for the reception, treatment and care of animals suffering from disease or injury or in need of surgical or medical treatment or assistance.”
All new veterinary clinics and veterinary hospitals must be inspected by a Board Inspector prior to approval being granted by the Board. It is strongly recommended that floor plans and specifications are submitted to the Board prior to the commencement of building. Completed application forms and accompanying documentation is required to be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the planned opening date so to allow time for the inspection to take place and the Board to consider the application. If you wish to relocate your vet practice to a new location then you will be required to submit a new application.
Application forms for the registration of a veterinary hospital or clinic are available under the Application forms button to the left.