About the course

The AAVet course is an online training course for veterinarians who wish to be accredited to undertake Approved Export Programs (AEP) for livestock. An AEP must only be carried out by an Australian Government Accredited Veterinarian (AAV).

In order to become an AAV, veterinarians must meet several requirements (see below) and complete an application process – a part of which is the completion of the AAVet course.

The course aims to provide prospective AAVs an overview of the Australian livestock export industry, our legislative framework for exporting livestock, international animal health and trade organisations, AEP and the roles and responsibilities of AAVets.

What you’ll learn

For veterinarians who wish to be involved in the pre-export preparation or shipboard services for livestock. The AAVet course is a prerequisite for accreditation as an AAV. It is designed to inform veterinarians involved in pre-export preparation and/or shipboard services for livestock of their legislative responsibilities.

Prospective AAVets must also meet other requirements, as determined by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, before becoming AAVet-accredited. This includes (but may not be limited to):

  • being a registered veterinarian by the relevant state or territory veterinary surgeons’ board from which the veterinarian is intending to conduct export work
  • holding a current Australian Program for Accredited Veterinarians (APAV) accreditation
  • submitting a completed application form to the Australian Government, supported with relevant documentation
  • paying an application fee to the Australian Government
  • paying a renewal fee to the Australian Government to maintain ongoing accreditation
  • Please note that a course administration fee of $250.00 must be paid to AHA before accessing the course materials.

This course takes approximately 6 hours to complete, depending on background and experience within the industry.

Course content

Having completed the course, learners should have a good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of AAVs and the context within which they operate. This is achieved through modules that cover:

  • the Australian livestock export industry
  • international organisations and agreements that affect the livestock export industry
  • importing country requirements
  • the Australian legislative framework for the livestock export industry
  • the livestock export chain
  • the AEP
  • AEPs in action: pre-export preparation
  • AEPs in action: onboard management.


To access this training, you will need to log in to the Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) learning management platform. Access is free and available to anyone with an interest in biosecurity. If you are not already a member, then you will need to register and create a new account.

For help with BOLT, please contact [email protected].

delivery method

Online Virtual training conducted entirely through digital platforms, allowing participants to learn remotely.

course provided by

Animal Health Australia

Course Length

360 mins




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