About the Board

Board mission and functions

The Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria is a statutory body created through the passing of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997 (PDF). Before 1997, the body that regulated veterinary practitioners was called the Veterinary Board of Victoria, created in 1888 under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1887.

The Board's mission is to protect the public and the health and welfare of animals by regulating veterinary practitioners through the effective administration of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997.​

The Board's functions are to:
  • Register veterinary practitioners
  • Investigate complaints against veterinary practitioners registered in Victoria
  • Subject registered veterinary practitioners to disciplinary procedures when appropriate
  • Issue guidelines
  • Advise the Minister on any matters relating to the Board's functions.

The 9 members of the Board meet every month to oversee the operations of the Board, consider complaints against registered veterinary practitioners, and consider applications for registration in Victoria. For an introduction to the members of the current Board, see Board members.

Summary of 2018 Board meetings

Board meeting 7 March 2018

Board Members present: A/Prof Peter Mansell (President), Dr David Beggs (Deputy President), Ms Kerren Clark, Dr David Colson, Dr Andrew Giddy, Ms Kathryn Johns, Mr Owen Mahoney,  Dr Stacey Sullivan
Apologies: Dr Tracey Bradley

Investigation
The Board decided:
  • 6 complaints were to be delegated for preliminary investigation
  • 1 complaint was lacking in substance and should not proceed further
  • 1 complainant was referred to other organisations
  • following preliminary investigation, 5 complaints were not to proceed further and 1 complaint was put on hold
  • that a veterinary practitioner whose conduct was the subject of an informal hearing in February had engaged in professional conduct of a lesser standard than that which might reasonably be expected of a registered veterinary practitioner. The Board determined to counsel this practitioner, and
  • 1 complaint was  to be withdrawn because it had been lodged against the wrong practitioner.
 The Board also noted that:
  • a formal hearing which was part-heard on 30 January 2018 is to reconvene on 27 April 2018
  • another formal hearing is expected to be held in late May / June 2018
  • 2 matters the Board is prosecuting under sections 57 and 59 of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997 are scheduled for contested hearings on 31 July 2018, and
  • investigation is ongoing in 2 matters relating to the health of veterinary practitioners.
Registration
The Board decided to:
  • propose to grant general registration with conditions to 1 veterinary practitioner re-joining the profession after a long absence from veterinary practice
  • grant specific registration with conditions to 6 veterinary practitioners, and
  • grant or ratify the general registration of 14 veterinary practitioners.
Other matters

The Board discussed operational matters including Board's prioritised projects and initiatives, Board financials and budget forecasting, standing items relating to the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), and incoming correspondence.

The Board discussed requirements for assessing the English competency of applicants for registration, both under the Veterinary Practice Act 1997 and as set out in the AVBC's English Language Skills Standards. President Peter Mansell is to follow up this issue at the next AVBC meeting.

Board meeting 7 February 2018

Board Members present: A/Prof Peter Mansell (President), Dr David Beggs (Deputy President), Ms Kerren Clark, Dr David Colson, Dr Andrew Giddy, Ms Kathryn Johns, Mr Owen Mahoney,  Dr Stacey Sullivan
Apologies: Dr Tracey Bradley

Investigation
The Board decided:
  • 7 complaints were to be delegated for preliminary investigation
  • 1 complaint was to be put on hold and referred to another agency for investigation
  • following preliminary investigation, 1 complaint was not to proceed further
  • for the 2 informal hearings held in January 2018:
    • 1 veterinary practitioner had not engaged in unprofessional conduct, and
    • 1 veterinary practitioner had engaged in unprofessional conduct which was not of a serious nature. The Board determined to caution this veterinary practitioner.
The Board also noted that:
  • 1 informal hearing had been scheduled for later in February 2018
  • a formal hearing held on 30 January 2018 had been adjourned to April 2018
  • 2 matters the Board is prosecuting under sections 57 and 59 of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997 had been adjourned for contested hearings in July 2018, and
  • work was ongoing on 2 matters relating to the health of veterinary practitioners.
Registration
The Board decided to:
  • vary the conditions on the general registration of 1 veterinary practitioner, and
  • grant or ratify the general registration of 19 veterinary practitioners.
Other matters

The Board discussed operational matters including Board financials, standing items relating to the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, and incoming correspondence.

Board meeting 10 January 2018

Board members present: A/Prof Peter Mansell (President), Dr David Beggs (Deputy President), Dr Tracey Bradley, Ms Kerren Clark, Dr David Colson, Dr Andrew Giddy, Ms Kathryn Johns
Apologies: Mr Owen Mahoney, Dr Stacey Sullivan

Investigation
The Board decided:
  • 7 complaints were to be delegated for preliminary investigation
  • following preliminary investigation, 2 complaints were not to proceed further and an informal hearing was to be conducted into 1 complaint.
The Board also noted that:
  • 2 informal hearings had been scheduled for later in January 2018
  • a formal hearing of 1 complaint had been scheduled for 30 January 2018
  • court mention dates had been scheduled for 2 matters the Board is prosecuting under sections 57 and 59 of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997, and
  • work was ongoing on 2 matters relating to the health of veterinary practitioners.
Registration
The Board decided to:
  • vary the conditions on the specific registration of 1 veterinary practitioner
  • ratify the specific registration of 1 veterinary practitioner, and
  • grant or ratify the general registration of 66 veterinary practitioners (including 44 new graduates), and
  • grant specialist endorsement to 1 specialist.
Other matters
The Board discussed operational matters including Board financials, standing items relating to the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, and incoming correspondence. Matters of note included:
  • Minister of Agriculture the Hon Jaala Pulford’s appointment of Dr Rachel Peacock to sit on Board Hearing Panels, and
  • the upcoming Annual Conference of the Council of Australasian Tribunals.