Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 (Schedule 3 Amendment) Order

Applies to the whole UK

Title: Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 (Schedule 3 Amendment) Order

Category: UK Order

Date: 1988

Reference: SI 1988/526 [Full text]

General Description:

This order amends schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. Further amendments have been made by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Amendment Order 2002. This amendment lists the following treatments as surgery that can be performed by an unqualified person:

(i) any minor medical treatment given to an animal;

(ii) any medical treatment or minor surgery, not involving entry into the body cavity of the animal;

(iii) the rendering of any emergency first aid such as to save life or reduce any pain or suffering;

(iv) the performance (by a person aged 18 or over) of the following treatments:

(a) the castration or caponising of an animal;

(b) the docking of a lamb's tail;

(c) the amputation of a dog's claws before its eyes are open;

(v) the performance by a person aged 17 undergoing instruction from a qualified veterinary surgeon of (a) and (b) above plus the disbudding of a calf by someone aged at least 18 undergoing similar instruction;

(vi) any medical treatment or minor surgery performed upon any non-agricultural animal except a horse, pony, ass or mule by a veterinary nurse only if the animal is under the care a registered veterinary surgeon and is carried out under his instructions.

The order also amends schedule 3 of the veterinary surgeons act 1966 and lists the following treatments as surgery that can be performed only by an qualified person:

(i) castration of

(a) a horse, pony, ass or mule;

(b) a bull, goat or boar which is older than two months;

(c) a ram which is older than three months;

(d) a cat or dog;

(ii) spaying of a cat or dog;

(iii) removal, unless it is an emergency, of the antlers from a deer before the velvet on the antlers is frayed and the majority has fallen off;

(iv) desnooding of a turkey older than 21 days;

(v) removal of the combs from poultry older than 72 hours;

(vi) cutting of the toes of domestic fowl or turkey older than 72 hours;

(vii) performance of a vasectomy or electro-ejaculation on an animal kept for the production of food, wool, skin or fur, or for use in the farming of land;

(viii) removal of supernumerary teats on a calf older than three months;

(ix) dehorning or disbudding of a sheep or goat, except the trimming of the insensitive tip of an ingrowing horn that if left untreated would cause pain and distress.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Livestock, Veterinary

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