The award of Membership of the College is conferred upon a veterinarian who is eligible to sit and successfully passes an examination in a given Membership subject.

Membership of the College is an official recognition of a veterinarian's knowledge and experience in a designated field of veterinary science. Membership is an indication to the profession and the general public of an advanced practitioner, representing a middle-tier of knowledge, competence and experience in a specific area of veterinary practice. Membership is not a specialist qualification. Membership requires examination with members signified by post-nominals MANZCVS. 

Membership Examination Resources: 


 All intending Candidates should thoroughly read the Membership Candidate Handbook and their Subject Guideline.

Subject Definition

The content of the examination is defined by both the subject title and the subject guidelines.


  • Candidates for Membership of the College should be eligible for registration as a veterinarian in an Australian State or in New Zealand. Council may at its discretion approve a candidate who has veterinary qualifications recognised as being equivalent to Australasian qualifications.
  • At least three and a half years must have elapsed since the Candidate’s original registrable veterinary degree was conferred before taking the examination, preferably in full-time employment.
  • Candidates who have not had the opportunity of working intensively in a limited field of activity and in a situation where an opportunity for learning from other veterinarians is available would be advised to prolong their preparation period to six or even eight years.


Applicants will be assessed on their knowledge and skills at the Membership examination. Performance in the Membership examination is assessed on the basis that the candidate shall achieve a pass mark of 70% or above as detailed in section 12.9 of the Membership Candidate Handbook.

Although Membership of the College indicates that the member has some expertise and competence in the nominated area, it is important to note that Fellowship is the College qualification that signifies the standard required by those seeking veterinary specialist registration.

Further information on Membership examinations can be found in the Membership Candidate Handbook.

Membership examination dates for 2020:

  • Written examinations: Tuesday 9th June, 2020 (paper 1 in the morning and paper 2 in the afternoon)
  • Practical and Oral examinations: from July 4th to 6th, 2020 at the QT Hotel, Gold Coast, Australia

Cost and closing date:

  • Applications closed for 2020 examinations - Intention to sit applications will only be processed
  • Membership Examination fee 2021 - To be confirmed
  • The administration component of the fee is 25% and is non-refundable. Candidates withdrawing from the examination less than 100 days prior to the written examination will forfeit the entire fee.
  • Please refer to Medicine of Cats UK page for dates and fee for this examination

Further information

Sharon Tinsley - Assistant College Manager
Telephone: +61 (7) 3423 2016    Email:


Examination feedback

The Board of Examiners has released the following candidate feedback from the College membership examinations: