Got a question about how the Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians (APAV) works? Check out our FAQ below.
Section one – initial application
What are the steps to becoming an APAV Veterinarian?
- Visit the AHA online training site and register. Once you have registered you will need to click on the Browse Learning box. This will take you to our course catalogue. You will then need to enrol in the APAV Registration Course.
- Follow the online APAV Registration Course and pass the online quizzes. The ‘Summary’ screen will confirm completion and direct prospective APAV veterinarians to complete the online Application for Accreditation.
- Complete and submit the online Application for Accreditation. The system will automatically forward the Application to the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) in the state or territory of the Applicant’s residence for decision.
- Pay an Accreditation Fee to Animal Health Australia. If Application for Accreditation is approved by the CVO, Applicants will be emailed a request to pay the Accreditation Fee. Following receipt of payment the Applicant will be issued an Accreditation Number and the Applicant’s details will be placed on the National Register. Accreditation commences when the Applicant is issued an Accreditation Number.
I have completed the APAV online Registration Course and would like to apply for Accreditation. What do I do next?
At the completion of the online APAV Registration Course (including quizzes) the ‘Summary’ page will display an option to complete an online Application for Accreditation. Alternatively, prospective APAV veterinarians can download and complete a hardcopy application form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have completed the APAV online Registration Course and would like a certificate of completion. What do I do next?
At the completion of the online APAV Registration Course (including quizzes) navigate back to the ‘My Learning’ page which show the APAV Registration Course tab. The tab will now display an award image. Click on the image to download a certificate of completion.
I have not received an email requesting payment of the Accreditation Fee.
Please ensure you have completed either the online Application for Accreditation form or a hard copy application form AND waited two weeks for processing by your Chief Veterinary Officer. If you have completed an Application for Accreditation and have not received an email requesting payment of the Accreditation Fee by two weeks, please contact the APAV administrator at email@example.com.
Section two – general administration
How do I update my personal details that appear on the APAV National Register?
1. To update personal details, login to the APAV database management system via the National Register home page.
- Your username is your first initial followed by surname. E.g. John Smith’s username would be jsmith.
- Your password is the same password you used to register for the online Registration Course.
2. Navigate to the ‘Manage’ tab.
3. Edit your personal contact details, making sure that you click the ‘save changes’ button at the bottom of the page prior to logging out.
*Please note: If you have forgotten your password, please click on the ‘Forgotten your password?’ link displayed in the login box (APAV Database Management System Program Personnel Login) of the National Register home page.
- If you continue to have difficulty please email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a password reset.
Changes to surname and veterinary board registration details can only be made by the APAV Administrator. Please contact email@example.com
Is my Accreditation current?
Renewal of Accreditation will be granted on an annual basis, subject to payment of the annual Fee determined by Animal Health Australia and satisfactory performance by the Accredited Veterinarian (APAV Policy and Procedures 8 b);
To check if your Accreditation is current, visit the National Register of Accredited Veterinarians, navigate to the ‘Search’ page, and enter your search terms.
How do I get a copy of my APAV accreditation certificate?
When you initially became accredited under APAV, you would have received an electronic certificate containing your registration number. If you need a replacement copy, you can request one from the administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I re-access the online APAV Registration Course if I have lost my login details?
My name is erroneously omitted from the National Register. What do I do?
Please contact the administrator at email@example.com.
Section three – renewal of accreditation
What do the APAV Policy and Procedures say about renewal?
- Renewal will be granted on an annual basis, subject to payment of the annual Fee determined by Animal Health Australia and satisfactory performance by the Accredited Veterinarian (8 b);
- Accredited Veterinarians must undertake Further Accreditation Training as notified to them in writing by Animal Health Australia or the Chief Veterinary Officer as the case may be (5.2 a).
How often do I have to renew my Accreditation?
Annually, within 70 days of your Accreditation anniversary date.
How do I pay the annual fee?
Accredited Veterinarians should receive an automatically generated renewal notice email approximately 70 days prior to their Accreditation anniversary date. The email includes a link to the APAV payment system to receive your payment.
