The Australian Veterinary Boards Conference was set up to provide the various state and territory veterinary boards with the opportunity to discuss issues affecting the practice of veterinary science in Australia and to assist in the standardisation of acceptable veterinary practice.
The then New Zealand Veterinary Surgeons Board made an application to become a participant and commenced attending meetings in 1990.
The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) was incorporated in Victoria in December 1999 by agreement of the state and territory veterinary boards of Australia and the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. They aimed to create a legal entity to be a gazetted authority for the assessment of overseas veterinarians wishing to migrate to Australia with the authority to speak and act on behalf of all registering authorities. The impetus was the devolution of the National Veterinary Examination from the federal government to the Boards.