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VETERINARY

THE VETERINARY ACT

REGULATIONS
(under section 17)

The Veterinary Regulations. 1976 L.N. 307~176
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VETERINARY

THE VETERINARY ACT

REGULATIONS
(under section 17)

(Made by the Veterinary Board and approved by the Minister on L.N. 307~176
the 24th day of September, 1976) 591194

[lst October, 1976.1

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Veterinary Regulations,
1976.

2. In these Regulations "approved training institution" means an
institution approved by the Board for the purposes of these Regula-
tions as a training school or as a part of a training school.

PART 11-Veterinary Surgeons

3. No person shall be registered as a veterinary surgeon unless he-

(a) holds a degree in veterinary surgery from a recognized
university or a recognized college; or

(b) has any other qualification in veterinary surgery considered
by the Board to be of at least an equivalent standard to that
specified in paragraph (a); or

(c) has passed the examination referred to in regulation 4.

4.-(1) Where the Board is in doubt as to the standard of qualifica-
tion or skill of an applicant for registration, it shall refer the applica-
tion, together with all relevant documentary evidence of the courses
of study undertaken by the applicant, the institution at which such
courses were undertaken, and any examinations passed by the applicant,
to the Board of Examiners appointed by the Board pursuant to
regulation 10, for determination.

(2) On examining such application the Board of Examiners
may-

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(a) recommend to the Board that the name of the applicant be
entered on the register; or

(b ) conduct an examination in respect of the applicant; or

(c) recommend to the Board that the application be refused.

(3) A fee of fifty dollars shall be paid by the applicant to the
Registrar in respect of an examination conducted pursuant to sub-
paragraph (b ) of paragraph (2).

5.-(1) Any person who satisfies the requirements for registration
may apply to the Board in the form specified as Form A in the
Schedule for registration as a veterinary surgeon. Form A.

(2) Any person who applies for registration as a veterinary
surgeon in accordance with paragraph (1) and-

(a) furnishes such satisfactory references as to character as the
Board may require; ,and

(b ) pays a registration fee,

slhall be registered as a veterinary surgeon and shall, while so registered.
be entitled to use the title "Registered Veterinary Surgeon" and to be
subjected to an annual renewal fee. Such fees shall be determined by
the Veterinary Board.

(3) Non-payment for two (2) consecutive years of the renewal
fee would subject the veterinary surgeon to remval from the registry.

(4) The Board retains the privilege not to exercise the above
stated penalty in view of any extenuating circumstances.

(5) Delinquent veterinary surgeons will be notified of their de-
linquency by registered mail at least three (3) months prior to removal
of registration at their last known address.

Form B. 6.-(1) A certificate of registration in the form specified as Form B
in the Schedule shall be issued by the Registrar to every person
registered as a veterinary surgeon in accordance with regulation 5.

(2) If a certificate of registration is lost or destroyed, the person
to whom it was issued may apply to the Board for another certificate
which shall be issued on payment by the applicant of a fee of four
dollars. A certificate issued under this paragraph shall be clearly
marked "DUPLICATE".

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7. The register shall contain in respect of every registered veterinary
surgeon the particulars specified in Form C of the Schedule. Schedule. Form C.

8. The Registrar shall, during the period of twelve months com-
mencing on the 1st day of October, 1976, and thereafter, on or before
the 1st day of May in every year, publish in the Gazette the list of all
registered veterinary surgeons.

9.-(1) Any person who desires to practise veterinary surgery in
Jamaica for a limited period and who satisfies the requirements for
registration specified in regulation 3, may apply to the Board in the
form specified as Form A in the Schedule to be temporarily registered
as a veterinary surgeon.

(2) Any such application shall be accompanied by a certificate
signed by the Director of Veterinary Services stating the nature of the
assignment which the applicant intends to undertake and the period
of time for which the registration is required and by the registration
fee.

(3) The Board may, after considering the application, direct
the Registrar to enter the name of the applicant in the register of
veterinary surgeons and to cause a note to be made next to the
entry in the register-

(a) that the registration is temporary; and

(b) of the period of the registration.

10. For the purposes of regulation 4 and regulation 12, the Board
shall, from time to time, appoint a Board of Examiners consisting
of three members of whom at least one shall be a member of the
Government Veterinary Service.

