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Significant Surgical Procedure (SSP) Law and Regulations – authorisation, disbudding goat kids and companion animal dentistry

A wide variety of procedures are captured by the Significant Surgical Procedure (SSP) criteria in section 16 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 that came into law on 9 May 2021. The SSP Regulations commenced on this date too, and mostly allow for non-veterinarians to undertake SSPs, although some prohibit procedures altogether – e.g. cropping of dogs’ ears. The SSP Regulations were developed through an MPI consultation process in 2018/19, to which the NZVA contributed, along with other industry organisations and agencies and people involved with animals.

It is important that veterinarians understand the impact of this law change for them – both when enabling non-veterinarians to undertake procedures (via authorising restricted veterinary medicines) and what is now precluded due to the new regulations.

  1. Authorising to enable an SSP
  2. Disbudding goats
  3. Companion animal dentistry

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New regulations for Significant Surgical Procedures came into effect on 9 May 2021

After a 12 month delay due to COVID-19, the new animal welfare regulations relating to significant surgical procedures (SSPs) took effect on 9 May. Amendments to both the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018 have been made to accommodate the new regulations.

New criteria have been introduced into Section 183B of the Animal Welfare Act 1999. These clarify what procedures are considered SSP, and therefore only able to be performed by a veterinarian, unless a regulation states otherwise. Other regulations prohibit procedures entirely (e.g. cropping dogs' ears, firing/blistering/soring/nicking horses' legs). 

The new regulations outline who other than veterinarians can perform some significant surgical procedures on animals and whether pain relief is required.

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NZVA consultation – feedback required!

The entire membership will now be asked for feedback on proposed NZVA Policies, Position Statements and Standards. This will be achieved using Member Technical Notes/ briefing papers and online surveys.

The NZVA policy framework is also currently undergoing an extensive review. The aims of the review are to ensure that our positioning on issues that affect the veterinary profession are proactive rather than reactive, and to streamline our current portfolio of policy documents. It is anticipated that this review and the required member consultations will take around two years to complete.

The first NZVA consultation under the new consultation process and policy framework is on the proposed Standard for Working with Non-veterinarians. Provide your feedback on this briefing paper by completing the online survey by Monday 19 April.

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New Code of Practice for Veterinary Radiation

The Office of Radiation Safety (ORS) released the new Code of Practice for Veterinary Radiation (ORS C9), which came into effect on 31st July 2020.

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Antibiotic advertising guide for veterinarians

Advertising of restricted antibiotics to end users is no longer permitted under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act.

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Waste not

While the Government prepares to target six of the most problematic waste streams in New Zealand, some veterinary clinics are already focusing on reducing their rubbish. 

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Update on changes to radiation safety for veterinarians

Organisations that manage and control radiation sources must be in possession of a source licence according to the new Radiation Safety Act 2016 that came into force on 07 March 2017.

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Transport of pregnant cows

We’d like to remind NZVA members of our advice regarding requests to certify late gestation cows as being fit for transport.

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What needs to be said

NZVA Chief Veterinary Officer Helen Beattie offers a refresher on veterinarians’ rights and responsibilities when it comes to divulging client information.

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