This report is principally about the governance, structure and accountability of the veterinary profession as conferred by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. The profession must meet modern day standards of quality of service, and have the transparent and accountable disciplinary procedures demanded by the public. There is general agreement that aspects of the Act require modernisation, and that the disciplinary procedure is in urgent need of updating. But the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) does not have the support of the majority of the profession for its proposals on compulsory practice standards and compulsory continuing professional development. The RCVS has not yet formulated a detailed plan for how a new Council might be structured. Nor is there a clear vision of how qpara-professionalsq and those administering complementary and alternative therapies to animals ought to be regulated under a new Act. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said that there is no funding available for work on a White Paper to update the Act until at least 2011. These next three years must be used by the profession as an opportunity to decide what it wants, and to iron out internal differences. The RCVS should analyse the costs of its proposals both for those practising and for the consumer. Any new Act should not overload the profession with unnecessary legislation, but it must safeguard the health and welfare of animals and also protect them, and their owners, from those who offer potentially dangerous treatments without sufficient knowledge or training.Sixth Report of Session 2007-08, Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence Great Britain. ... vets felt that time spent on cats, rabbits, horses and practice management/administration was going up but that spent on dogs, ... In addition to governing veterinary surgeons providing veterinary services, the Act also permits veterinary nurses to ... Schedule 3 of the Act also specifies a range of treatments/operations that non-veterinarians can carry out without restriction.
|Title||:||Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966|
|Author||:||Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2008-05-14|