Registration Requirement - Veterinary Practitioners

It is a legal requirement and, therefore, essential that you register with the Veterinary Council prior to engaging in any type of veterinary work in Ireland.

Veterinary Practitioners

The Register of Veterinary Practitioners ("the Register") is maintained by the Council pursuant to The Veterinary Practice Act 2005 and particularly to Part 4. Under Section 54 of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005 it is illegal for anyone not on the Register to practise veterinary medicine. Any non-registered person carrying out act(s) of veterinary medicine as defined in Section 53 of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005 will be guilty of an offence under the Act and leave themselves open to prosecution.

Please review the registrable qualifications tab on the left which will provide you with a listing by Country of the qualifications that are automatically registrable in Ireland. This table will also provide you with additional documentation that may be required in respect of your Country of qualification.

You may initially apply for registration by creating and logging into an online registration account. However, unless you have graduated in Ireland, in order to continue the registration process you will need to supply certified copies (and original English translations) of the requested documents and these must be sent to our offices by post.

The following documents must accompany your application:-


Certified copy

Original English Translation

Academic Qualification


If applicable



If applicable

ID page of Passport


Not applicable

In addition, you will also need to arrange that the Competent Regulatory Authority that you are currently registered with issues the Registrar of the Veterinary Council with a Letter of Good Professional Standing on your behalf.

Since 17 January 2017 as part of the application process a pre-registration declaration is required in respect of a language assessment process, which applies to applicants who did not study veterinary medicine in Ireland or the United Kingdom.

Your competed application will be reviewed and if everything is in order you will need to attend a registration appointment in person, unless you are an Irish graduate attending a ceremony at your university. The fee for veterinary practitioners is dependent on the time of registering – please view the Veterinary Council Fees 2019

A Registration Examination is available for Veterinary Practitioners who do not hold a registrable qualification or who do not qualify for registration. Download the Registration Examination application form.