If you use animals in research and teaching you must be competent (Code 1.29).
Veterinary services were redefined in the 2011 Vet Services Act. To render a veterinary service you must be a registered veterinarian.
A 'veterinary service' can be performed for the purposes of teaching or research if the service is occurring within a licenced institution
you are assessed as competent by a VET (nominated by the institution) in the preceding 12 months;
you are supervised by, and are performing the procedure in the presence of a registered Vet
Current Definition of Veterinary Service (Act)
- Diagnosing a physiological or pathological condition including testing or imaging (for diagnosis).
- Providing advice based on that diagnosis
- Performing medical or physical treatment
- Performing surgical procedures
- Administering an anaesthetic
- Pregnancy testing, artificial breeding procedures
Examples of prescribed services that non-vets may perform (Regs)
- Routine farming procedures (tail docking, chicken sexing, debeaking, foot trimming etc)
- Blood collection (if directed by Vet)
- Administration of veterinary medicines
- Advice on livestock management & nutrition
- AI and U/S (external) pregnancy testing
Examples of permitted activities relevant to Researchers
- Anaesthetising and sedating fish of the classes Osteichthyes, Chrondrichthyes and Agnatha.
- Ear tagging/marking/tattooing (ear biopsy in wildlife)
- Sampling of faeces or milk (including urine from cows, rodents)
- Pregnancy exam by external ultrasound
- Introducing semen via the vagina (AI only)
If in doubt about whether a procedure is a veterinary service, contact the University Veterinarian Dr Jane Dunnett 0499 455 188, +61 3 6226 7491, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Competency may need to be assessed by a vet via Vet Surgeons Regulation 5.
If you are a training towards competency in procedures involving animals, please ensure you record your training sessions using the: Training Record for Animal Procedures Form for Researchers (WORD 16.3KB).