Who are we?
The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia (VSBSA) is an independent statutory authority which regulates the provision of veterinary treatment to protect the public interest and animal health, safety and welfare.
The VSBSA reports annually to the South Australian Parliament through the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development (PIRSA). However, as an independent statutory authority, the VSBSA is not part of PIRSA and the Minister is not able to direct the VSBSA in relation to its statutory functions.
We work to ensure those in the profession achieve and maintain high professional standards of competence and conduct in their provision of veterinary treatment. We receive, investigate, and act on complaints from the public about veterinary surgeons. Our statutory functions are exercised under the Veterinary Practice Act 2003.
Key functions of the VSBSA
Recognise courses of education or training that provide qualifications for registration on the general register or the specialist register
Determine the requirements necessary for registration on the general register or the specialist register
Determine the specialties in which a person may be registered on the specialist register
Establish and maintain the registers contemplated by the Act
Prepare or endorse codes of conduct and professional standards for veterinary surgeons
Prepare or endorse guidelines on continuing education for veterinary surgeons
Establish administrative processes for handling complaints received against veterinary surgeons or veterinary services providers (which may include processes under which the veterinary surgeon or veterinary services provider voluntarily enters into an undertaking)
Provide advice to the responsible Minister as may be appropriate
Carry out other functions assigned to us by or under the Act
The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia will be closed on Friday 23 December 2022, Wednesday 28 December 2022, Thursday 29 December 2022 and Friday
Lodging 2022 Annual Return and Renewing Registration for 2023
Information for veterinary surgeons about the online process to lodge annual returns for the year ending 31 December 2022 and renew registration for 2023 is
Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons – Draft for Public Consultation
Give your feedback on the new Draft Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons. A revised Draft Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons has