21 March 2022
To advise accredited veterinarians (AAVs) and other stakeholders that the Accredited Veterinarian course (AAVet Course) has been updated and published.
- The AAVet course material has been updated to reflect current requirements of AAVs, including revised legislation, processes and standards changes, and is now available on the Animal Health Australia website.
- Updates to the department’s AAV webpages provide instructions on how to apply to be an AAV, information on the role of an AAV in the export of livestock and additional resources for current AAVs.
- Two documents have also been published on our website to assist AAVs and potential AAVs:
- Registered veterinarians must complete the AAVet course prior to applying to become an AAV with the department. Animal Health Australia hosts the course on behalf of the department. This is the first major update of the AAVet course since 2013.
- Existing AAVs are not required to complete the revised AAVet course. Existing AAVs have undertaken additional learnings included in the course, at the time of the release of the updated Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) and introduction of the Export Control Act 2020 (the Act) and the Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021.
- Although not required, existing AAVs can elect to retake the course to update their knowledge. Please be aware, there may be a fee associated with retaking the course.
- The AAVet course is an online training course for registered veterinarians who wish to be accredited to do the veterinary tests, treatments and examinations for pre-export component of livestock exporters’ Approved Export Program, or to accompany an export livestock voyage, also under an Approved Export Program.
- The guideline for the identification and management of material interests of AAVs details how an AAV can fulfil their obligations concerning the identification, disclosure and management of all interests, pecuniary or otherwise. Examples of material interests and possible mitigation strategies are explained along with information on what the department will do if a material interest is identified.
- Further information on the AAVet course and AAVs can be found on the AAV webpages.
Live Animal Export Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Phone: 02 6272 4581