Animal Welfare Act 2002
The Animal Welfare Act 2002 (the Act) contains some specific provisions relating to veterinarians. The Act allows veterinarians:
- to undertake tail docking of a dog in certain circumstances in the interests of an animal's welfare
- a defence to a charge of cruelty (other than in relation to prescribed surgical practice or activity) for the person to prove that they were a veterinary surgeon, or were acting on the instructions of a veterinary surgeon and were providing the animals with veterinary care in accordance with generally accepted veterinary practices.