Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966


Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

This Act states, subject to a number of exceptions, that only registered members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) can practice Veterinary Surgery... ie. A VET!

Veterinary Surgery is defined as -

".... the art and science of veterinary surgery and medicine including..."

This quote is taken from the Veterinary Surgeon's Act 1966

which has been made public for the first time. If you want to read the full text, click on the link in this paragraph to go to the RCVS site. The section to look for is "Treatment of Animals by Non-Veterinary Surgeons".

The exceptions include: -

The other exceptions (including Complementary Therapies) are governed by The Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962.

Animal Welfare

Most animal Laws can be traced back to the Protection of Animals Act 1911 which was one of the first Laws concerned with the welfare of animals.

Laws which have come since, including the Veterinary Surgeon's Act, have built on what the 1911 Act started.

Relevant Laws

Protection of Animals Act

Veterinary Surgeons' Act

Veterinary Exemptions

Animal Treatment Laws