Public consultation on revised Guidelines

Consultation opened: 2 September 2019
Last day for submissions: 31 October 2019

The Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria (Vetboard Victoria) is seeking feedback on revised Guidelines about appropriate standards of veterinary practice and veterinary facilities.

Vetboard Victoria's Guidelines inform veterinary practitioners about minimum expected standards in multiple areas of veterinary practice. As well as being a day-to-day reference for veterinary practitioners, the Guidelines are used by the Board to help decide if a practitioner's conduct has been unprofessional. All veterinary practitioners practising in Victoria are expected to be familiar with the Guidelines. This includes veterinary practitioners with interstate registration who are deemed to be registered in Victoria under national recognition of veterinary registration.

The objective of this review of the Guidelines is to ensure they reflect contemporary expectations both of veterinary service users and the veterinary profession. The Guidelines should also be accessible, practical, relevant and easy to understand, while still meeting legislative requirements. Vetboard Victoria is seeking feedback on two documents:

  1. Revised Guidelines of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria, containing 23 Guidelines starting with 'Guideline 1 - Basic Principles of Professional Conduct'.
  2. New Guidelines in context: a practical guide to professional conduct, containing explanatory notes and some FAQs based on questions that practitioners commonly ask the Board. The notes and FAQs do not form part of the Guidelines. 

Who can make a submission?

Vetboard Victoria is seeking feedback on the revised Guidelines from all stakeholders, including veterinary practitioners, employers and veterinary practice owners, pet owners, livestock producers, non-veterinary animal health providers, higher education providers, veterinary students, the Victorian and Commonwealth Government, other Australian and New Zealand veterinary boards, animal welfare organisations, and the general public.

Feedback received will contribute to developing a final version of the Guidelines which meet the objectives of this review and are informed by a wide range of perspectives.

How to make a submission

You are invited both to give general feedback on the revised Guidelines and to respond to specific questions in the consultation paper published below.

Please provide your submissions in Word format by email, marked: ‘Consultation: Review of the Guidelines of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria’, to [email protected] by close of business on 31 October 2019.

Submissions by post should be addressed to: The General Manager, Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria Level 14, 10-16 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Documents for download

Please read the documents below before making a submission. The consultation paper highlights the main changes between the current and revised Guidelines, and the notes and FAQs in the supplementary 'Guidelines in context' document provide detailed context to the revised Guidelines.
CURRENT Board Guidelines
(Adobe PDF File)