Consultation on acts of veterinary medicine in Western Australia

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Update on Veterinary Practice Regulations - 6 May 2022

To enable the new Veterinary Practice Act 2021 to commence operation as soon as possible, the Minister for Agriculture and Food, the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, has advised the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to expedite development of the regulations by implementing them in two tranches.

Therefore, the new Act and Tranche 1 of the Veterinary Practice Regulations will be brought into effect before 30 June 2022. Tranche 1 contains:

  • essential and/or machinery provisions, and
  • otherwise retains the substance of the provisions under the Veterinary Surgeon Regulations 1979.

Tranche 2 of the new regulations will be developed with broad stakeholder consultation. This will update and improve substantive provisions to produce contemporary, fit-for-purpose regulations for the veterinary profession.

Responses to the initial consultation on proposed acts of veterinary medicine, regulatory options for pregnancy testing and spaying of cattle have been considered. DPIRD looks forward to further consultation with the profession, industry and the community commencing in May 2022 to inform these and other elements of Tranche 2 of the Veterinary Practice Act 2021 regulations.

A statement containing more information from Minister MacTiernan will be uploaded to this page shortly.

To contact our consultation team, email VetPracticeRegs@dpird.wa.gov.au

Consultation on acts of veterinary medicine in Western Australia is now closed.

Thank you to all those who provided feedback during the consultation period.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is now reviewing the submissions. A report will be published on this webpage and communicated to stakeholders.

Consultation process

The performing of ‘acts of veterinary medicine’ in Western Australia is restricted to veterinarians to protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and the community.

The recently introduced Veterinary Practice Act 2021 includes provisions for Veterinary Practice Regulations to prescribe what will be ‘acts of veterinary medicine’.

To assist with the drafting of the Veterinary Practice Regulations, DPIRD encouraged veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal health providers, livestock industry and animal welfare stakeholders to review the consultation paper in the Documents link and provide input through a submission.

The consultation paper provides background information, current legal requirements and options for consideration for the Veterinary Practice Regulations including:

1. Proposed acts of veterinary medicine

2. Regulatory options for the pregnancy testing of cattle

3. Regulatory options for the spaying of cattle

Submissions to this consultation will inform the drafting of the new Regulations. Consultation on the remainder of the Regulations will take place once there is a consultation draft available for distribution.

Before providing feedback, stakeholders were asked to read the consultation paper and frequently asked questions. Stakeholders could also use the Q&A section at the bottom of this page to ask a question or email VetPracticeRegs@dpird.wa.gov.au

Submissions were made via the online form.

Submissions may be published online at the conclusion of the consultation and may also be cited in a publicly available report. Submitters who did not want their name published, or would like their submission to remain confidential, were asked to state this in their submission.


Update on Veterinary Practice Regulations - 6 May 2022

To enable the new Veterinary Practice Act 2021 to commence operation as soon as possible, the Minister for Agriculture and Food, the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, has advised the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to expedite development of the regulations by implementing them in two tranches.

Therefore, the new Act and Tranche 1 of the Veterinary Practice Regulations will be brought into effect before 30 June 2022. Tranche 1 contains:

  • essential and/or machinery provisions, and
  • otherwise retains the substance of the provisions under the Veterinary Surgeon Regulations 1979.

Tranche 2 of the new regulations will be developed with broad stakeholder consultation. This will update and improve substantive provisions to produce contemporary, fit-for-purpose regulations for the veterinary profession.

Responses to the initial consultation on proposed acts of veterinary medicine, regulatory options for pregnancy testing and spaying of cattle have been considered. DPIRD looks forward to further consultation with the profession, industry and the community commencing in May 2022 to inform these and other elements of Tranche 2 of the Veterinary Practice Act 2021 regulations.

A statement containing more information from Minister MacTiernan will be uploaded to this page shortly.

To contact our consultation team, email VetPracticeRegs@dpird.wa.gov.au

Consultation on acts of veterinary medicine in Western Australia is now closed.

Thank you to all those who provided feedback during the consultation period.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is now reviewing the submissions. A report will be published on this webpage and communicated to stakeholders.

Consultation process

The performing of ‘acts of veterinary medicine’ in Western Australia is restricted to veterinarians to protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and the community.

The recently introduced Veterinary Practice Act 2021 includes provisions for Veterinary Practice Regulations to prescribe what will be ‘acts of veterinary medicine’.

To assist with the drafting of the Veterinary Practice Regulations, DPIRD encouraged veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal health providers, livestock industry and animal welfare stakeholders to review the consultation paper in the Documents link and provide input through a submission.

The consultation paper provides background information, current legal requirements and options for consideration for the Veterinary Practice Regulations including:

1. Proposed acts of veterinary medicine

2. Regulatory options for the pregnancy testing of cattle

3. Regulatory options for the spaying of cattle

Submissions to this consultation will inform the drafting of the new Regulations. Consultation on the remainder of the Regulations will take place once there is a consultation draft available for distribution.

Before providing feedback, stakeholders were asked to read the consultation paper and frequently asked questions. Stakeholders could also use the Q&A section at the bottom of this page to ask a question or email VetPracticeRegs@dpird.wa.gov.au

Submissions were made via the online form.

Submissions may be published online at the conclusion of the consultation and may also be cited in a publicly available report. Submitters who did not want their name published, or would like their submission to remain confidential, were asked to state this in their submission.

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