The Council appoints committees and advisory groups to help it with its work. 

The Notification Review Group

  The NRG:
  • considers issues raised about a veterinarian's conduct, performance or health
  • where indicated, makes referrals to the Council to deal with concerns about health or competence
  • where indicated, makes inquiries and refers matters to a Complaints Assessment Committee

Complaints Assessment Committee

   The Complaints Assessment Committee investigates complaints against veterinarians. It considers what action to take or recommend that the Council takes following an investigation.

These actions can be taking no further action, providing advice to the veterinarian and/or complainant, recommending medical or competence assessment for the veterinarian, facilitating mediation between the parties or laying charges of professional misconduct against a veterinarian.

 Judicial Committee

   A Judicial Committee is formed to hear any charge of professional misconduct against a veterinarian.
A Judicial Committee consists of three to five members, including a experienced solicitor/barrister of the High Court, a layperson, a member of the Council and a veterinarian with relevant experience (i.e. relevant to the animal/species/area of the complaint). A Judicial Committee is appointed for each hearing.

 Professional Standards Committee

  The Professional Standards Committee makes recommendations to Council on issues such as the maintenance and development of professional standards, continuing professional development (CPD) requirements and changes to the Code of Professional Conduct.

 Finance and Risk Committee

  The Finance and Risk Committee helps the Council discharge its financial and risk monitoring responsibilities. It oversees the CEO's financial management and reporting, control and audit functions and monitoring and reporting on risks.