Consultations

Consultation

The Veterinary Council of Ireland is the Statutory Body established under the Veterinary Practice Act 2005. The principal function of the Council is to regulate and manage the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in the State in the public interest.

The Council carries out consultations so that the opinion and input of our stakeholders is considered in the work we are undertaking. Through our consultations we seek to achieve an understanding of what is important to the general public and to those working in veterinary practices and to ensure that our stakeholders understand our role and the work that we do.

Public Consultations, Data Protection and Freedom of Information:

Please note that submissions made to the Council during its public consultations are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.The information provided to Council consultations will be stored in a secure and confidential manner by the Council, it will only be used for the purposes outlined and it will be deleted in line with the Council’s record retention policy.

The VCI currently has one consultation open for comment

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2 August 2018

Consultation

A Review of the Consequences and Impact of Corporate Ownership of Veterinary Businesses on the Regulation of Veterinary Practice and the Practice of Veterinary Medicine

The Council is carrying out a review of the consequences and impact of corporate ownership of veterinary businesses on the regulation of veterinary practice and the practice of veterinary medicine in the Republic of Ireland.

The primary objective of the Review and the primary tasks to achieve the objective can be read here: 

Review primary objective and tasks

As part of this Review, the Council is asking for submissions from the public, the veterinary professions and relevant stakeholders on what their views and opinions are in relation to the ownership of veterinary practices by a person(s) who is not a veterinary practitioner or a veterinary nurse and/or a body corporate(s).

The Council welcomes all responses to this public consultation as it may inform future VCI policy and procedure.

Please provide your submissions by email to [email protected] or by post to Dr Sean Brady, Acting Registrar, 53 Lansdowne road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The consultation process will close at 5pm on Thursday, 23 August 2018.

A consultation report based on the submissions received will be made available by 1 October 2018.

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30 May 2017

Consultation

Premises Accreditation Scheme (PAS)

On 25 January 2007, in accordance with Part 9 of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005 the Council introduced a mandatory procedure for the registration and inspection of veterinary premises called the Premises Accreditation Scheme (PAS) and developed PAS Standards which apply to each classification of veterinary premises.

The Council has reviewed the PAS Standards to ensure that they fulfil the required function for patients, the public and the veterinary professions, as well as from a regulatory perspective. The Council is inviting you to read the amendments it is proposing to make to the PAS Standards and provide your feedback, by email to [email protected] by Friday, 23 June 2017

The Council will analyse the responses it receives and will use this feedback in drafting revised PAS Standards from 1 January 2018.

View the PAS Standards consultation document.

 

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10 February 2017 - Consultation period ended on 15 March 2017

Consultation

Veterinary Practitioner – CVE Regulations

Continuing Veterinary Education (CVE) compliance became mandatory for all registrants from 1 January 2012. This necessitates that each veterinary practitioner demonstrates achievement of the mandatory 20 CVE credits in each credit year (1 August to 31 July).  This mandatory system has been running for six credits years, the seventh credit year commenced on 1 August 2016.

The Council is proposing to amend some of the CVE regulations.  Any such amendments must be agreed by the Minister.  Following the consultation in early 2016 updated draft regulations have been prepared which sets out the amendments proposed to three existing regulations i.e. 1.2;  2.7 and 3.2 these appear in italics.   The original proposed new regulation 3.6 has been incorporated in to regulations 2.7 and a new regulation has been drafted. 

If you wish to make any comments on the proposed changes please do so in the box provided after each regulation in the consultation document.

We welcome comments on the veterinary practitioner CVE consultation, and invite submissions on the proposed amendments by email to [email protected] by 15 March 2017.  Please note that in order to submit your feedback you must save a copy of the document containing your observations and e mail it to [email protected]

View consultation document

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10 February 2017 - Consultation period ended on 15 March 2017

Consultation

Veterinary Nurse – CVE Regulations

Continuing Veterinary Education (CVE) became mandatory for all registrants from 1 January 2012. This necessitates that each veterinary nurse demonstrates achievement of the mandatory 12 CVE credits in each credit year (1 August to 31 July).    This mandatory system has been running for six credits years, the seventh credit year started on 1 August 2016.

 The Council is proposing to amend some of the CVE regulations.  Any such amendments must be agreed by the Minister.  Following the consultation in early 2016 updated draft regulations have been prepared which sets out the amendments proposed to three existing regulations i.e. 1.2;  2.7 and 3.2 these appear in italics.   The original proposed new regulation 3.5 has been incorporated in to regulations 2.7 and a new regulation has been drafted. 

If you wish to make any comments on the proposed changes please do so in the box provided after each regulation in the consultation document.

We welcome comments on the veterinary nurse CVE consultation, and invite submissions on the proposed amendments by email to [email protected] by 15 March 2017.  Please note that in order to submit your feedback you must save a copy of the document containing your observations and comments and e mail it to [email protected]

View consultation document