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Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians (APAV)

APAV is the national program designed to integrate private veterinary practitioners into the national animal health system to support the international standing of Australia’s animal health service capability.

The program aims to have an internationally recognised process for accrediting non-government veterinarians for involvement in government and industry animal disease programs.

Animal Health Australia maintains a database of APAV accredited veterinarians’ details to facilitate engagement of accredited veterinarians by governments or industries with responsibility for APAV operational programs. The APAV requires these agencies to conduct audits of the APAV veterinarians employed in their programs.

Why should Australia’s private vets participate?

Accreditation under APAV provides the opportunity for private veterinarians to expand their services and participate in government sponsored programs such as Market Assurance Programs (MAP) and the Australian Government Accredited Export Veterinarian program (AAVet).

Initial APAV accreditation

To gain initial APAV accreditation requires enrolment and completion of the APAV online Training. Click here to register for the training.

The training is free for anyone wishing to learn about the Australian animal health system, however in order to become officially accredited the user must be a registered veterinarian and complete the application form at the end of the training with a copy of their vet board registration. The application will then be processed by the relevant jurisdictional CVOs office for approval. Following approval a link will be provided to pay an accreditation fee. To remain accredited, an annual accreditation fee is charged thereafter with a renewal email reminder sent to the vet.

Table 1 APAV Fee Schedule as of 1 July 2016

Fees Amount
Initial Accreditation Fee (first year) $150.00
Renewal Fee (subsequent years) $75.00

Current accreditation in the APAV program is essential to keep accredited in other operational programs such as AAVET and MAP. If APAV accreditation lapses, the other accreditation programs also lapse.

You may then seek approval by a state, territory or Commonwealth agency to carry out duties in relation to specific APAV Operational Programs. Responsible agencies may require further training specific to their APAV Operational Programs, be undertaken prior to approval being granted.

Veterinarians should read the APAV Policies and Procedures – 2016 before commencing training.


It is important to note that accreditation under APAV qualifies but does not entitle private veterinarians to become involved in operational activities. Further training and assessment in the requirements of specific operational programs must be successfully completed before provision of services can be approved by the Chief Veterinary Officer of the relevant jurisdiction. The current suite of operational programs includes:

CattleMAP has now closed. MAP training may be of value for veterinarians working with previous CattleMAP herds or Johne’s beef assurance score (J-BAS) 7 and 8 herds.

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture manages the Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians (AAV). This is an operational program for veterinarians who wish to be accredited to undertake Approved Export Programs for livestock export. More information on the accreditation process for AAV is available on the department’s website. 

Please note that the department has recently made changes to the requirements for veterinarians preparing companion animals for export. For further information on these changes please refer to the companion animal export veterinarian’s page of the department’s website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our APAV FAQ page for answers to some common questions about APAV and operational programs.


Animal Health Australia
Ph: 02 6232 5522

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Page reviewed: 09/12/2019