Racing Victoria has taken steps to help increase industry standards and improve licensee accountability by introducing a new veterinary permit.

The introduction of the new veterinary permit means that from 1 October 2021 licensed trainers must use a permitted veterinarian for any veterinary services provided to a horse under their care that is in training and/or competing in Victoria.

The veterinary permit was a key recommendation in the Fair Racing for All Report endorsed by the RV Board in October 2019 following consultation with industry participants and stakeholders.

Subsequently, feedback was sought from the Australian Trainers’ Association and Equine Veterinarians Australia on the new rules pertaining to permitted veterinarians to help shape the parameters of the Veterinary Permit Policy.

The full Veterinary Permit Policy, which outlines a permitted veterinarian’s obligations and RV Stewards’ powers under the Rules of Racing can be accessed by clicking here.

To apply for or renew a Veterinary Permit click here.

If you have any questions about the Veterinary Permit Application process, please email our licensing team at