Veterinarians Act 2005

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Veterinarians Act 2005

Public Act
2005 No 126
Date of assent
21 December 2005
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.


5Act binds the Crown
6Entitlement to registration
7Entitlement to registration as specialist
8Recognition of institutions and academic qualifications
9Disqualification from registration
10Application for registration
11Consideration of application
12Council to register applicant or decline application
13Scopes of practice for limited registration
14Application for limited registration
15Provisional registration
16Change from provisional to full registration
17Cancellation of registration
18Amendment to specialist’s registration
19Surrender of certificate of registration if registration cancelled or suspended
20Effect of cancellation or suspension of registration
21Offences relating to registration
22Register of veterinarians and other registered persons
23Alterations to register
24Application for practising certificate
25Consideration of application
26Council to issue certificate or decline application
27Content of certificate
28Expiry of certificate
28AExtension of expiry date of certificate on application for new certificate
29Surrender of certificate if certificate is cancelled or suspended
30Effect of cancellation or suspension of practising certificate
31Offences relating to practising certificates
32Unlawful use of title of veterinarian
33Unlawful use of title of specialist
35Procedure for making decisions
36Legal assessors
37Evidence and privilege
38Complaints about specified person
39Council-referred matter about specified person
40Investigation by complaints assessment committee
41Power to call for information or documents
42Compliance with requirement to provide information or document
43Decision of complaints assessment committee
44Interim suspension pending medical assessment
45Interim suspension pending disciplinary hearing or competence assessment
46Resolution of complaint by mediation
47Procedure for hearing
48Council has powers of Commission of Inquiry
49Disciplinary hearing to be in public
50Grounds for discipline of specified person
52Non-payment of fines or costs
53Provisions relating to decisions and orders
55Medical assessments
56Interim suspension by Council pending medical assessment
57Consequences of medical assessment
58Competence assessments
59Council may require specified person to make practice records available
60Consequences of competence assessment
61Conditions of practice
62When conditions effective
63When conditions expire or removed
64Right of appeal
65Notice of right of appeal
66Actions to have effect pending determination of appeal
67Procedure on appeal
68Court’s decision final
69Court may refer matter back for reconsideration
70Orders as to costs
71Orders as to publication of names
72Appeal on question of law
73Veterinary Council of New Zealand
74Council is body corporate
75Functions of Council
76Capacity and powers
77Composition of Council
78Further provisions as to Council and its members
79Council may appoint committees
80Membership and chairperson of committees
81Committees to regulate own procedure
82Complaints assessment committees
83Judicial committees
84Procedure of judicial committees
85Obligation to prepare annual report
86Annual report
87Protection for members of Council and others
88Approved and prescribed matters to be notified and available for inspection
89Application of Legislation Act 2012 to Gazette notices [Repealed]
89ANotification of convictions
90Certificate of Council to be conclusive evidence
91Information from institutions may be sufficient evidence of facts
92Power of Council to supply evidence for registration overseas
93Payment and application of charges, fees, fines, and other money
94Crown not liable for debts of Council
95References to veterinarians in other enactments
96Service of documents
97Council may prescribe fees
98Principles guiding prescribing of fees
99Consultation with veterinarians and other registered persons on fee increases
100Further provisions relating to fees
102Amendment to Schedule 2 of Privacy Act 1993
103Repeal of Veterinarians Act 1994
105Consequential amendments
106People entitled to retain registration
107Annual retention certificates issued under 1994 Act to continue in full force
108Existing matters and existing proceedings
109Membership of Council