Veterinary Surgeons Act


Published: 1967-04-01

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Veterinary Surgeons Act
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VETERINARY SURGEONS
CHAPTER 245

VETERINARY SURGEONS

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. The Veterinary Board.
4. Duties of the Board.
5. Maintenance of Register and Supplementary Register.
6. Qualifications and procedure for registration as a veterinary surgeon.
7. Minister may license persons as veterinary practitioners.
8. Restriction on practice of veterinary surgery.
9. Disciplinary proceedings by the Board.
10. Suspension from practice, removal of name from register and appeals.
11. Rules.

SCHEDULE.


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CHAPTER 245

VETERINARY SURGEONS
An Act to make provision for the registration of persons

qualified to practise veterinary surgery, the restriction of the
practice thereof by unqualified persons and generally for the
regulation of the practice of veterinary surgery and matters
incidental thereto.

[Assent 12th July, 1966]
[Commencement 1st April, 1967]

1. This Act may be cited as the Veterinary
Surgeons Act.

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“animals” includes birds and reptiles;
“Board” means the Veterinary Board established

under the provisions of section 3 of this Act;
“licensed” means licensed as a veterinary practitioner

under the provisions of section 7 of this Act.
“Minister” means the Minister responsible for Veter-

inary Services;
“registered” means registered as a veterinary surgeon

under the provisions of section 5 of this Act;
“Register” and “Supplementary Register” mean

respectively the Register and the Supplementary
Register for which provision is made in section
5 of this Act;

“Registrar” means the person appointed as such
under the provisions of section 5 of this Act;

“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;

24 or 1966
E.L.A.O., 1974

Short title.

Interpretation.

E.L.A.O., 1974.

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

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

(d) the performance of surgical operations on
animals,

but shall not include the doing of anything specified in Part
I of the Schedule to this Act and not excluded by Part II of
that Schedule.

3. (1) There shall be a Veterinary Board which
shall consist of —

(a) the Director of Agriculture, who shall be the
Chairman of the Board;

(b) The Government Veterinary Surgeon;
(c) one person qualified to be registered under this

Act (and who is so registered after the Act is in
operation), who shall be appointed by the
Minister:

Provided that at the date when this Act comes into
operation the Board shall be deemed to be properly
constituted by the persons holding the offices mentioned in
paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection for the purpose of
advising as to the qualifications for registration of any
persons under consideration for appointment under the
provisions of paragraph (c):

Provided further that instead of a person qualified in
accordance with paragraph (c) the Minister may appoint a
person who is registered as a qualified practitioner under
the Medical Act and who is not in the public service.

(2) Two members of the Board shall constitute a
quorum. In the case and for the duration of any temporary
absence or incapacity of any member of the Board, the
Minister may appoint a person with suitable qualifications
to be a temporary member.

4. It shall be the duty of the Board —
(a) to advise the Minister as to whether or not the

qualifications of any applicant for registration are
in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

(b) to advise the Minister as to whether or not any
Commonwealth or foreign degree or diploma in
veterinary surgery should be recognised for the
purposes of section 6 of this Act;

The Veterinary
Board.

E.L.A.O., 1974.

Ch. 224.

E.L.A.O., 1974.

Duties of the
Board.

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(c) to make recommendations to the Minister, in
accordance with the provisions of section 9 of
this Act, in regard to disciplinary matters
affecting persons who are registered or licensed;

(d) to issue such guidance, as from time to time
appears to the Board to be desirable, in regard to
matters of professional conduct of persons who
are registered or licensed; and

(e) to advise the Minister in respect of any matter
which the Minister refers to the Board relating to
the practice of veterinary surgery or to the
exercise of any powers conferred upon him
under the provisions of this Act.

5. (1) The Minister shall be responsible for ensuring
the maintenance, in accordance with the provisions of this
Act, of a Register of veterinary surgeons and a Supple-
mentary Register of licensed veterinary practitioners and
may appoint a suitable person to perform the functions of
Registrar in accordance with his directions.

(2) The Register shall contain particulars of the
names, addresses and professional qualifications of all
registered veterinary surgeons, the date upon which each
entry therein, and any amendment thereto, was made and
such other particulars as the Minister may direct. In any
case where the particulars in respect of any entry are
altered or the person concerned ceases to be entitled to be
registered, the Registrar, as soon as possible, shall amend
the Register accordingly.

(3) The Supplementary Register shall contain the
names, addresses and such other particulars as the Minister
may direct in respect of any persons licensed under the
provisions of section 7 of this Act.

