Legislation and privacy policy

Veterinarians registered to practice in the Northern Territory (NT) must comply with the Veterinarians Act and Veterinarians Regulations which includes a code of conduct.

Code of conduct

The code of conduct prescribed in the Veterinarians Regulations provides at clause 1(1)(b) that it is a basic principle of professional conduct for registered veterinarians “...to be familiar with and abide by all relevant legislation affecting their professional activity and behaviour.”

Clause 28 directs that veterinarians “...must comply with other relevant legislation, as amended from time to time, including the following:

  • Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Act
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act
  • Animal Welfare Act”.

You can view these acts and their regulations as well as other legislation that impacts the provision of veterinary services:

View current NT Legislation.

Privacy policy

The Veterinary Board of the Northern Territory under the Veterinarians Act and the principles of mutual recognition legislation, collects information from registration forms, or otherwise provided by veterinarians, to process  applications for registration.

Failure to provide the information in full or in part may result in applications for registration being refused. Some of the personal information provided by applicants will be made public through the internet, as part of a public register. Any personal information provided can be subsequently accessed by individual veterinarians on request.

View details on access to and use of registration information:

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Proposed changes to the Veterinarians Act/Code of Conduct

It is proposed that the Veterinarians Act be reviewed to address current and future local and national issues. The Veterinarian Act and Veterinarian Regulation were last amended in 2012.

The Veterinary Board of the NT sought submissions from stakeholders to facilitate the development of drafting instructions for a legislative bill.

Submissions closed on 10 May 2018, further details in regards to proposed changes to the Veterinarians Act/Code of Conduct will follow.

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Last updated: 15 May 2018