Legislative Requirements

Veterinarians must practise in accordance with all relevant legislation and other standards applicable to their veterinary practice.
  1. Veterinarians must practise in accordance with the legislation which directly impacts on their practice. This includes the relevant provisions of:
    1. Veterinarians Act 2005 and associated subordinate legislation (such as Minimum Practising Standards for Practising as a Veterinarian Notice);
    2. Animal Welfare Act 1999 and associated subordinate legislation (such as Codes of Welfare);
    3. Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997 and associated legislation and standards in relation to the use, authorisation, sale and supply of veterinary medicines;
    4. Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and associated regulations;
    5. Medicines Act 1981 and associated regulations;
    6. Biosecurity Act 1993 and associated subordinate legislation and standards;
    7. Section 87A of the Health Act 1956 and Health (Diseases Communicated by Animals) Regulations;
    8. Animal Products Act 1999 and associated subordinate legislation and standards;
    9. Food Act 1981 and associated regulations;
    10. Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 and associated regulations;
    11. Radiation Protection Act 1965 and associated codes of practice;
    12. Privacy Act 1993; and
    13. Electronic Transactions Act 2002.
     

  2. Veterinarians must practise in accordance with the professional standards set or endorsed by VCNZ. These include:
    1. Statement on the Information Requirements for authorising Dry Cow Therapy;
    2. Statement on the Discretionary Use of Human and Veterinary Medicines by Veterinarians;
    3. Statement on the Induction of Dairy Cattle;
    4. Statements on Compounding and Manufacturing Veterinary Medicines;
    5. The continuing professional development requirements set out in the VCNZ document Continuing Professional Development – Information for Veterinarians;
    6. Policy on Recency of Practice;
    7. Competence Standards and Performance Indicators for Veterinarians; and
    8. Policy on the Use of Titles
    9. Policy on Qualifications and post nominal titles for inclusion on the Register of Veterinarians.
     

  3. Veterinarians must maintain a working knowledge of the legislation which impacts on their practice in their associated roles such as employers, business owners or veterinary medicine traders.
     
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