1966. The year England won the World Cup, Twiggy became the world’s first supermodel and
The Beatles topped the charts. And the Veterinary Surgeons Act was passed.
60 years later, life has changed. And yet the original Veterinary Surgeons Act (VSA) remains.
The legislation that was suitable 60 years ago is no longer fit for purpose for today’s veterinary sector.
“The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 is no longer fit for purpose.
Support our campaign for new legislation
that’s right for now and the future.”
Melissa Donald, RCVS President
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As the regulator for the veterinary professions, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is proposing a new Veterinary Surgeons Act. Our proposals will ensure legislation that is modern, principles-based and future-proofed, minimising Parliamentary time to amend it.
Informed by the findings of a four-year year review of the existing legislation followed by a public consultation, our proposal prioritises public trust and confidence in veterinary professionals as well as animal health and welfare and public health.
about our consultation
Why a new Veterinary Surgeons Act is urgently needed
Below you’ll hear from veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and allied professionals including veterinary technicians, veterinary physiotherapists, cattle foot trimmers and equine dental technicians describing the limitations of the existing Veterinary Surgeons Act and why new legislation is required.
MODERN day VETS