New graduate registration

Eligibility for new graduate registration

You are eligible for registration on the general register in South Australia as a new graduate if:

  • Your principal place of residence is in South Australia, or you propose to have your principal place of residence in South Australia
  • You have been awarded a qualification recognised by the VSBSA for registration on the general register
  • You are medically fit to provide veterinary treatment as a veterinary surgeon
  • You are a fit and proper person to be registered on the general register

Awards of qualification

The VSBSA can grant registration to applicants who have been awarded a recognised qualification in veterinary science for the purpose of registration on the general register. Completing your academic studies is not the same as being awarded a degree in veterinary science by the relevant university. The presence of a conferral statement on your academic transcript confirms that you have qualified for your award.

How to apply for registration

You can either post (mailing address: GPO Box 11020, Adelaide, SA 5001) the following documents OR; you can send scanned copies of the documents to

  • A completed application form (Form 2)
  • Original copies of two references attesting to your character and suitability for registration (Form 2A)
  • Original or certified copy of a National Police Certificate and/or International Police Check results (see Form 2 for specific requirements)
  • A certified colour copy of current photographic identification such as a passport or the front and back of a driver’s licence
  • A certified copy of documentary evidence of any legal change of name (if your name differs from that shown on your degree certificate or official academic transcript)
  • Proof that you have been awarded your degree. The VSBSA requires the following as proof:
    • A certified copy of your degree certificate; or
    • An original official academic transcript which states that your veterinary science degree has been conferred/awarded
  • If you have submitted an official academic transcript for the purpose of applying for registration, please provide a certified copy of your degree certificate to the VSBSA within 1 month of receipt.


Please find the Application for a New Graduate Registration (Form 2), Reference Form (form 2a) and Instructions for Certifying Documents in the Forms page.

Processing times

Please allow up to 14 business days for your application to be processed. To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that all required information and documentation is provided with your application.

Correspondence Policy

We recommend using our postal address if your correspondence is sensitive and/or includes hard copy or confidential attachments (such as photos or documents). Please ensure you include a return postal address.

Our approach
When we perform our work, we aim to be fair, impartial, consistent, respectful, courteous.

How you can help us
To allow us to perform our work effectively and efficiently, we expect that you will familiarise yourself with our correspondence policy, give us accurate and complete information, treat us with respect and courtesy.

We aim to respond to correspondence, where required, within 20 working days of receipt.

Sometimes the matters raised in correspondence are complex and require detailed investigation in which case our response time will be longer.

There may be occasions where the issues you raise are outside our responsibilities. In this case we will refer you to the appropriate organisation or government department/agency. We encourage you to check to see if your issue is within our jurisdiction before you correspond with us. For example, if your enquiry relates to the ability of a veterinary surgeon to obtain, possess, prescribe or dispense Schedule 4 drugs, please direct your enquiry to the Office of the Chief Pharmacist: If your enquiry relates to the ability of a veterinary surgeon to obtain, possess, prescribe or dispense Schedule 8 drugs, please direct your enquiry to SA Health:

We do not provide legal advice or personal advisory services to members of the community, veterinary services providers or veterinary surgeons.

We will only respond to items where we are the primary recipient. We will not respond to correspondence where we have been included as a carbon copy.

We will delete unsolicited advertisements without response.

We will not respond to correspondence containing offensive language or content.

We will forward any correspondence containing threatening content or advocating illegal activities to South Australia Police.

Your correspondence, once received, will become an official record of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia.