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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Transport of Livestock - Veterinary Certification
Veterinary certificates play an important part in protecting the welfare of animals being transported. Additionally, they can protect farmers and transporters from liability.
Unfortunately, MPI is seeing frequent situations where the destination on the certificate does not match the premises at which the animals have arrived. This is usually because the specified premises is not the usual plant or company used by the client, the instructions on the certificate were ignored, or more seriously, the conditions were changed by the supplier and/or transporter, to detail the plant to which they would rather transport the animal.
Regulation 45 of the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations covers obligation of transporters in relation to animals to which regulations 38 to 43 apply. This regulation requires that the transporter must comply with any relevant conditions specified in the certificate.
While the veterinarian is not liable for any non-compliance with the directions on the certificate, veterinarians should ensure that the supplier understands that the directions on the certificate must be met otherwise persons in charge of the animals along the supply chain are in breach of regulation 45.
Wiggles strike a sour note with veterinarians
Veterinary shortage update: Australian veterinarians
Immigration NZ have now confirmed that Australian citizens and permanent residents can now visit, work and live in New Zealand without obtaining a visa before travelling to New Zealand.
The above means that there are no visa requirements for Australian veterinarians wanting to work in New Zealand.
A good turnout of 35 people enjoyed a memorable reunion at the end of March in Whanganui which was organised by Dave and Lorraine Taylor.
Last month, a reunion of the veterinary students’ intake of 1964 and 1965 took place.
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Latest news about Leptospirosis in a study published by Massey University
It’s been referred to as ‘dairy farm fever’, but new research suggests that leptospirosis infections may be just as common among people working on beef, sheep and deer farms as it is in dairy farms.
The authors say their research suggests the current status quo for vaccinating beef, sheep and deer should be reassessed to provide more protection to this group of workers.
The takeaway messages from these findings are:
- Dry stock farmers were inferred to contribute as many notified cases to New Zealand's leptospirosis burden as dairy farmers, despite dairy farmer occupation being recorded much more frequently.
- All stock needs vaccination against Leptospirosis.
Velvetting regulation - what this means for you (and veterinary technicians)
The significant surgical procedure regulations come into force on 9 May 2021. Among these, is Regulation 58(C) Velvetting deer antlers.
The wording of the regulation is very specific and mirrors very closely the requirements of the National Velveting Standards Body (NVSB), that only allows certain people to velvet.
This means that veterinary technicians are PROHIBITED from velvetting deer in New Zealand. The only exception to this rule, is if a veterinary technician was the owner or an employee of the owner (with the owner’s approval), and they have a valid authorisation.