Pets & Animals

Licensing Policies

Under Section 54 of the Animals and Birds Act and the Animal & Birds (Veterinary Centres) Rules, any person who wishes to operate and maintain a premises as a veterinary clinic or hospital must obtain a licence from the Director-General, Agri-Food and Veterinary Services.

It is also their responsibility to keep themselves informed of and to observe all relevant statutory requirements. Copies of the legislation are available from:

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The licensee has to ensure that the veterinary surgeons under his employ are licensed by AVA and comply with the conditions of licensing or any directives that may be issued by the Director-General from time to time.

The veterinary centre must at all times be under the control and management of a veterinary surgeon, and is subject to inspection by the AVA.

Veterinarians

Licensing of Veterinarians


To practise veterinary medicine in Singapore, you are required to apply for a veterinary licence from the AVA.

Veterinary degrees from veterinary schools fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) are generally acceptable for licensing in Singapore. As a guide, veterinary degrees from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and veterinary degrees from US veterinary schools (AVMA-accredited) are generally recognisable. Please note that AVA does not recognise veterinarians who have obtained Membership to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) by virtue of EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

Veterinarians who hold veterinary degrees from non-recognised universities may still be eligible for licensing based on passes in the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership; North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE); Australian National Veterinary Examination (ANVE) or the New Zealand Veterinary Examination (NZNVE).

How to apply

Step 1: Complete application form

Download and complete the Application Form for Veterinary Licence

Provide information such as contact details in Singapore (e.g. residential address, practice address and contact telephone numbers), professional qualifications, etc.

Step 2: Attach supporting documents

Attach a copy each of the following documents to your application:

  • Letter of endorsement/employment from veterinary practice in Singapore, stating approximate starting date.
  • A certified true copy of your qualification certificate. Degrees in a foreign language must be officially translated.
  • A reference letter from the veterinary licensing authority in your country of residence and practice attesting to your character and good standing.
  • Your curriculum vitae (including personal particulars, photograph and history of past employment).
  • Clear scanned copy of NRIC (Singaporean/Singapore PR) or Passport (Foreigner).
  • Copy of MOM employment pass (if applicable).

Step 3: Submit application and documents

Submit your application form and supporting documents to Ms Cheryl Daludado at email: Cheryl_Inguito_DALUDADO@ava.gov.sg. It takes an estimated 10 to 14 working days to process an application that is complete and in order.

Each licence costs S$80.00 for 2 years or part thereof.

Step 4: AVA Veterinary Licensing Briefing

You will be required to attend the AVA Veterinary Licensing Briefing within one year of your licensure. You are to present the original qualification certificate for verification at this stage.

Licensing conditions

The licence issued is subject to the following conditions that:

  • You must comply fully with the Code of Ethics for Veterinarians and such amendments that may come into effect. The Code of Ethics aims to assure the community the best service of which veterinary surgeons are capable and to promote co-operation within the ranks of professionals.
  • You are required to work with an existing veterinary centre in Singapore in the first year after obtaining a licence to gain local experience.
  • You must inform AVA of any change in residential or practice address within 21 days of the change.
  • You must provide prescribed information of all microchip implantations performed on dogs to AVA. Please log on to https://ifast.ava.gov.sg/eserviceweb/ to submit microchip records.

For enquiries on microchip submission, please contact:

Ms Melissa Lee
Tel: (65) 6805 2550
Email: Melissa_LEE@ava.gov.sg

Compulsory Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for All AVA Licensed Veterinarians


For more information on CPE, refer to the CPE Frequently Asked Questions.

Licensed Veterinarians


For enquiries on licensed veterinarians in Singapore, please contact:

Ms Cheryl Daludado
Tel: (65) 6805 2521
Email: Cheryl_Inguito_DALUDADO@ava.gov.sg

Veterinary Centres

Licensing of Veterinary Centres


A licence from the Director-General, Agri-Food and Veterinary Services is required to operate and maintain a premises as a veterinary clinic or hospital .

It is also the licensee's responsibility to:

  • keep informed of and to observe all relevant statutory requirements, and
  • ensure that the veterinary surgeons under his employ are licensed by AVA and comply with the conditions of licensing or any directives that may be issued by the Director-General from time to time.

The veterinary centre must at all times be under the control and management of a veterinary surgeon. Note that the veterinary centre is subject to inspection by the AVA.

Code of Ethics

Veterinary surgeons working in any veterinary centre should act in accordance with the Code of Ethics for Veterinarians.

The purpose of the Code is to assure the community the best service of which veterinarians are capable and to promote co-operation within the ranks of the profession. In addition, exemplary professional conduct not only upholds honour and dignity, but also enlarges our sphere of usefulness, exalts our social standards and promotes the science we cultivate.

Fundamentally, there are 4 guiding principles for the veterinarians:

  1. To pursue the work of his profession with uprightness of conduct.
  2. To serve the community to the utmost of his ability.
  3. To constantly endeavour to ensure the welfare of animals committed to his care.
  4. To seek no personal advantage at the expense of his professional colleagues.
How to apply

Follow the steps listed in the Application Procedure.

Download, complete and submit the Application Form for a Licence for Veterinary Clinic/Hospital. It takes an estimated 14 to 21 working days to process an application that is complete and in order.

The fee payable for a veterinary centre is S$350 per year.

Licensing conditions

For more information, refer to the Conditions of Licensing for Veterinary Centres.

Reporting of Notifiable Diseases


Any suspicion or positive detection of diseases listed in the Schedule of the Animals and Birds (Disease) Notification must be reported to the AVA. This includes diseases detected in:

  • Locally obtained samples of animal or bird origin.
  • Imported samples of animal or bird origin.
  • Exported samples of animal or bird origin, regardless if the testing lab is based in Singapore or overseas.

For more information, refer to the list of notifiable diseases and disease reporting template.

List of Licensed Veterinary Centres


For more information on AVA-licensed veterinary centres, please see List of Licensed Vet Centres

Complaint

Lodging a Complaint Regarding Veterinary Medical Treatment Provided


The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) regulates veterinarians and assesses complaints regarding professional conduct. The client should, where possible, attempt to resolve the issue directly with the vet or the clinic’s vet manager. If the matter cannot be resolved or if direct resolution is not appropriate, a complaint can be lodged with the AVA. The aim of investigating a complaint is to maintain appropriate standards for the profession and the community. Valid complaints lodged are thoroughly assessed.

Guideline for lodging a complaint click here.


Veterinary Treatment Complaint Form click here.


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