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Radiation use licence for veterinary purposes

Any person who uses a radiation source (X-ray equipment, laser apparatus or radioactive substances) for veterinary purposes must have a use licence issued under the Radiation Safety Act 1999. This includes:

  • veterinary surgeons
  • veterinary technologists
  • veterinary nurses.

A use licence can be for 1, 2, or 3 years. Applications to renew your licence must be made before your current licence expires.

Fast-track application

Form 5 is designed to be a 'fast-track' option that suits most applicants applying to use plain-film diagnostic radiography for veterinary purposes. This form should only be completed electronically; hand written applications will not be fast-tracked.

If your application is successful and you include all the required details, you should receive your licence within 10 business days.

Form 5 - Application for a Licence to Use Ionising Radiation Apparatus for Veterinary Purposes (PDF 1262 kB).

Standard application

Complete Form 2 if you:

  • can't complete the form using the selections in Form 5
  • use radiation sources other than plain-film diagnostic X-ray equipment.

Form 2 - Application for a Licence to Use a Radiation Source (PDF 1551 kB)

Submit your application

Make sure you provide all of the requested details of your qualifications, training and prior experience. Otherwise your application will be delayed while we follow up the required information.

Submit to Radiation Health:

  • completed application form, signed and dated
  • certified copies of your qualifications or training
  • if applicable, evidence of professional registration
  • evidence of experience
  • certified copies of your proof of identity documents
  • prescribed fee.

Application and licence fees

Fees are updated on 1 October each year and are detailed on the application form. The application fee is not refunded if the application is unsuccessful.

Last updated: 26 July 2019