Posted on 17 September 2021
By Tegan Carrison, Executive Director, AAPi
The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia has written to AAPi to pass on information regarding mandatory reporting obligations as per the Veterinary Practice Act 2003 (SA)
Under this Act, psychologists who treat or who have treated Veterinary Surgeons who are considered medically unfit to provide veterinary treatment are required to report this to the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia via a written report that sets out their reasons for that opinion and any other information required by the regulations. Failing to do so can result in a large financial penalty for the psychologist. The information required in this report is the diagnosis, prognosis and what treatment being provided to the patient.
The relevant extracts of the Veterinary Practice Act (SA) are provided below.
59- Obligation to report medical unfitness of veterinary surgeon
Maximum penalty: $10 000.
9 – Prescribed information – health professional’s report as to medical unfitness of a veterinary surgeon
For the purposes of section 59 of the Act, the following information is prescribed in connection with a report made by a health professional: