VSA review 2009

This consultation has now closed.

RCVS Council is inviting comments on new proposals for bringing the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 up to date. In 2005, following earlier consultations, Council called for extensive changes in the arrangements for regulating veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.

Last year, however, the Government made clear that it had no plans to bring forward amending legislation for the time being.

Council has now considered recommendations for more limited changes in the Act.

The report of the Veterinary Legislation Group advises focusing on three priority areas:

  • the composition of Council itself;
  • the composition of the Preliminary Investigation and Disciplinary Committees; and,
  • the jurisdiction and powers of the two committees.

Council would welcome comments on the recommendations from veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, interested bodies and the public.

The deadline for responses is 21 October 2009.

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