Skills assessment for Australian migration
If you have veterinary qualifications which are generally recognised for the purpose of registration in Australia and New Zealand you may apply directly to the veterinary board in your state or territory or New Zealand.
If you are applying in Australia for a visa which requires a completed skills assessment you will need to apply to AVBC. AVBC is the government gazetted organisation for assessing the occupation Veterinarian in Australia. For New Zealand applicants, please contact the Veterinary Council of New Zealand directly.
You should apply for an assessment of your skills and qualifications to determine if they are suitable for the occupation of veterinary science for migration purposes.
AVBC is the only relevant assessing authority that can issue you with an assessment statement required by the immigration authorities.
AVBC can only provide advice on applying for a Skills Assessment. All other questions relating to migration should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
The Australian Government’s General Skilled Migration Programme (GSM) is implemented through a partnership between government and industry. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) work with industry, represented by professional migration assessing authorities, to ensure that policies and procedures for assessing the skills of prospective migrants are appropriate, transparent and do not pose unreasonable barriers to migration.
AVBC has been specified by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in accordance with the Migration Regulations 1994 as the assessing authority for the occupation Veterinarian (ANZSCO Code 234711].
The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) supports this process through its role in approving migration assessing authorities. Approval is granted to professional bodies which meet established criteria, including a commitment to support the objectives of the GSM and the provision of an appropriate assessment service to prospective migrants.
If you wish to apply to migrate to Australia as a Veterinarian under the General Skilled Migration visa categories, you will need to have your skills assessed by AVBC. AVBC will assess your skills as “suitable” or “not suitable” for your nominated occupation against the requirements it has established.
Am I ready to apply for skills assessment?
If you can answer yes to all of the following, you are ready to apply for a skills assessment.
1. Is your qualification on the list of qualifications generally recognised?
2. English requirements (n.b. this requirement applies to graduates from Australian veterinary schools):
a. are you a native speaker of English, born and educated in the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, NZ or South Africa? OR
b. have you achieved a minimum score of Band 7 in each section of the IELTS (Academic module)? OR
c. have you achieved a B pass in each section, all in one sitting of the OET? OR
d. have achieved scores in the TOEFL-iBT of at least 24 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Writing and 23 in Speaking.
3. Have you registered with an Australian state or territory registration board?
4. Have you gathered all relevant documents and certified copies as listed on the checklist?
5. Have you decided whether or not you need an assessment of further veterinary qualifications or professional employment experience? If so, have you gathered the relevant documents?
Additional information for candidates applying for a Skills Assessment
If you intend to work as a veterinarian in Australia you must be registered with the veterinary registration board of the state or territory in which you are working. To be eligible to apply for registration you must either:
- have obtained an AVBC accredited veterinary qualification in Australia or New Zealand; or
- be eligible to apply for registration without further examination; or
- have successfully completed the National Veterinary Examination.
My qualification does not appear on the list
If you are an overseas trained veterinarian and your qualifications are not immediately eligible to apply for registration, you will need to successfully complete the National Veterinary Examination before you can obtain a skills assessment.
Please note that under migration law, you will need to apply for a skills assessment whether your qualifications were gained overseas or from an Australian tertiary institution.
Successfully migrating to Australia as a Veterinarian is no guarantee of membership of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) or employment in Australia as a veterinarian. Requirements additional to those for migration may need to be met.
Whilst it is true that many graduates from European Veterinary Schools are eligible to work in the United Kingdom under European Community Directive 78/1016/EEC, this directive is not recognised in Australia.
Applying for Skills Assessment
If you are seeking to apply for migration to Australia under the General Skilled Migration programme, you should complete the skills assessment application form.
You should use this form to apply for an assessment of your skills and qualifications to determine if they are suitable for the occupation of Veterinarian for migration purposes.
A comprehensive knowledge of English is essential to the practice of veterinary science in Australia. Native speakers of English, born and educated in the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand or South Africa may apply for exemption from the OET/IELTS/TOEFL-iBT English language test.
If your first language is not English, a B pass or higher in each section of the Occupational English Test, or a score of Band 7 in each section of the academic module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or scores in the TOEFL-iBT of at least 24 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Writing and 23 in Speaking will satisfy the requirements. Should you fail to achieve the required standard in one of these examinations, you must re-sit the entire examination. The Board of Examiners does not permit re-sits of sub-sections of either examination.
On July 1, 2012 there was a major change to how Australia managed its skilled migration program.
For more information visit SkillSelect.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Australian Skills Recognition Information website also provides information on working as a veterinarian in Australia. For more information visit DIAC’s website.
You should carefully read the Explanatory Notes to the Application then complete the application form and send it together with the documentation listed therein and the fee by post to:
Australasian Veterinary Boards Councils Inc (AVBC Inc)
Level 8, 470 Collins Street
Melbourne, VICTORIA 3000
Payment options are: credit card, money order, direct deposit or bank cheque in Australian dollars.
If you wish to pay by direct deposit, our bank details can be obtained by contacting
Tel: (03) 9620 7844 or
Email: nve”at”avbc.asn.au (please use the @ instead of “at”)