PART 111-Animal Health Assistants

11. No person shall be enrolled as an animal health assistant unless
he-

(a) holds a certificate of proficiency from an approved training
institution; or

(b) holds a certificate of proficiency in respect of a programme
of training approved by the Board; or

(c) passes the examination referred to in regulation 12.
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12.-31) Where the Board is in doubt as to the standard of qualifica-
tion or skill of an applicant for enrolment, it shall refer the application,
together with all relevant documentary evidence of the training of the
applicant, to the Board of Examiners for determination.

(2) On examining the application, the Board of Examiners
may-

(a) recommend that the applicant be enrolled; or

(b) conduct an examination in respect of the applicant; or
(c) recommend that the application be refused.

(3) A fee of twenty-five dollars shall be paid by the applicant
to the Registrar in respect of an examination conducted pursuant
to sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (2).

13.-(1) Any person who satisfies the requirements for enrolment
schedde. may apply to the Board in the form specified as Form D in the Form D.

Schedule for enrolment as an animal health assistant.

(2) Any person who applies for enrolment in accordance with
paragraph (1) and-

(a) furnishes such satisfactory references as to character as the
Board may require; and

(b) pays the enrolment fee of ten dollars.
shall be enrolled as an animal health assistant and shall, while he
is so enrolled, be entitled to use the title "Enrolled Animal Health
Assistant".

14.-(1) A certificate of enrolment in the form specified as Form
Form E. E in the Schedule shall be issued by the Registrar to every person

enrolled as an animal health assistant in accordance with regulation 13.

(2) If a certificate of enrolment is lost or destroyed, the person
to whom it was issued may apply to the Board for another certificate
which shall be issued on payment by the applicant of a fee of two
dollars. A certificate issued under this paragraph shall be clearly
marked "DUPLICATE".

15. The roll shall contain in respect of every person registered as an
Form F. animal health assistant the particulars specified in Form F in the

Schedule.

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16. The Registrar shall, during the period of twelve months com-
mencing on the 1st day of October. 1976, and thereafter on or before
the 1st day of May in every year, publish in the Gazette the list of all
registered animal health assistants.

17.-(1) Any person who desires to work in Jamaica for a limited
period as an animal health assistant and who satisfies the require-
ments for enrolment specified in regulation 11, may apply to the Board
in the form specified as Form D in the Schedule to be temporarily M d u l e .
enrolled as an animal health assistant. Fom D.

(2) Any such application shall be accompanied by a certificate
signed by the Director of Veterinary Services stating the name of the
registered veterinary surgeon under whose supervision the applicant
proposes to work and the period of time for which the enrolment
is required.

(3) The Board may, after considering the application, direct
the Registrar to enter the name of the applicant in the roll of animal
health assistants, and to cause a note to be made next to the entry
in the roll-

(a) that the enrolment is temporary;

(b) of the period of the enrolment; and

(c) of the name of the registered veterinary surgeon under whose
supervision the animal health assistant proposes to work.

18.-(1) An enrolled animal health assistant may perform the
following functions-

(a) the preparation and sterilization of equipment;

(b) the preparation of simple solutions;

(c) the collection of blood samples, milk samples, faecal samples,
parasitic specimens;

(6) the collection of post mortem specimens and the preparation
thereof for examination in a laboratory;

(e) the handling of vaccines and the maintenance of biological
products;

(f) the vaccination of animals;

(g) the restraint of all types of animals;

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(h) the giving of assistance in the marking and identification of
animals;

(i) the preparation of records;
03 the performance of simple laboratory techniques as, for

example, the making and examination of blood faecal smears;

(k) the performance of minor surgical procedures as, for example,
the treatment of wounds, the opening of abscesses and
castration on the following animals-

(i) cattle up to eight months of age;

(ii) swine up to five months of age;
(Ti) goats;
(iv) sheep;

(I) the giving of advice to farmers and the explanation of pro-
grammes and methods of control;

(m) the performance of any veterinary duty which he may be
instructed to perform by the registered veterinary surgeon
under whose supervision he works.

(2) An animal health assistant shall at all times perform his
functions under the supervision of a registered veterinary surgeon.

(3) Any animal health assistant who contravenes the provisions
of paragraph (2) shall be deemed bo be guilty of professional mis-
conduct.

