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 signifies that the the candidate is expected to demonstrate a high level of interest and competence in a given area of veterinary activity. This is judged by that standard of knowledge and understanding, practical skills, attitude, methodology and communication which would make the person suitable to give professional advice to veterinary colleagues not similarly qualified on problems or procedures often encountered or used in general practice, in the relevant area of veterinary endeavour.

Membership Examination Resources: 

         Applications for the 2019 subject examinations are closed.  Intention to sit applications will only be accepted.



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 2019:

  • Written examinations: Tuesday 4th June, 2019 (paper 1 in the morning and paper 2 in the afternoon)
  • Practical and Oral examinations: from June 29th to July 1st, 2019 at the QT Hotel, Gold Coast, Australia

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: