Vascular Surgery Training

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the principal body for the training and education of surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.  Accreditation is given by the Australian Medical Council, on behalf of the Medical Board of Australia, and the Medical Council of New Zealand to conduct training and education of surgeons in all specialties in Australia and New Zealand.

RACS collaborates with the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery, as an agent of RACS, to administer the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program.

The Board of Vascular Surgery has oversight for the conduct of the SET training program in Vascular Surgery, reporting to the Board of Surgical Education and Training.

Vascular Surgery is a specialty of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction. The SET Program in Vascular Surgery is designed to provide trainees with clinical and operative experience to enable them to manage patients with conditions that relate to the specialty, including becoming familiar with the techniques related to the discipline. At the conclusion of the SET Program trainees will have a detailed knowledge of the surgical conditions recognised as belonging to the specialty of Vascular surgery and will be able to perform as independent practitioners, meeting the requirements of all identified RACS competencies.


Training Regulations Handbook

Major and Minor procedures classification 

Research Requirement 

Research Requirement for trainees commencing in 2022

Ultrasound Requirement

Assessment (clinical)

Vascular In-Training Assessment Form

ANZSVS – Consultation Observation – 2024

ANZSVS – Endovascular Procedure Observation – 2024

ANZSVS – Open Surgery Observation – 2024

ANZSVS – Ultrasound Observation – 2024

ANZSVS – Case Based Discussion – 2024

Logbook (example only, trainee logbooks are completed in AVA)

Trainee Hospital Post Evaluation Form

360 Assessment Form 

Assessment (examinations)

Generic Surgical Sciences Examination

Clinical Examination

Vascular Surgical Science Examination

Fellowship Examination 


The College is responsible for setting the policies that govern Surgical Education and Training.  To access the policies please click here to be directed to the RACS website.