Veterinary Practice Act 2005

Prescribing procedures to which section 91(2) applies.

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92.—(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Minister may, for any purpose specified in subsection (3), prescribe procedures, in addition to those specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 91(2) to which that subsection applies.

(2) Before prescribing procedures under subsection (1), the Minister shall consult with the Council and the Board.

(3) The purposes referred to in subsection (1) are—

( a) taking account of—

(i) technological improvements in relation to diagnosing a matter referred to in section 53(1)(a)(i) ,

(ii) the competence of veterinary nurses to carry out treatments or procedures or administer an animal remedy, due to improvements in programmes of education or further education,

( b) giving effect to—

(i) any provision of the Treaties governing the European Communities,

(ii) any regulation, directive, or other act adopted by an institution of the European Communities, or

(iii) a judgement of the European Court of Justice, relating to the practice of veterinary nursing,

( c) regulating and ensuring the proper practice of veterinary nursing in the State,

( d) ensuring the adequate provision of veterinary nursing services in the State,

( e) maintaining and improving standards of public health in the State, or

( f) maintaining and improving standards of animal health and welfare in the State.

(4) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), regulations made under that subsection may provide that any procedure specified in the regulation shall be carried out in compliance with conditions so specified, including a condition that—

( a) the carrying out of the procedure is supervised by a veterinary practitioner, or

( b) specified equipment is used by the veterinary nurse in carrying out the procedure.

(5) Every regulation made by the Minister under subsection (1) shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made and, if a resolution annulling the regulation is passed by either such House within 21 days on which that House has sat after the regulation is laid before it, the regulations shall be annulled accordingly, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under it.