PART IV-Disciplinary Proceedings

19. Where it is proved to the Board by the certificate of the com-
petent officer of the court in which the proceedings took place that
a registered veterinary surgeon or an enrolled animal health assistant
has been convicted of a criminal offence which, in the opinion of the
Board, renders him unfit to practise veterinary surgery. and that such
conviction has not been quashed on appeal, the Board may forthwith
and without further enquiry direct the Registrar to remove the name
of such registered veterinary surgeon or enrolled animal health assistant
from the register or the roll, as the case may be.

20.-41) Where the Board receives a notification from the com-
petent officer of any statutory veterinary body constituted outside
Jamaica that a registered veterinary surgeon or an enrolled animal

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health assistant has been deprived of, or suspended from, membership
of that body on the grounds of professional misconduct, the Board
shall forthwith direct the Registrar to inform that registered veterinary
surgeon or enrolled animal health assistant, as the case may be, by
registered letter that the Board has received such notification and
to invite him to show cause, within such period as the Board may
allow-

(a) why his name should not be removed from the register or the
roll, as the case may be; or

(b) why his registration or enrolment should not be suspended.

(2) Where-

(a) no reply is received from the registered veterinary surgeon; or
(b) the registered veterinary surgeon is unable to show cause

as aforesaid,

the Board shall forthwith direct the Registrar to remove the name
of that registered veterimry surgeon from the register or to suspend
his registration, as the case may require.

(3) The action of the Board shall in due course be notified
to the statutory veterinary body from which the notification as to the
removal of the name from the register or the suspension was received.

2 1 . 4 ) Where, in relation to a registered veterinary surgeon or an
enrolled animal health assistant, an allegation is made to the Board
as to any of the matters mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (d) of sub-
section (1) of section 13 of the Act, the Board shall direct the Registrar
to write to such registered veterinary surgeon or enrolled animal
health assistant, as the case may be-

(a) notifying him of the allegation made against him;

(b) forwarding a copy of any affidavit or other document relating
to the allegation; and

(c) inviting him to furnish within such period as the Board may
specify, any written statement or explanation which he may
desire to offer.

(2) In any case where the Board, having considered the allega-
tion and the explanation, if any, given by the registered veterinary
surgeon, or the enrolled animal health assistant, as the case may be

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(hereinafter in this Part referred to as "the respondent") is of the
opinion that no prima facie case is made out, or that the allegations
appear to be frivolous or vexatious, the Board shall direct the Registrar
so to inform the complainant and the respondent in such terms as the
Board may direct.

22. Where the Board, having considered the allegation and the
explanation, if any, given by the respondent, is of the opinion that
a prima facie case is made out and that the matter should proceed
to a hearing, the board shall fix a day for the holding of an enquiry.

23.-(1) When the Board has fixed a day for the holding of an
enquiry. the Registrar shall forthwith send to the respondent a notice
in writing, specifying the nature and particulars of the charge against
him, and informing him of the time and place at which the Board
will hold an enquiry into the matter.

(2) Such notice shall be sent by registered post to the registered
address of the respondent contained in the register or roll, as the
case may be, or, if the Registrar has reason to believe that that
address is not his current address, then to any later address which
may be known to the Registrar, and shall be posted so as to allow
not less than twenty-eight days to elapse between the day on which
the notice is posted and the date fixed for the enquiry.

(3) A copy of such notice shall be sent to the complainant,
if any, and to such other persons as the Board may direct.

(4) Any party to an enquiry may be represented at the hearing
by an attorney-at-law, or other person, so, however, that if any party
intends to be so represented he shall give not less than seven days'
notice of such intention to the Registrar.

24.-(1) At the hearing of the case, the attorney-at-law, Registrar
or other person appointed by the Board for the purpose shall first
state to the Board the charge alleged against the respondent and the
facts of the case, and shall submit the evidence in support of the
charge and may call witnesses.

(2) The respondent or his representative shall be entitled to
cross-examine any witness appearing against him on matters relevant
to the charge.

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25-41) When the statement of the charge and the evidence in
support thereof are concluded, the respondent or his representative
shall be invited to adduce evidence in answer to the charge and to call
witnesses.

(2) The attorney-at-law, Registrar or other person appointed
by the Board for the purpose shall be entitled to cross-examine any
witnesses giving evidence for the respondent on matters relevant to the
charge.

26. Whether the respondent adduces evidence or not in answer to the
charge, he or his representative may address the Board and, where
evidence is adduced, such address may be made either before or after
such evidence.

