AVA’s wish list to new SA government

In the lead-up to this weekend’s South Australia state election, the Australian Veterinary Association is calling on the incoming government to commit to making renting fairer for pet owners, among other things.

AVA president Dr Paula Parker said that with SA’s current healthy rental market, it’s important that strata laws and legislation are changed to accommodate people who have pets.

“Pets add a lot of value to our lives. Owning a pet brings a number of human health benefits such as reduced stress levels, improvements in mental health as well as an increase in social support for individuals.”

One of the greatest barriers to pet ownership, she added, is landlords who don’t allow pets and body corporate or strata rules that exclude pets in multi-dwelling environments.

“In NSW and Victoria, state legislation has been changed to make pets in units permitted as a default position. We’d like to see South Australia follow suit and change the strata legislation so that the keeping of pets is permitted.”

The AVA would also like to see the next SA government do the following:

  • Increase resourcing (including the number of vets) for animal biosecurity to ensure future needs can be met
  • Legislate to allow vets to use Computer Tomography (CT)
  • Recognise veterinary degree training as sufficient to obtain a license to operate a CT unit. Pending this legislative change, a suitable short course should be recognised as an appropriate condition for registered vets to become licenced to operate CT equipment.
  • License vet nurses with a Cert IV in veterinary nursing to operate X-ray equipment
  • Phase out the use of enclosed yabby traps in freshwater habitats in favour of gear that is effectively risk-free for air-breathing species.

A copy of the AVA’s policy platform can be viewed here.

Based on a media release sourced from the AVA website.

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