This guideline outlines the appropriate standard expected of a registered veterinary practitioner in the course of veterinary practice. It should be read in conjunction with other related guidelines.
Veterinary practitioners are authorised to obtain, possess, use or supply most scheduled drugs and poisons for the lawful practice of their profession, i.e. for the veterinary treatment of animals under their care (pursuant to section 13 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017). The Board requires the establishment of a veterinary practitioner-owner-animal relationship to demonstrate that an animal is under the care of a veterinary practitioner.
The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 and the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017 regulate veterinary chemical products and stock foods.
Veterinary practitioners should be familiar with the requirements of legislation related to the supply and use of veterinary medications. Non-compliance with the requirements of legislation in the supply and use of veterinary medications constitutes unprofessional conduct and may also be prosecuted under that legislation or under the provisions of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997.
This material is current only at the time of publication and may be changed from time to time. The Board reviews and updates the Guidelines on a continuous basis to reflect changes in the science and knowledge base underpinning contemporary veterinary practice. The Board will take reasonable steps to inform the veterinary profession when such updates are released but it remains the responsibility of the individual veterinary practitioner to ensure that their knowledge and application of these Guidelines to their own practice is current.
While the Board has made every effort to ensure that the material in these Guidelines is correct in law, it shall not be liable to any veterinary practitioner or any other person or entity in relation to any claim, action or proceeding whatsoever (whether in contract, negligence or other tort or in proceedings seeking any other form of legal or equitable remedy or relief) for any inadequacy, error or mistake, or for any deficiency in the whole or any part of this document (including any updates incorporated in the document from time to time). A veterinary practitioner or any other person or entity acting upon the contents of this document acknowledges and accepts that this is the basis upon which the Board has produced these Guidelines and made them available to such person or entity.