Veterinary Practice Act 2005
F40 [ Registration of persons who would not otherwise qualify for registration under section 95 or 96 .
96A. — (1) The Council, on application to it in writing in that behalf by a person to whom subsection (3) applies, in accordance with regulations under section 52(1) , and on payment to it of the fee prescribed under section 33 , shall register the person as a veterinary nurse.
(2) Registration of a person under subsection (1) may be for such period as decided by the Council.
(3) This subsection applies to a person who —
( a ) does not qualify for registration under section 95 or 96 ,
( b ) subject to subsection (9) , has undergone programmes of training and education, passed examinations and obtained qualifications in veterinary nursing in a state other than of the State that, in the opinion of the Council, are of a standard that is not lower than the standard of such programmes, examinations or qualifications in the State necessary for the practice of veterinary nursing,
( c ) shows to the satisfaction of the Council that he or she has sufficient language skills for the purpose of the practice of veterinary nursing in the State,
( d ) is of good character and repute and is not an undischarged bankrupt,
( e ) has not been convicted by a court in the State or elsewhere, of an offence that, in the opinion of the Council, is such as to render the person unfit to practise veterinary nursing, and
( f ) is not prohibited from practising, or suspended from the practice of, veterinary nursing, either under Part 7 or provisions corresponding to those contained in that Part in force in another state, by reason of —
(i) a conviction for an offence, or
(ii) serious misconduct,
in connection with the carrying out of professional duties as a veterinary nurse.
(4) Registration of a person under this section may, if the Council decides that it is appropriate to do so, be subject to a condition that the practice of veterinary nursing by the person shall be supervised by a specified veterinary practitioner for a specified period of time after the person is registered.
(5) If the Council decides that a person who applies to it for registration under this section should not be so registered or, that the person should be so registered subject to a condition imposed as respects supervision under subsection (4) , it shall notify the person in writing as soon as practicable stating the decision, the reason for the decision and the date on which it was made.
(6) A person who receives a notification under subsection (5) may appeal to the High Court against the decision specified in the notification within a period of 3 months beginning on the date of such receipt.
(7) On the hearing of an appeal under this section, the High Court may make —
( a ) an order affirming or setting aside any decision of the Council relating to the application for registration, or imposition of the condition as respects supervision concerned,
( b ) an order remitting the application for registration or decision to impose the condition, with or without directions to the Council for reconsideration and the making of a new decision in relation to it, or
( c ) any other order that it considers appropriate.
(8) Nothing in this section shall prevent the Council from exercising its functions pursuant to section 13(2)( m ) .
(9) In order that the Council may be satisfied that the standard that applies to the programmes of education and training undergone, examinations passed and qualifications obtained is not of a standard that is lower than the standard of such programmes, examinations or qualifications that is necessary for the practice of veterinary nursing, it may require a person to whom subsection (3) applies, to sit and pass an examination set by or on behalf of the Council in that regard. ]
Inserted (18..07.2012) by Veterinary Practice (Amendment) Act 2012 (25/2015), s. 6, commenced on enactment.