The following message was issued by Animal Welfare Victoria (Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions) on 23 July 2021:

New approvals for the use of electronic devices for therapeutic purposes

On 22 July 2021, two notices approving the use of certain electronic devices for therapeutic purposes were published in the government Gazette at www.gazette.vic.gov.au/gazette/Gazettes2021/GG2021G029.pdf

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019 prevent a person using, or placing, an electronic device on an animal unless permitted. One of the permitted uses, under Ministerial approval, is use for therapeutic purposes.

Ministerial approval was recently given to allow the use, by veterinary practitioners registered under the Veterinary Practice Act 1997 and persons who hold an interstate right to practise as defined in that Act, of the following types of electronic devices:
  • pulse generating electronic devices for general use
    • transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machines
    • pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy devices
  • pulse generating electronic devices for use by veterinary practitioners that are:
    • an active implantable medical device, namely: cardiac pacemakers or cardioverter-defibrillators
    • external defibrillators
    • for electro-acupuncture
  • other electronic devices for use by veterinary practitioners that are:
    • electrosurgery units for monopolar or bipolar use
    • ultrasonic dissectors
    • cochlear implants, using pulsatile or analogue electrostimulation

If you require any clarifications, or have any suggestions regarding other devices that may not have been captured in these lists, please reach out to Animal Welfare Victoria at [email protected].