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Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936 – 23 September 2013

Veterinary Surgeons Regulation 2016 – 1 September 2016

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Every veterinary surgeon shall pay to the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland the prescribed annual fee and every veterinary surgeon who is a veterinary specialist shall pay to the board such additional annual fee as is prescribed (before 31 January in each year). If fees are not paid on time, the veterinarian may be removed from the register/s kept by the board.

  • Sections 4, 16, 17, 24

A person shall be entitled to be registered as a veterinary surgeon if the person applies to the board in the approved form and satisfies the board that the person is of good fame and character, and possesses the skills, knowledge and ability efficiently to practise veterinary science in the State. Note: The board may refuse an application for registration as a veterinary surgeon if the board is satisfied the applicant is not medically fit to practise veterinary science.

  • Sections 18, 18A, 18B, 19, 19A, 19B, 19E, 20; Regulations 20, Schedule 1

A veterinary surgeon shall be entitled to be registered as a veterinary specialist if the veterinary surgeon applies to the board in the approved form, pays the prescribed fee and satisfies the board (among other matters) that he or she has gained special skill in the veterinary specialty with respect to which he or she applies to be registered; and the special skill was gained in practising veterinary science for a period of at least 5 years.

  • Sections 19C, 19CA, 19D, 20; Regulations 21, 22, Schedule 2

A person aggrieved by the conduct of a veterinary surgeon who desires to complain of such conduct may furnish to the board the person’s complaint in writing.

  • Sections 22, 22D, 22F, 33C

A person may apply in the approved form to the board for approval to use premises as veterinary premises.

  • Sections 25A, 25B, 25C, 25D, 25E, 25F, 25G, 29A; Regulation 23

A person must not conduct a veterinary practice other than at veterinary premises.

  • Section 25L

A person who is not a veterinary surgeon must not practise veterinary science. For the definition of ‘veterinary science’, refer to section 2A of the Act.

  • Sections 2, 2A, 25M, Schedule; Regulation 3

A veterinary surgeon must, for each animal treated by the veterinary surgeon, keep a record including: (a) the animal’s identifying details; and (b) consultation details.

  • Regulation 24
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Relevant links

Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland

Search the register of veterinary surgeons and specialists

Forms

Storybook Farm (Sanctuary for disabled and special needs animals)

Commonwealth Veterinary Association

World Organisation for Animal Health

Animal Biomechanical Professionals Australia

Critique

Sections 16, 22 and 32 contain the phrase ‘prima facie’. This phrase may not be understood by members of the public.

Regulation 23 of the Veterinary Surgeons Regulation 2002 contains the phrase ‘locum tenens’. This phrase may not be understood by members of the public.

In the interests of biosecurity, the record-keeping timeframe set out in regulation 24 of the Veterinary Surgeons Regulation 2002 may be increased.

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