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Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan

Proposed Bill To Modernise Veterinary Practice Legislation

Victor P Taffa

  • Draft Veterinary Practice Bill 2020 released for public comment
  • Bill to modernise regulation of professional standards and registration of veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and veterinary premises

Western Australia’s draft Veterinary Practice Bill 2020, which will modernise the regulation of veterinary practice in the State, was released today for public comment.

“Significant advances have occurred in veterinary services since the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960 was passed 60 years ago.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.

“A new Act is needed to meet current and future requirements in the provision of veterinary services.”

The Bill is designed to update regulation of the professional standards and registration of veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary premises and repeal the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960.

National recognition of veterinarians registered in other Australian jurisdictions and deregulation of ownership of veterinary practices are key provisions of the Bill.

Other provisions include the new constitution and membership of the Veterinary Practice Board of Western Australia, which will replace the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board of Western Australia, and Board powers to handle impairment and minor disciplinary matters.

Veterinary Practice Bill 2020 consultation paper, developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, summarises key provisions in the Bill.

Written submissions close at 5 pm on June 24, 2020.

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