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A table comparing the roles of a Regulatory Body vs. Professional Assocation

Understanding the Veterinary Regulatory System in Australia & New Zealand

In Australia and New Zealand, the veterinary profession is regulated by veterinary statutory boards (VSBs)[1] in each jurisdiction. New Zealand has a single VSB regulating veterinarians – the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. Australia is a federation, so each jurisdiction independently regulates veterinarians, meaning there are 8 VSBs (“veterinary boards”) nationwide. The role of the VSBs is to safeguard the public and animal welfare by enforcing the veterinary acts within their respective jurisdictions.

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Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, becomes the first newly established international veterinary school to be accredited by AVBC.

AVBC is delighted to announce that City University of Hong Kong’s Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, has become the first veterinary school outside of Australia and New Zealand to be guided from “reasonable assurance” to accreditation by a series of its expert teams. After all Boards had time to consider the report from the site visit to the school at the end of May this year, the decision was ratified at the AVBC meeting on the 21 September.

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Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Welcomes the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia as a voting member

The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) today passed a special resolution to add the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia (VSBSA) to its list of members. The unanimous vote on the return of the VSBSA to the AVBC signifies the possibility of adopting national (with New Zealand) policies supporting the highest standards of veterinary regulation and synergy within the Australasian veterinary regulatory community. 

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Slideshow on psychological safety in communication

AVBC Workshop in Melbourne: Emphasising Compassionate Communication

In May this year, AVBC organised a Workshop session on psychological safety for its member veterinary boards. Led by Rosie Overfield from Mindpod Consulting and Mary Lydamore from the Veterinary Practitioners Board of New South Wales, the session emphasised the value of compassionate, open, and non-judgmental communication in interactions with complainants and veterinary practitioners.

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AVE Examination Updates June 2023

The next available sitting of the Preliminary (MCQ) Examination will be in 2024, likely in April. The closing date for applications and payment for the 2024 MCQ will be 8 February 2024.

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