Approval process

Upon completion of the required qualification, application should be made on Form 15 and returned with the prescribed fee to the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board.
If approved by the Board, the approval will need to be renewed each year before 31 December in order to continue working as a veterinary nurse.

The application fee for a veterinary nurse, which includes one year of approval is $120.00

The renewal fee for one year of approval as a veterinary nurse is $74.00

Form 15 Application for Approval as a Veterinary Nurse


Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course qualifies graduates to apply for approval as a Veterinary Nurse with the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board.

Holders of qualifications other than the Certificate IV will need to contact the Board office to discuss further.

Veterinary Nurses Council

The Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA) has a branch in Western Australia. The VNCA offers support and direction for Veterinary Nurses and sets and maintains standards for excellence in animal care through quality education.

Link to VNCA