Are you a registered veterinarian? If so, you can apply to be an Accredited Veterinarian (AAV).
We use AAVs to ensure the health and welfare of livestock before and during export. If you are interested in doing this work, you must:
- be registered with the veterinary surgeons board in the state or territory you wish to work
- complete the Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians (APAV) course
- complete the Animal Health Australia (AHA) online AAVet course
- be an Australian citizen if you are applying to be a shipboard AAV.
Here is more information about these steps.
This APAV course covers:
- Australia’s animal health system and disease programs
- international animal health issues
- responsibilities of accredited veterinarian, including emergency disease responsibilities
- livestock welfare issues
- use of veterinary laboratories.
The course is self-paced and takes about 4 hours to complete.
You can learn more and enrol in the APAV course on the Animal Health Australia (AHA) website.
After you have completed the APAV course, you are eligible to complete the AAVet course. This course covers the:
- Australian legislative framework for the livestock export industry
- AAV responsibilities
- livestock export process, including the livestock export chain
- the AEP, pre-export preparation and onboard management.
The course is self-paced. It takes about 6 hours to complete.
When you complete the course, you must pay a course fee to AHA.
You can learn more and enroll in the program on the Animal Health Australia website.
Once you have done the courses, complete the Application for accreditation as an Accredited Veterinarian for livestock form.
Email it to our Live Animal Export Branch national office.
Along with your application form, you must also submit:
- a certified copy of your registration from your veterinary practitioners registration board
- your AAVet course completion certificate
- evidence of payment for AAVet course
- a signed citizenship declaration if you are applying to be a shipboard AAV. The declaration is in Section E of the application form.
Guidelines for the identification and management of material interests for AAVs
- When applying to be an AAV you need to declare all interests under section 9-13 of the Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021. This document is a guideline for this process and details:
- information on material interests, including how to identify, disclose, and manage them
- examples of material interests and possible mitigation strategies
- what we do with a material interest declaration.
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You must pay an application fee before we can approve your application.
For details of live animal export fees and charges, see our charging guidelines.
Once approved, your accreditation lasts up to 5 years from the date of notice. You must also maintain your veterinary registration in the state or territory you practice.
If you have given us permission, we will share your contact details with exporters. This allows them to engage your services. You may also contact exporters.