This application is for an Initial Assessment of your ELIGIBILITY to undertake the professional examinations in veterinary science. It is NOT an application to sit the AVE.
Assessment of eligibility to undertake the examinations is STEP 1 in the process, followed by:
If you are assessed as eligible, you will be placed on an AVE candidates’ contact list and will receive information from the AVE Coordinator from time to time, including application forms for upcoming examination sessions.
The eligibility assessment is conducted by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC) for overseas trained veterinarians who wish to practise their profession in Australia or New Zealand and who do not have a primary veterinary qualification which is recognised for registration here.
The AVBC assesses your eligibility by checking the following:
Detailed information about the Australasian Veterinary Examination can be found in the “Information for AVE Candidates” Booklet.
You must provide supporting documents that meet specific standards with your application. Download our supporting evidence checklist to ensure you have everything ready to apply.
Your documents must meet the following requirements:
Your assessment will be delayed if your documents do not meet the above requirements and, in all cases, the AVBC reserves the right to request to see the original document(s).
Some official documents that have been issued digitally may not meet our resolution standards.
In these cases, the applicant must ensure that AVBC can verify these documents; this means providing AVBC with any relevant weblinks and passwords.
You may need to organise for the issuing authority of these documents to contact AVBC directly (email@example.com) in order to verify the authenticity of these documents.
You are required to provide two copies of a colour passport photograph, taken within the past twelve months:
Follow these steps:
Under these circumstances you must provide a colour scan of the document which has been certified as a copy of the original and scanned at >300dpi/ppi.
A certified copy of an original is clearly authorised as a true copy of the original by an appropriate person.
A person on the list of authorised witnesses is generally acceptable to the AVBC to certify a document. Persons include Justices of the Peace (JP), Notaries public, legal practitioners, veterinarians and admissions officers of all Australian universities.
To have your copies certified you will need to present both the original and the copy of each document to the person certifying the copies.
Each copy of the document must be certified separately and must include the following:
From the details provided, it must be possible for AVBC to contact the certifying officer if necessary.
If your supporting documents are written in a language other than English, you must provide:
The translations must be included in the .pdf file for the documents to which they refer (extract translations will not be accepted).
All scanned documents (both in the original language and translated) must meet the supporting document requirements previously outlined.
Please note that AVBC reserves the right to request applicants to provide translations completed by a translator in Australia, accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
AVBC normally deals directly with applicants seeking an assessment of their qualifications. Australia’s privacy legislation prohibits AVBC from discussing your application with other people (i.e. a third party) unless you authorise us to do so. If you want someone, such as a family member, registered migration agent, legal practitioner or exempt person to deal with AVBC on your behalf, you need to attach a letter or form signed by you authorising this person (by name) to act as your agent. A relevant form (No. 956) is available for download from the Department of Home affairs website here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/956.pdf
We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. If we are satisfied that your application is complete, we will process the payment of your application fee and complete the assessment. Your AVE Eligibility Assessment outcome letter will be emailed to you upon completion.
If there are any problems with your application form or any of your supporting documents, we will be in touch by email to let you know, with guidance on how to resolve any issues.
If you disagree with the assessment once it has been provided, you may request a review. Your request must be in writing and a review fee will be required. Your request for a review should include the reasons why you disagree with the assessment and any supplementary information or documents that you consider support your claim. For further information about the review process you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
An assessment of your eligibility may take up to six weeks to process. We will be doing our utmost to work through applications as quickly as possible. Processing of your AVE eligibility assessment application will be delayed if your application is incomplete.
Please refer back to this website for updates or contact the AVBC via email: email@example.com