VETERINARY ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment of Board

   4   Functions of the Board

   5   Veterinary Registrar

   6   Register of Veterinary Surgeons

   7   Application for registration as a Veterinary Surgeon

   8   Registration

   9   Roll of Animal Health Assistants

   10   Application for enrolment as an animal health assistant

   11   Enrolment

   12   Amendment of register or roll

   13   Censure, suspension and striking off

   14   Veterinary Appeal Tribunal

   15   Appeal to Tribunal

   16   Offences

   17   Regulations

      SCHEDULES

 

THE VETERINARY ACT

[Date of Commencement: 1st October, 1976]

Act 18 of 1975.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Veterinary Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "animal health assistant" means a person enrolled as an animal health assistant in accordance with this Act;

   "the Board" means the Veterinary Board established by section 3;

   "functions" includes duties and powers;

   "register" means the Register of Veterinary Surgeons specified under section 6;

   "Registrar" means the public officer designated by the Minister pursuant to section 5;

   "roll" means the Roll of Animal Health Assistants specified under section 9;

   "veterinary surgery" means the art and science of veterinary surgery" and medicine and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, shall be taken to include-

   (a)   the diagnosis of diseases in, and injuries to, animals, including tests performed on animals for diagnostic purposes;

   (b)   the giving of advice based upon such diagnosis;

   (c)   the surgical or medical treatment of animals; and

   (d)   the performance of surgical operations on animals.

3   Establishment of Board

    (1) There shall be established for the purposes of this Act a body to be called the Veterinary Board.

   (2) The provisions of the First Schedule shall have effect with respect to the constitution and procedure of the Board and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Functions of the Board

   The functions of the Board shall be-

   (a)   to register veterinary surgeons and enrol animal health assistants;

   (b)   to regulate the training of persons for enrolment as animal health assistants;

   (c)   to appoint examiners to conduct such examinations in respect of persons applying for registration as veterinary surgeons and persons applying for enrolment as animal health assistants as may from time to time be necessary under the provisions of this Act;

   (d)   to ensure the maintenance of acceptable standards of professional conduct by persons registered as veterinary surgeons or enrolled as animal health assistants, as the case may be, under this Act.

5   Veterinary Registrar

   The Minister may designate by general notice a public officer as the Veterinary Registrar.

6   Register of Veterinary Surgeons

    (1) The Board shall cause the Registrar to keep in such form as it may from time to time determine a register, to be known as the Register of Veterinary Surgeons, in which shall be entered the name and such other particulars as may be prescribed of every person registered under this Act as a Veterinary surgeon.

   (2) The register shall be kept at such place as the Board may from time to time determine, and shall be open to inspection by the public at all reasonable times and a copy of the register shall be published in the Gazette at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed.

7   Application for registration as a veterinary surgeon

   Every application for registration as a veterinary surgeon shall be made to the Board in the prescribed form and shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee and by such documents as may be prescribed.

8   Registration

   (1) If the Board is satisfied in relation to any application for registration that-

   (a)   the provisions of section 7 have been complied with; and

   (b)   the applicant possesses the prescribed qualifications; and

   (c)   the applicant is of good character and is a fit and proper person to practise veterinary surgery,

the Board shall authorise the Registrar to register the applicant as a veterinary surgeon and the Registrar shall notify the applicant in writing accordingly and furnish him with a certificate of registration in the prescribed form.

   (2) Every veterinary surgeon registered under this Act shall be entitled to practise veterinary surgery in Jamaica and to demand and recover any reasonable charges for services rendered by him as a veterinary surgeon and for any drugs, medicines or appliances supplied by him.

9   Roll of Animal Health Assistants

   (1) The Board shall cause the Registrar to keep in such form as it may from time to time determine a roll, to be known as the Roll of Animal Health Assistants, in which shall be entered the name and such other particulars as may be prescribed of every person enrolled under this Act as animal health assistant.

   (2) The roll shall be kept at such place as the Board may from time to time determine, and shall be open to inspection by the public at all reasonable times, and a copy of the roll shall be published in the Gazette at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed.

10   Application for enrolment as an animal health assistant

   Every application for enrolment as an animal heal assistant shall be made to the Board in the prescribed form and shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee and by such documents as may be prescribed.

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