27. At the conclusion of the case for the respondent, the attorney-
at-law, Registrar or other person appointed by the Board for the
purpose shall be entitled to reply upon the whole case.

28. If the respondent does not attend, either personally or by a
representative, the Board may proceed to hear and determine the
case in his absence.

29.--(I) Notes of the proceedings shall be taken by the Registrar
or other person appointed by the Board for the purpose; and any
party who appeared at the hearing shall be entitled to inspect the
original or a oopy thereof.

(2) Every person entitled to be heard upon any appeal against
the findings of the Board shall be entitled to a copy of such notes
on payment of the charges from time to time imposed by the Board.

30.-(1) Upon the conclusion of the case the Board, after con-
sidering all the relevant evidence, shall pronounce its decision either
forthwith or at a later date in writing. or at a subsequent meeting.

(2) The Registrar shall, immediately after pronouncement by
the Board of its findings, inform the respondent by registered letter
of the decision of the Board, and shall, after twenty-eight days from
the date of posting such letter, or, where there is an appeal, if such
appeal is unsuccessful, remove the name of the respondent from
the register or roll, as the case may be, if directed so to do by the
Board, or take such other action as may be appropriate in any
particular case to enforce the decision of the Board.

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(3) The Registrar shall make a note beside the entry relating
to the respondent in the register or the roll, as the case may be, of the
decision of the Board.

(4) Where the Board directs that the name of the respondent
be removed from the register or the roll, as the case may be, the
Registrar shall notify the statutory veterinary body in any country
where the Registrar is aware that the respondent is registered or
enrolled under the laws of that country.

31.-(1) Any appeal to the Tribunal pursuant to section 15 of the
Act shall be commenced by notice in writing addressed to the Tribunal,
and such notice shall be lodged with the chairman and a copy thereof
delivered to the Registrar within twenty-one days from the date of tbe
decision appealed against.

(2) Every such notice of appeal shall include-
(a) the name and address of the applicant;

(6) particulars of the decision of the Board against which
the appeal is being made;

(c) the grounds of appeal; and
(4 copies of all relevant correspondence and documents.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (I), the
Tribunal may hear and determine an appeal lodged after the time
limit provided therein if in all the circumstances of the particular
case the Tribunal considers it just and proper so to do.

PART V-Restoration of Name to Register or Roll

32.-(1) Where the name of a registered veterinary surgeon or an
enrolled animal health assistant has been removed from the register
or the roll, as the case may be, pursuant to section 13 of the Act, any
application for its restoration to the register or roll shall be made
in writing addressed to the Registrar and signed by the applicant,
stating the grounds on which the application is made.

(2) The application shall contain the names and addresses of
three or more persons able and willing to identify the applicant and
to give evidence as to his conduct, character, and the nature of his
employment since the removal of his name from the register or roll,
as the case may be, and such other evidence as the Board may
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(3) Not less than two of the persons mentioned in paragraph
(2) shall belong to one or more of the following categories-

(a) Ministers of Religion;
(b) Justices of the Peace;
(c) registered veterinary surgeons;
(d) enrolled animal health assistants.

33. The Board may require the applicant to verify by statutory
declaration any statement made in his application, or any further
statement which it may think necessary, and may, if it thinks Et,
require the applicant to attend in person at a meeting of the Board
at which the matter is to be considered.

34. If, upon consideration of the application and of the evidence
furnished in support of it, the Board is satisfied that the name of the
applicant should be restored to the register or the roll, it may direct
the Registrar accordingly, and, upon payment by the applicant of the
registration fee, his name shall be restored to the register or the
roll, as the case may be, and a new certificate of registration or
enrolment shall be issued to him.

35. Where the name of a person has been restored to the register
or the roll under this Part, notification of that fact shall forthwith
be sent by the Registrar to every statutory veterinary body to which
notice was sent pursuant to regulation 30 when that name was removed
from the register or the roll, as the case may be.

36.-41) Where the Board receives a notification from a statutory
veterinary body constituted outside Jamaica that they have restored
to their register or roll, the name of a person whose name they
had removed from their register or roll, and the name of that person
was removed from the Register of Veterinary Surgeons or the Roll
of Animal Health Assistants, the Board shall consider the matter
and shall, if it thinks fit in all the circumstances and at its discretion,
likewise restore the name of that person to the register or the roll.
as the case may be, if he applies under and conforms to such of the
provisions of this Part as the Board requires.

