What We Do

To ensure the quality (recognised nationally and internationally) of the Australian and New Zealand veterinary profession.

The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) serves its members through:

  • providing a forum for communication and discussion of areas of mutual interest and policy development;
  • providing the framework for public and industry confidence in veterinary standards; and
  • assuring and promoting educational standards in the accreditation of veterinary schools, the National Veterinary Examination and specialist accreditation.

History

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. Their aim was to create a legal entity with 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.

The AVBC Inc. assumed the functions and finances of the former Australian Veterinary Boards Conference. The Conference was set up in 1985 to provide the various state and territory veterinary boards the opportunity to discuss issues affecting the practice of veterinary science in Australia and to assist in the standardisation of acceptable veterinary practice. As veterinarians belong to a fairly mobile profession and at that stage were required to register separately in almost every state/ territory in which they wished to practise (and adhere to the particular legislation in force in that jurisdiction), such a meeting was held on an annual basis. In 1988 the then New Zealand Veterinary Surgeons Board made an application to become a participant and commenced attending meetings in 1990.

The AVBC Inc. has no legislative power to impose any of its decisions on any participating member Board. Regular meetings provide a venue for general reporting and have address specific issues, for which over time there has been Australia and New Zealand-wide agreement, for example the recognition of overseas qualifications.

Membership

The state and territory Veterinary Boards of Australia, the Veterinary Council of New Zealand, the Australian Veterinary Association Ltd (AVA) and the New Zealand Veterinary Association Ltd (NZVA) are members of AVBC Inc.

Structure

A Management Committee which takes responsibility for day-to-day governance issues. A Finance Committee was established to develop policies for the appointment of auditors, as well as to determine budget allocations and reporting templates.

The four standing committees became Standards Committees under the 2008 by-laws. They are the Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee (VSAAC), the Advisory Committee on the Registration of Veterinary Specialists (ACRVS) and the Board of Examiners which oversees the National Veterinary Examination (NVE). At any one time there may be several working groups constituted to investigate matters such as veterinary specialist titles and continuing professional development.