During consultation with the veterinary profession in 2018 on the Veterinary Practice Regulation 2018 (the Regulation), the ACT Veterinary Practitioners Board (the Board) advised that it would provide the veterinary profession, community and stakeholders with an opportunity to provide feedback on the Restricted Acts of Veterinary Science (Restricted Acts of VS) in 2019.
Provided in the below PDF is Schedule 1 - Restricted Acts of VS (PDF 428KB).
The Regulation was modelled on the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Regulation 2013 with the majority of the clauses in the Regulation relating to administrative functions of the Board.
Schedule 1 of the Regulation contains the Restricted Acts of VS. The Restricted Acts of VS are the same as NSW’s Restricted Acts of VS. This was done to ensure harmonisation between NSW and the ACT’s veterinary legislation, and due to further consultation being carried out on the Restricted Acts of VS in 2019.
Under the Act at Section 7 of the ACT’s Veterinary Practice Act 2018, the Board needs to seek approval from the Minister to amend or add Restricted Acts of VS. The Board must also before recommending to the Minister to change or add an Act of VS consider and investigate whether the act should be restricted as it could:
The Board is carrying out a review on the Restricted Acts of VS using the above criteria under Section 7 of the Act. The Board is now seeking comments from the veterinary profession, stakeholders and the public on the Restricted Acts of VS.
As advised during consultation on the Regulation in 2018, the Board has identified a potential animal welfare issue in the Restricted Acts of VS relating to dental procedures being performed by non-veterinary professionals in the ACT. Please note this will be one area of focus for the Board during the review.
Comments and submissions should be made, in writing, to the Veterinary Practitioners Board Secretariat:
ACT Veterinary Practitioners Board
GPO Box 158
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Officials in Transport Canberra and City Services are also available to discuss the Restricted Acts of VS on 02 6207 0012.
Consultation on the Restricted Acts of VS will run for six weeks, and will close on Friday, 20 December 2019.
The outcomes of the consultation with the veterinary profession, stakeholders and the public will help inform the Board’s review of the Restricted Acts of VS. Once consultation has closed and the review by the Board completed, the Board will prepare a report for the Minister for City Services, Chris Steel. This process could see amendments to the Restricted Acts of VS. Should amendments occur, further consultation on them will be carried out with the veterinary profession, stakeholders and the public.
The Regulation mainly relates to the annual general meeting that will commence in 2019 under Section 92 of the Act.
Schedule 1 of the Regulation contains the Restricted Acts of Veterinary Science that have been modelled on those in NSW. These will the subject of a review in 2019. The Board encourages you to watch out for your opportunity to provide comments during consultation.
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.
More information on premises registration can be found on the premises registration page.
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.