Veterinary practice legislation in South Australia being reviewed

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South Australian veterinary practice legislation
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The law governing veterinary practice in South Australia is being reviewed, with the State Government consulting with stakeholders to ensure the legislation is contemporary and effective.

The review of South Australian veterinary practice legislation is to ensure the appropriate, professional and competent provision of veterinary treatment.

All interested parties are invited to visit the SA Government’s YourSAy page, where details of the review can be found, and participate in this process.

Feedback received will inform how the Government can improve its legislation to continue to ensure high professional standards in the provision of veterinary treatment in South Australia.

That includes the general public, animal welfare organisations, providers of veterinary education, industry advocacy groups and veterinarians themselves.

The review is focusing on a range of topics including the registration of vets and veterinary paraprofessionals, registration of veterinary premises, and the scope of veterinary treatment. The structure and functions of the Veterinary Surgeons Board is also being examined. 

During the review two pieces of legislation will be considered: the Veterinary Practice Act 2003, and the Veterinary Practice Regulations 2017.

The Veterinary Practice Act provides for the registration of vets and regulates the provision of veterinary treatment in the state to ensure its provision by appropriately qualified, skilled and regulated professionals.

Public consultation will be open until 31 January 2021. 

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