(2) The Registrar shall, as soon as practicable after the Board
restores the name of a person to the register or the roll under para-
gtaph (1). notify the fact of such restoration to the statutory veterinary
body in any country in which the Board is aware that such person
was registered or enrolled, as the case may be, under the laws of that
country.

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SCHEDULE (Regulations 5, 6, 7, 9,
13, 14 and 15)

FORM A (Regulations 5 and 9)

THE VETERINARY ACT

Application for Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon

T o the Veterinary Board

..................................................................................... Name of applicant
(Surname first-block letters)

................................................................................. Address of applicant
.............................. Date of birth .................................... Place of birth

............................................................................................... Nationality
.................................................................. Address of (intended) practice

Qualifications of applicant ..........................................................................

...............................................................................................................
Photostat or certified copies of certi-
ficates and diplomas should be attached.

State countries or institutions in which you have practised since qualifying-
Countries or institutions Date

From To
In what countries are you now registered or entitled to practise as a veterinary

surgeon?
Has your registration or entitlement to practise as a veterinary surgeon in any

country ever been cancelled or suspended?
If so, on what date and for what reasons?
Has registration as a veterinary surgeon ever been refused in any country?
If so, on what date and for what reasons?
Names and addresses of three referees as t o character

......................................................................................................
1 enclose-

(a) copies of certificates or diplomas
(b ) a fee of forty dollars.

I hereby apply to be registered as a veterinary surgeon and declare
that I am the person named in the enclosed certificates or diplomas and
that the above information is true and correct.

............................................................
Signature of Applicant

............................................................
Date

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To be completed by the Registrar
Date registered or application refused
Registration No., if registered
Reason for refusal, if refused

............................................................
Signature of Registrar

Dare

FORM B (Redat ion 6)

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Certificate of Registration as a Veterinary Surgeon

....................................... Registration No
........................................................................... This is to certify that

(full name in block letters)

of. ..........................................................................................................
has been duly registered as a veterinary surgeon under the Veterinary Act.

Glvw under my hand this day of , 19 .
Registrar of the Veterinary Board of Jamaica

FORM C (Regulation 7)

Form of Register

The register shall show in respect of every registered veterinary surgeon
the following particulars-

(a) registration number;
(b) full name;
(c) date and place of birth;
(d) nationality;
(e) address;
V) date of registration;
(g) qualification;
(h) place and date of obtaining such qualification.

FORM D (Regulations 13 and 17)

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Application for enrolment as an Animal Health Assistant
To the Veterinary Board

.................................................................................... Name of applicant
(Surname fit-Block Capitals)

Address of applicant .................................................................................
.................................... ................................. Date of birth Place of binth

Nationality.. .............................................................................................
...................................................... Address of (intended) place of practice

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........................................................................ Qualifications of applicant

Photostat or certified copies of certi-
ficates or diplomas should be attached.

Names and addresses of three referees as to character

1 enclose-

(a) copies of certificates or diplomas
(b) a fee of ten dollars

I intend to work-
(a) in the Government Veterinary Service; or
( b ) under the supervision of .....................................................

(Insert name of Regiirered Veterinary
Surgcon)

(Delete which is inapplicable)

I hereby apply to be enrolled as an animal health arsista~t and declare
that I am the person named in the enclosed certificale or diplomas and
that the above information is true and correct.

...........................................................
Signature o f Applicant

T o be completed by the Registrar
Date enrolled or refused
Enrolment number
Reason for refusal, if refused

Date

............................................................
Signature of Registrar

............................................................
Date

FORM E (Regulation 14)

THE VETERINARY ACT

Certificate of Enrolment as an Animal Health Assistant

Enrolment No .......................................
........................................................................... This is to certify that

(full name in block letters)

has been duly enrolled as an animal health assistant under the Veterinary Aot.

GIVEN under my hand this day of , 19 .
Registrar of the Veterinary Board.

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FORM F (Regulation IS)

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The roll shall show in respect d every enrolled animal health assistant the
following particulars-

(a) enrolment number
(b) full name
(c) date and place of birth
(4 nationali,ty
(e) address
(f) date of enrolment
(g) qualification and date of obtaining such qualification
(h) whether attached to Government Veterinary Service, or the name

of the registered veterinary surgeon under whose supervision he works.

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