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Veterinary practices

This page provides advice on how to apply for licences to possess and use radiation apparatus for veterinary diagnostic radiography.

Veterinary use licence application kit

Any person who uses radiation apparatus (X-ray equipment) for veterinary purposes must hold an appropriate use licence issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999.  To apply for a licence, the following steps should be followed:

Step 1

Read the following information sheet which outlines the process by which veterinary surgeons, veterinary technologists or veterinary nurses may apply for a licence to use diagnostic X-ray equipment for veterinary purposes.

Step 2

Download and complete one of the following application forms.

Note:  Form 5 is intended to be used by the majority of persons seeking licences to use radiation apparatus for veterinary purposes. This application is intended for electronic completion to facilitate fast-tracking of applications. 
If Form 5 cannot be completed using the selections available within the form, Form 2 must be used .

Step 3

Submit the completed application form, with the supporting information as outlined in the application form, to Radiation Health.  The prescribed fee must accompany the application.

Possession licence application kit

Any person who possesses diagnostic radiation apparatus for veterinary radiography must hold an appropriate possession licence, issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999. To apply for a licence, the following steps should be followed:

Step 1

Download and complete the application form:

Step 2

Develop a radiation safety and protection plan which details the radiation protection measures that will be conducted by your practice.

For small animal plain film veterinary diagnostic radiography:

The following standard small animal plain film veterinary diagnostic radiography plan is available which may be adopted directly by your practice:

 

Use of the standard plan can result in significantly
faster consideration of a possession licence application.

Alternatively, information to assist in the development of your own plan is available, as follows:

It is important, before you make your decision, that you read the Standard Plan - Instruction Sheet.

Step 3

Submit the completed application form, with a signed and dated radiation safety and protection plan, to Radiation Health. The prescribed fee must accompany the application.

 

Product Advisory Warning - X-ray equipment via internet

You are advised to exercise caution about purchasing X-ray equipment over the internet. While X-ray equipment for sale via the internet may appear to be cheaper than that offered by established Australian distributors, the X-ray equipment may not meet the relevant radiation safety standard, may be hazardous and may not be approved for use.

Step 4

Once a possession licence has been granted, submit a completed application for approval to acquire a radiation apparatus form (PDF, 62KB) to Radiation Health. The prescribed fee must accompany the application.

Information sheets

The following links provide some background information on the legislated requirements applicable to possession and use licence applicants:

Possession Licensees

Use Licensees

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Last Updated: 20 January 2014
Last Reviewed: 08 October 2013