(4) The Minister shall cause correct copies of the
entries in the Register and the Supplementary Register to
be published in the Gazette once in each year:

Provided that the suspension from practice or the
removal of the name of any person from the Register or the
Supplementary Register shall forthwith be notified in the
Gazette.

Maintenance of
Register and
Supplementary
Register.

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6. (1) Any person who makes application to the
Minister to be registered as a veterinary surgeon and who
satisfies the Minister that —

(a) he possesses a degree or diploma in veterinary
surgery obtained in the United Kingdom and
recognised in accordance with the law of that
country as entitling him to be registered as a
veterinary surgeon in the register kept by the
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and that
he is so registered at the date of his application
to the Minister; or

(b) he possesses some other degree or diploma in
veterinary surgery which is recognised by the
Minister, acting on the recommendation of the
Board, for the purposes of registration in
accordance with the provisions of this Act,

shall be entitled to be registered upon payment of any
prescribed fee.

(2) Any person making application to the Minister
under the provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall
send to the Minister for examination the document
conferring or evidencing his qualifications for registration
and such other particulars as may be prescribed or as may
be required by the Minister in any particular case.

(3) Any person who wilfully makes a false statement
or issues any false document in support of an application
made under the provisions of this section shall be guilty of
an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a
fine of two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for six
months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

7. (1) Where, on the representation of a society or
institution which is wholly supported by voluntary
contributions or endowments, or both, and which provides
free medical or surgical treatment for animals, the Minister
is satisfied that such society or institution cannot reason-
ably, within the scope of its financial resources or for other
sufficient reasons, obtain the services of an adequate
number of registered veterinary surgeons, the Minister
may, if he thinks fit and subject to such conditions as may
be provided therein, grant a licence under this section to
any person employed or to be employed by such society or
institution.

Qualifications
and procedure
for registration
as a veterinary
surgeon.

5 of 1987, s. 2.

Minister may
license persons as
veterinary
practitioners.

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(2) During the continuance in force of a licence
under the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, the
holder thereof may in the course of his employment by the
society or institution on whose representation the licence
was granted, and subject to the conditions thereof, give
such medical or other treatment or, for the relief of pain,
perform such minor operations as may be authorised by the
licence.

(3) It shall be a condition of the granting of a licence
under this section that the society or institution in question
undertakes not to employ the holder thereof in treating or
operating on any animal unless its owner appears to the
holder of the licence to be unable to afford the services of a
registered veterinary surgeon or that the services of a
registered veterinary surgeon are not readily available.

(4) In any case in which it appears to the Minister
that the society or institution, or the holder of the licence,
has acted in contravention of the provisions of this section
or of the conditions specified in any licence, the Minister
may, after giving both the holder of the licence and the
society or institution in question an opportunity of being
heard, revoke the licence or suspend it for such period as
the Minister thinks fit.

8. (1) No person shall practise, or hold himself out
as practising or as being prepared to practise, veterinary
surgery unless he is registered or licensed under the
provisions of this Act, or if, being so registered or licensed,
he is suspended from practice under the provisions of
section 10 of this Act.

(2) No person, unless he is registered, shall take or
use the title of veterinary surgeon or any name, title,
addition or description implying that he is registered; and no
person, unless licensed, shall use any, name, title, addition
or description implying that he is licensed.

(3) Without prejudice to the provisions of subsections
(1) and (2) of this section, no person shall use in connection
with any business carried on by him, or at any premises at
which such business is carried on, any description implying
that he (or any person acting for the purposes of such
business) is registered or licensed, when he or such person is
not so registered or licensed, or possesses any veterinary
qualifications which he does not in fact possess.

Restriction on
practice of
veterinary
surgery.

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(4) Any person who acts in contravention of any of
the provisions of subsection (1), (2) or (3) of this section
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on
summary conviction to a fine of two thousand dollars.

(5) Where an offence under this section by a body
corporate is proved to have been committed with the
consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any
neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or
other similar officer of the body corporate purporting to act
in that capacity, he, as well as the body corporate, shall be
deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be
proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(6) No prosecution for an offence under this section
shall be brought without the leave of the Attorney-General.

9. (1) The Minister may refer to the Board any
matter which appears to him prima facie to involve an
allegation of professional misconduct on the part of any
person registered or licensed or other circumstances which
may render any such person unfit to practise veterinary
surgery, and it shall be the duty of the Board to investigate
any such matter or circumstances and to make
recommendations to the Minister in respect thereof.

