Regulating the veterinary profession in the public interest
Regulating the veterinary profession in the public interest
Regulating the veterinary profession in the public interest
Regulating the veterinary profession in the public interest
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Who are we?

The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia (VSBSA) is an independent statutory authority which regulates the provision of veterinary treatment to protect the public interest and animal health, safety and welfare. 

The VSBSA reports annually to the South Australian Parliament through the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development (PIRSA).  However, as an independent statutory authority, the VSBSA is not part of PIRSA and the Minister is not able to direct the VSBSA in relation to its statutory functions.

We work to ensure those in the profession achieve and maintain high professional standards of competence and conduct in their provision of veterinary treatment. We receive, investigate, and act on complaints from the public about veterinary surgeons. Our statutory functions are exercised under the Veterinary Practice Act 2003.

Key functions of the VSBSA

Recognise courses of education or training that provide qualifications for registration on the general register or the specialist register

Determine the requirements necessary for registration on the general register or the specialist register

Determine the specialties in which a person may be registered on the specialist register

Establish and maintain the registers contemplated by the Act

Prepare or endorse codes of conduct and professional standards for veterinary surgeons

Prepare or endorse guidelines on continuing education for veterinary surgeons

Establish administrative processes for handling complaints received against veterinary surgeons or veterinary services providers (which may include processes under which the veterinary surgeon or veterinary services provider voluntarily enters into an undertaking)

Provide advice to the responsible Minister as may be appropriate

Carry out other functions assigned to us by or under the Act

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