ABOUT THE BOARD
Subject to the Minister, the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board is responsible for administering the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960 as amended.
More specifically it:
- registers persons holding approved qualifications as veterinary surgeons or veterinary specialists;
- registers the practice of veterinary surgery by a body corporate;
- registers premises for use as a veterinary hospital or clinic;
- approves qualified persons to carry out the duties of veterinary nurses and authorises persons enrolled in approved courses to perform the duties of trainee veterinary nurses;
- authorises laypersons to perform prescribed veterinary services;
- ensures the maintenance of appropriate professional standards by registered veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, trainee veterinary nurses, veterinary students and authorised persons;
- investigates allegations of unprofessional conduct against veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, laypersons performing acts of veterinary surgery without being appropriately authorised;
- where appropriate refers cases to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) or court for the prosecution of persons who have allegedly breached the Act; and
- recommends the level of prescribed fees pertaining to the administration of the Act.
The Veterinary Surgeons’ Board has a Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2023.