(2) The Board acting under the provisions of
subsection (1) of this section may recommend that the name
of any person be removed from the Register or the
Supplementary Register, as the case may be, or that any
person be suspended from the practice of veterinary surgery
for any period not exceeding one year, in any case in which
the Board is satisfied that the person concerned —

(a) has been guilty of disgraceful conduct in any
professional respect; or

(b) has been convicted, in The Bahamas or else-
where, of a criminal offence, which, in the
opinion of the Board, renders him unfit to
practise veterinary surgery; or

(c) has procured his name to be entered in the
Register or the Supplementary Register by fraud
or false pretence.

(3) In carrying out any investigation in accordance
with the provisions of this section the Board shall send to


5 of 1987, s. 2.

Disciplinary
proceedings by
the Board.

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the person concerned a notice in writing of the allegation
made and shall afford him an opportunity of being heard,
either in person or represented by a legal practitioner.

(4) For the purposes of an investigation made under
the provisions of this section, the Board may require
evidence to be given on oath and the Chairman of the
Board shall have the power to administer any oath and to
issue summonses under his hand requiring the attendance
of any person before the Board, at a time and place
specified in any such summons, to give evidence on oath or
to produce any document relevant to the subject matter of
such investigation. Any such summons shall be served as if
it had been issued by a magistrate and the attendance
before the Board of any person so summoned, in case of
default in compliance, may be enforced by a magistrate,
upon application made to him by the Chairman of the
Board, as if the proceedings before the Board were
proceedings before such magistrate under the provisions of
the Magistrates Act, or any law for the time being in force
repealing and replacing that Act.

10. (1) The Minister, acting in accordance with the
recommendation of the Board made under the provisions
of section 9 of this Act, may direct that any person, be
suspended from the practice of veterinary surgery for a
period not exceeding one year, or that the Registrar shall
remove the name of any person from the Register or the
Supplementary Register, as the case may be.

(2) Before directing the suspension or the removal of
the name of any person under the provisions of subsection
(1) of this section the Minister shall serve notice in writing
of his intention upon the person concerned, together with a
copy of, or a summary of, the recommendation in that
respect made to him by the Board.

(3) Any person who is aggrieved by any
recommendation made by the Board for the removal of his
name or his suspension from practice, as provided by this
section, may appeal against such recommendation to the
Supreme Court within such time and in such manner as may
be provided by rules made under section 76 of the Supreme
Court Act, but, pending the hearing of such appeal, such
person shall be deemed to be suspended from practice with
effect from the date of service of the notice referred to in
subsection (2) of this section. In any such appeal the Minister
shall be named as the respondent.

Ch. 54.

Suspension from
practice, removal
of name from
register and
appeals.

Ch. 53.

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11. The Minister may make rules for the purposes of
this Act and without derogation from the generality of the
power hereby conferred such rules may —

(a) prescribe fees for registration of veterinary
surgeons; and

(b) provide for the procedure of the Board.

SCHEDULE (Section 2)
PART I

TREATMENT AND OPERATIONS WHICH MAY BE
GIVEN OR CARRIED OUT BY UNQUALIFIED

PERSONS
1. Any treatment given to an animal by the owner thereof,

by another member of the household of which the owner is a
member, or by a person in the employment of the owner or of
any other member of such household.

2. Anything done by a person engaged or employed in
agriculture to an animal owned by such person or by the person
by whom he is ordinarily employed as an agricultural worker.

3. The rendering in an emergency of first aid to any animal
for the purposes of saving life or relieving pain.

4. The destruction of any animal by painless methods.
5. The performance by any person of or above the age of

eighteen years of any of the following operations —
(a) castration or caponizing;
(b) the tailing of a lamb;
(c) the docking of the tail of a dog before its eyes are open;
(d) the amputation of the dewclaws of a dog before its eyes are

open.

Rules.

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PART II
EXCLUSIONS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF PART I

Nothing in Part I of this Schedule shall authorise the castration
by an unqualified person of any animal mentioned in the first
column of the following table after it has reached the age specified
in relation thereto in the second column of the said table —

TABLE

Horse, pony, ass or mule.................................... 2 years
Bull..................................................................... 15 months
Goat.................................................................... 15 months
Ram.................................................................... 15 months
Boar.................................................................... 9 months
Cat ...................................................................... 6 months
Dog..................................................................... 6 months