Services for the Public

The principal function of the Council is to regulate and manage the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in the State in the public interest.

The Council is made up of 19 members, 9 elected Veterinary Practitioners, 1 elected Veterinary Nurse and 9 appointed members.

The Veterinary Council maintains the Registers of Veterinary Practitioners, Veterinary Nurses and Certificates of Suitability. You can check an entry on each Register by choosing the highlighted text below.

Register of Veterinary Practitioners - the Register of all veterinary practitioners who are legally permitted to carry out acts of veterinary medicine in Sate.

Register of Veterinary Nurses – the Register of all veterinary nurses who are legally permitted to carry out acts of veterinary nursing in the State.

Register of Certificates of Suitability – the Register of all veterinary premises which must be registered under the Council's mandatory Premises Accreditation Scheme (PAS) and hold a Certificate of Suitability (COS).

The Council also sets the standards for veterinary education and in Ireland. It oversees the continuing veterinary education of registrants which is mandatory for renewing a Licence to Practise each year.

The Veterinary Council is also where the public may make a complaint about a registered veterinary practitioner or veterinary nurse. The Veterinary Council regulates veterinary practitioners and veterinary nurses and a complaint is made in respect of the individual and not the veterinary practice, clinic or hospital. Complaints should be made in writing by completing an application form which must be submitted by post. The Council cannot take complaints over the phone. See the complaints tab on the left which will guide you through the process.