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Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes submission

ID: 
33
Personal Details
First Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Aspley Davis
E. Submission
Types: 
Online Written Submission
Written Submission: 
Specific issues requiring particular consideration
After consultation with stakeholders during the initial phases of this review, specific issues have been identified as requiring particular consideration. Your comment is invited on these issues.
Specific issues requiring particular consideration
5. Should the document include specific guidance regarding the responsibilities of Veterinarians and Animal Welfare Officers?: 

Yes it should. Control of restricted drugs should be in veterinary hands. If the drug is an S4 it can be prescribed and allowed to be used by others provided they have had sufficient training. However the use of Dangerous Drugs (S8) , barbiturates and benzodiazepams should be retained for veterinary use or at the least under direct supervision. 

There should be an insistence on all institutions holding animals have a qualified Animal welfare officer and their inclusion as a Category E is excellent.

All Category A members should be registered Veterinary Surgeons - Practitioners. Many jurisdictions have compulsory Continuing Professional Development as part of the registration process and this will only expand as National Recognition of Registration becomes more inclusive. This will compel the vets to keep up to date particularly with modern veterinary medicine, and will restrict the dependence on the clause referring to familiarity with the species under their care because it will be expected as a part of annual registration. (See ACT Health Professionals Act and related Veterinary Surgeons Act.)

 

 

10.Comment is sought regarding the proposal for a Category E membership category for an Animal Ethics Committee to be mandatory for institutions that have or maintain animal breeding or holding facilities. How would the proposed changes work for your AEC?: 

There should be an insistence on all institutions holding animals have a qualified Animal welfare officer and their inclusion as a Category E is excellent. We would have no problems involving a lay AWO. No veterinarian is in a supervisory role or AWO at the institutions on who's AECs I serve.

Page reviewed: 1 March, 2013