Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966


Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

Report published

The Committee published ' Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966', its Sixth Report 2007-08 (HC 348), on 14 May 2008. The Report contains the oral and written evidence.

The Government Response (HC 1011) was published on 24 July 2008.


Terms of Reference

The EFRA Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into the need to replace the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. The Committee will consider whether the provisions of the 1966 Act are out of step with developments in the veterinary surgeon and related professions. In particular, the Committee invites evidence on the following changes to the 1966 Act which have been proposed by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons:

- Whether the provisions of the 1966 Act are out of step with developments in the veterinary surgeon and related professions;

- Whether there ought to be regulation of providers of veterinary care other than veterinary surgeons;

- Whether the delivery of veterinary services ought to be regulated through a mandatory practice standards scheme, with a professional code of ethics, rather than the RCVS regulating practitioners on an individual basis;

- Whether the RCVS and Veterinary Nurses Council (VNC) should be given the power to require continuing professional development and revalidation;

- Whether the governing body of the RCVS and VNC ought to include appointed lay persons as well as veterinary professionals;

- Whether the RCVS and VNC ought to have a separate conduct committee with the powers to investigate complaints, give warnings and to make interim orders pending proceedings; and

- Whether the RCVS ought to have the power to delegate specified procedures to people holding qualifications recognised by the RCVS Council.

The deadline for receipt of written evidence has passed.


Oral evidence

Monday 3 March 2008
Association of McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapists, British Association of Equine Dental Technicians and Oxford College of Equine Physical Therapy; British Veterinary Association; Rt Hon the Lord Rooker, Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health, and Fred Landeg, Acting Chief Vet, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Monday 18 February 2008
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (with a representative from the Veterinary Nurses Council); Ashlea Veterinary Centre Ltd


Press notices

17/07/08 Government response to be published
14/05/08 Report published
07/05/08 Report to be published
19/02/08 Further evidence session announced
07/02/08 Evidence session announced
10/07/07 New inquiry