A function of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria is to issue guidelines about appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities as per section 62(1) (e) Veterinary Practice Act 1997.

The Board considers the Guidelines to be the minimum acceptable standard expected from a registered veterinary practitioner exercising reasonable skill and care in the course of providing treatment to animals. Recent amendments to section 47 of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997 permit the Hearing Panel to inform itself in any way it thinks fit, which includes referring to the Guidelines issued by the Board under section 62(1)(e) of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997.

Veterinary practitioners should ensure familiarity with the contents of the Guidelines, which should be read in conjunction with the Definitions.

Guidelines are subject to ongoing review and veterinary practitioners are welcome to offer feedback.

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New Guidelines 2016 January
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