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Consultation on Implementation of the Veterinary Practice Act 2018

Following consultation with the veterinary profession and community in late 2017, the Veterinary Practice Act 2018 (the Act) was passed through the ACT Legislative Assembly on 23 August 2018. We appreciate your engagement and contributions to this important piece of work.

Next Steps

The Act is due to commence on 21 December 2018. Before this can happen the ACT veterinary profession and stakeholders are invited to submit comments and feedback on the Veterinary Practice Regulation 2018, Premises Standards and Practitioners Code of Professional Conduct. Your feedback and comments will help us to effectively implement the Act.

Comments and Feedback

Submissions should be made, in writing, to the Veterinary Practitioners Board Secretariat, by 30 November 2018:

Mail: Executive Officer
ACT Veterinary Surgeons Board
GPO Box 158


Code of Conduct (PDF 123KB) | Word version (DOC 73KB)
Premises Standards (PDF 162KB) | Word version (DOC 116KB)
Veterinary Practice Regulation (PDF 69KB) | Word version (DOC 94KB)

Veterinary Practice Regulation 2018 (Regulation)

The Regulation has been modelled on the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Regulation 2013.

The majority of the clauses in the Regulation relate to the annual general meeting.

Schedule 1 of the Regulation contains the Restricted Acts of Veterinary Science. These will not change at this stage, but there will be an opportunity to comment on them in 2019.

Veterinary Premises Standards (the Standards)

The Standards, established under Section 72 of the Act, requires that all veterinary premises in the ACT must make an application for registration under the new legislation from May 2019. The Standards are to be used as a guideline for the minimum acceptable requirements for veterinary premises.

Types of veterinary premises that must apply for registration are:

  • Mobile veterinary clinic - means a vehicle, including a trailer, that may be moved from one location to another, and is modified to operate as a veterinary clinic;
  • Mobile veterinary hospital - means a vehicle, including a trailer, that may be moved from one location to another, and is modified to operate as a veterinary hospital;
  • Veterinary clinic - means premises where a restricted act of veterinary science, including major veterinary surgery, may be carried out;
  • Veterinary consulting room - means premises where a restricted act of veterinary science (other than major veterinary surgery or emergency care) may be carried out;
  • Veterinary hospital - means premises where a restricted act of veterinary science, including major veterinary surgery and emergency care, may be carried out, and a higher level of diagnostic facilities than are available at a veterinary clinic is provided.

To ensure compliance with the Standard, all premises will undergo inspections by the ACT Veterinary Practitioners Board every four years, with initial inspections to be undertaken in July and August 2019.

Veterinary Practitioners Code of Professional Conduct (Code of Conduct)

The Code of Conduct, established under Section 42 of the Act, establishes the standard of conduct veterinary practitioners must adhere to when practicing veterinary science.

The Code of Conduct will be used by the Board to assess complaints. It also provides veterinary practitioners with information on appropriate conduct.

The Code of Conduct is modelled on the NSW veterinary legislations code of conduct but also includes standards for continuing professional development.

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