Working to ensure those in the profession achieve and maintain high professional standards of competence and conduct in their provision of veterinary treatment.
Working to ensure those in the profession achieve and maintain high professional standards of competence and conduct in their provision of veterinary treatment.
Working to ensure those in the profession achieve and maintain high professional standards of competence and conduct in their provision of veterinary treatment.
Working to ensure those in the profession achieve and maintain high professional standards of competence and conduct in their provision of veterinary treatment.
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Who are we?

The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia (VSBSA) is an independent statutory authority which regulates the provision of veterinary treatment to protect the public interest and animal health, safety and welfare. 

The VSBSA reports annually to the South Australian Parliament through the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development (PIRSA).  However, as an independent statutory authority, the VSBSA is not part of PIRSA and the Minister is not able to direct the VSBSA in relation to its statutory functions.

We work to ensure those in the profession achieve and maintain high professional standards of competence and conduct in their provision of veterinary treatment. We receive, investigate, and act on complaints from the public about veterinary surgeons. Our statutory functions are exercised under the Veterinary Practice Act 2003.

Key functions of the VSBSA

Recognise courses of education or training that provide qualifications for registration on the general register or the specialist register

Determine the requirements necessary for registration on the general register or the specialist register

Determine the specialties in which a person may be registered on the specialist register

Establish and maintain the registers contemplated by the Act

Prepare or endorse codes of conduct and professional standards for veterinary surgeons

Prepare or endorse guidelines on continuing education for veterinary surgeons

Establish administrative processes for handling complaints received against veterinary surgeons or veterinary services providers (which may include processes under which the veterinary surgeon or veterinary services provider voluntarily enters into an undertaking)

Provide advice to the responsible Minister as may be appropriate

Carry out other functions assigned to us by or under the Act

Updates

Correspondence Policy

We recommend using our postal address if your correspondence is sensitive and/or includes hard copy or confidential attachments (such as photos or documents). Please ensure you include a return postal address.

Our approach
When we perform our work, we aim to be fair, impartial, consistent, respectful, courteous.

How you can help us
To allow us to perform our work effectively and efficiently, we expect that you will familiarise yourself with our correspondence policy, give us accurate and complete information, treat us with respect and courtesy.

We aim to respond to correspondence, where required, within 20 working days of receipt.

Sometimes the matters raised in correspondence are complex and require detailed investigation in which case our response time will be longer.

There may be occasions where the issues you raise are outside our responsibilities. In this case we will refer you to the appropriate organisation or government department/agency. We encourage you to check to see if your issue is within our jurisdiction before you correspond with us. For example, if your enquiry relates to the ability of a veterinary surgeon to obtain, possess, prescribe or dispense Schedule 4 drugs, please direct your enquiry to the Office of the Chief Pharmacist: [email protected]. If your enquiry relates to the ability of a veterinary surgeon to obtain, possess, prescribe or dispense Schedule 8 drugs, please direct your enquiry to SA Health: [email protected]

We do not provide legal advice or personal advisory services to members of the community, veterinary services providers or veterinary surgeons.

We will only respond to items where we are the primary recipient. We will not respond to correspondence where we have been included as a carbon copy.

We will delete unsolicited advertisements without response.

We will not respond to correspondence containing offensive language or content.

We will forward any correspondence containing threatening content or advocating illegal activities to South Australia Police.

Your correspondence, once received, will become an official record of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia.