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VETERINARY PRACTICE ACT 2003


- As at 13 January 2023 
- Act 87 of 2003 

TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART 1 - PRELIMINARY

   1.      Name of Act
   2.      Commencement
   3.      Object of Act
   4.      Definitions
   5.      Notes
   6.      Mutual recognition laws

   PART 2 - RESTRICTED ACTS OF VETERINARY SCIENCE

   7.      Restricted acts of veterinary science
   8.      Establishment of advisory committee

   PART 3 - PRACTICE OF VETERINARY SCIENCE

   9.      Offence for unregistered person to do restricted acts of veterinary science
   10.     Unregistered person may not recover fees or charges for doing restricted acts of veterinary science
   11.     Offence relating to representation of unqualified person to be veterinary practitioner
   12.     Offence to falsely represent person as holder of veterinary qualifications
   13.     Offence to practise as specialist unless registered as specialist
   14.     Offence of representing certain corporations and firms to be veterinary practices
   15.     Prohibition against directing or inciting misconduct
   16.     Signing certificates

   PART 4 - REGISTRATION OF VETERINARY PRACTITIONERS

           Division 1 - Registration procedures

   17.     Application to registration of Licensing and Registration (Uniform Procedures) Act 2002
   18.     Refusal of registration
   19.     Conditions of registration
   20.     Duration of registration

           Division 2 - Qualifications for registration

   21.     Qualifications for full registration
   22.     Qualifications for honorary registration
   23.     Qualifications for limited registration
   24.     Qualifications for provisional registration
   25.     Qualifications for specialist registration

           Division 3 - Cancellation and suspension of registration

   26.     Cancellation and suspension of registration
   27.     Removal of person's name from Register

           Division 4 - Register of veterinary practitioners

   28.     Register of veterinary practitioners
   29.     General provisions relating to Register
   30.     Annual registration fees
   31.     Change of particulars to be notified
   32.     Evidentiary certificates

           Division 5 - Returns and information

   33.     Annual return to be submitted

           Division 6 - Review of registration decisions

   34.     Tribunal may administratively review certain registration decisions

   PART 4A - RECOGNITION OF INTERSTATE VETERINARY PRACTITIONERS

   34A.    Definitions
   34B.    Recognition of veterinary practitioners registered in other jurisdictions
   34C.    Application of Act to veterinary practitioners with deemed registration
   34D.    Conditions or limitations of deemed registration
   34E.    Suspension and cancellation of deemed registration
   34F.    Arrangements between the Board and interstate registration authorities

   PART 5 - COMPLAINTS AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

           Division 1 - Interpretation

   35.     Definitions
   36.     Application of Part
   37.     Veterinary practitioners code of professional conduct

           Division 2 - Complaints

   38.     Persons who may make complaints
   38A.    Time limit for making complaints
   39.     Withdrawal of complaint
   40.     Form of complaint
   40A.    Protection of complainants and other persons
   41.     Board to notify person against whom complaint is made
   42.     Board to investigate complaints
   43.     Proceedings before Board in respect of complaints
   44.     Power to summon witnesses and take evidence
   44A.    Protection from incrimination
   45.     Powers of Board in investigation in respect of veterinary practitioners
   45A.    Board may require practitioner to undergo examination
   46.     Power to dismiss certain complaints
   47.     Decision after investigation of complaint
   48.     Person may apply to Tribunal for administrative review of disciplinary finding of Board
   49.     Delegation of Board's functions under this Part to committee

           Division 3 - Applications to Tribunal for disciplinary findings

   50.     Board may apply to Tribunal for disciplinary finding
   51.     Tribunal's powers when complaint proved
   52.     (Repealed)
   53.     Restoration of registration
   54.     Recording of proceedings and orders of Tribunal, Board and committees

           Division 4 - Confidentiality issues

   55.     Duty of confidentiality of client communications
   56.     (Repealed)
   56A.    Confidentiality of health reports about veterinary practitioners

           Division 5 - (Repealed)
           None

           Division 6 - Notification and publication of disciplinary action

   58.     Definitions
   58A.    Notification of disciplinary action to interstate registration authorities
   59.     Publicising disciplinary action
   60.     Register of disciplinary action
   61.     Quashing of disciplinary action
   62.     Liability for publicising disciplinary action
   63.     General

   PART 6 - VETERINARY HOSPITALS

           Division 1 - Offences relating to veterinary hospitals

   64.     Meaning of "major surgery"
   65.     Premises required to be licensed as a veterinary hospital
   66.     Unlicensed premises not to be represented as veterinary hospital
   67.     Requirement to have qualified superintendent
   68.     Requirement to display information

           Division 2 - Licensing procedures

   69.     Application to licensing of Licensing and Registration (Uniform Procedures) Act 2002
   70.     Refusal of licence
   71.     Conditions of licences
   72.     Duration of licence
   73.     Annual licence fee
   74.     Suspension or cancellation of licence
   75.     Administrative reviews by the Tribunal

   PART 7 - VETERINARY PRACTITIONERS BOARD

   76.     Constitution of Board
   77.     Membership of Board
   78.     President of the Board
   79.     Functions of Board
   80.     Staff of the Board
   81.     Committees
   82.     Delegation of functions

   PART 8 - FINANCE

   83.     Board to establish and maintain account at financial institution
   84.     Investment of money
   85.     Financial year of Board
   86.     Consultation on fees
   87.     Waiver, reduction or refund of fees by Board
   88.     Recovery of fees and fines
   89.     Reviews of revenue strategies

   PART 9 - POWERS OF INSPECTORS

   90.     Appointment of inspectors
   91.     Power of entry and examination

   PART 9A - (Repealed)
   None

   PART 10 - MISCELLANEOUS

   92.     Annual meeting of veterinary profession
   93.     Application of Criminal Records Act 1991
   94.     How notice is to be given
   95.     Service of documents on Board
   96.     Liability of members and others
   97.     Written statement of decisions
   98.     Authentication of certain documents
   99.     Liability of directors etc for offences by corporation--accessory to the commission of the offences
   100.    Proceedings for offences
   101.    Penalty notices
   102.    Regulations
   103.    Act to bind Crown
   104.    Repeal of Veterinary Surgeons Act 1986 No 55 and related regulation
   105.    (Repealed)
   106.    Savings, transitional and other provisions
   107.    Review of Act
           SCHEDULE 1
           SCHEDULE 2
           Schedule 3 (Repealed)
           SCHEDULE 4


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