Registration Requirement - Veterinary Nurses

08 January 2019

Veterinary nursing became a regulated profession in the State on 1 January 2008 under the Veterinary Practice Act 2005. The Council maintains the Register of Veterinary Nurses and only persons whose names are entered and retained in the Register are entitled to practise veterinary nursing in the State. The Veterinary Practice Act 2005 and the Veterinary Practice (Amendment) Act 2012 lays down in section 91 the procedures which only registered veterinary nurses can carry out, any non-registered person carrying out these procedures will be guilty of an offence under the Act and leave themselves open to prosecution. The title 'veterinary nurse' can only be used by those registered with the Veterinary Council. For further information on the above please view the Veterinary Nursing Circular.

Please review the Registrable Veterinary Nursing Qualifications document which will provide you with  the qualifications that are automatically registrable in Ireland.

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.

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 nurses is dependent on the time of registering – please view the 2019 Veterinary Council Registration Fees.