Renewal notices are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org and Accredited Veterinarians should take steps to ensure that renewal notices from this address are not redirected to junk email folders. If you think you are not receiving automatically generated renewal notice emails please contact the administrator at email@example.com.
Payment of the annual renewal Fee can be made within 70 days of your Accreditation anniversary date by logging into the APAV Database Management System at the National Register of Accredited Veterinarians. The home page will display your Program Information and will display a pay button which will take you to a payment page. Please see FAQ above if you have forgotten your username and/or password.
Do I need to recomplete the Accreditation course (i.e. refresher training)?
Animal Health Australia will specifically notify Accredited Veterinarians by email when refresher training is required. Refresher training is successful completion of the current APAV Registration Course. Accredited Veterinarians will need to meet the requirement for refresher training to renew their Accreditation and must retain a copy of their certificate of completion.
What if I don’t pay the annual fee or complete refresher training when notified?
The registration of Accredited Veterinarians who don’t pay the annual renewal Fee and/or complete refresher training when notified, will expire. The National Register publishes the names of all Accredited Veterinarians and registrations expired within one year.
I renewed my approval for Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians and/or the Market Assurance Programs, do I still need to renew my APAV accreditation?
Yes. A current APAV Accreditation status is an eligibility requirement to participate in any APAV Operational Program (e.g. Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians or Market Assurance Programs). The National Register publishes the names of all Accredited Veterinarians and registrations expired within one year.
Where do my APAV fee payments go?
Animal Health Australia is required to recover the cost of implementing the APAV from Accredited Veterinarians. Animal Health Australia is a not-for-profit public company.
Section four – operational programs
I want to participate in an Operational Program (e.g. Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians and Market Assurance Programs). What process do I need to follow?
Agencies may only give Approval to a veterinarian to engage in, or be engaged under, an APAV Operational Program if that veterinarian is an Accredited Veterinarian (Policy and Procedures 7.1).
To participate in an Operational Program, veterinarians first need to be Accredited (APAV Registration Course and application) and Approved under an Operational Program.
The term ‘Accredited’ means accredited under APAV in the manner set out in the APAV Policy and Procedures and ‘Approval’ means recognition for engagement in APAV Operational Programs.
The Australian Government also uses the term ‘Accredited’ in reference to Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians, an Operational Program of APAV.
I was an APAV Veterinarian however my renewal has lapsed. I would like to re-establish my Accreditation.
You need to complete the current APAV Registration Course and submit an Application.
|You are not an Accredited Veterinarian until your Application has been approved and the registration fee is paid. The National Register publishes the name of all Accredited Veterinarians and is current at the time of enquiry.|
I want to be able to complete pre-export preparations for companion animals. What training/accreditation do I require?
There is no APAV Operational Program for companion animal export veterinarians. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment made changes to the requirements for veterinarians preparing companion animals for export in early 2018. Please refer to their website for more information.
I want to export reproductive animal material from Australia. What training/accreditation do I require?
A veterinarian who is fully registered in their state – and wishes to collect embryos must have successfully completed the APAV accreditation as a pre requisite before he/she can apply for accreditation from AVA’s Australian Reproduction Veterinarians special interest group. They conduct a written exam and some practical modules as well. It’s best to speak to AVA (best contact person: Anne Cover) if you need further details about their accreditation process. The written exam includes a section on export procedures. For enquiries and general information about preparing reproductive material for export please contact the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
What qualification do I need to export horses overseas?
There are no specific accreditation requirements for veterinarian to prepare horses for export. For enquiries related to preparing horses for export please contact your regional Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Animal Export office.
What qualifications do I need to participate in the Q-Alpaca program?
What do I need to do to become accredited for CAE certification work?
Caprine arthritis encephalitis accreditation programs are managed by the state and territory government agencies. Some states may require a veterinarian to be APAV Accredited as a prerequisite. For further information please contact your state or territory agriculture department.
What do I need to do in order to give rabies vaccinations?
APAV Accreditation and APAV Operational Programs hold no requirement regarding administering rabies vaccines. Further information can be obtained from your regional Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Animal Export office.