Veterinary Practice Act 2005

Disclosure of information.


25.—(1) Save as otherwise provided by law, a person shall not, without the consent of the Council, disclose confidential information obtained by him or her while performing, or as a result of having performed, duties as a member of the Council, a member of staff of the Council (including the Registrar), a member of a committee or a consultant or adviser to the Council or a committee.

F4 [ (2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a class A fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to both. ]

(3) Nothing in subsection (1) shall prohibit the disclosure of information by means of a report made—

( a) to the Council or a committee, or

( b) by or on behalf of the Council or a committee to the Minister.

(4) In this section “confidential information” includes information that is expressed by the Council or a committee, as the case may be, to be confidential either as regards particular information or as regards information of a particular class or description.

(5) The Third Schedule to the Freedom of Information Act 1997 is amended by the insertion in Part 1 at the end thereof—

( a) in column (2) of “ Veterinary Practice Act 2005.”, and

( b) in column (3), opposite the mention in column (2) of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005 of “ section 25 ”.




Substituted (18.07.2012) by Veterinary Practice (Amendment) Act 2012 (25/2012), s. 9(b), commenced on enactment.

Modifications (not altering text):


Person holding record under section excluded from requirement to refuse an FOI request (14.10.2014) by Freedom of Information Act 2014 (30/2014), s. 41(1)(a) and sch. 3 part 1, commenced on enactment. This section is listed in sch. 3 part 1.

Enactments relating to non-disclosure of records.

41.—(1) A head shall refuse to grant an FOI request if—

(a) the disclosure of the record concerned is prohibited by law of the European Union or any enactment (other than a provision specified in column (3) of Part 1 or 2 of Schedule 3 of an enactment specified in that Schedule), or



Enactments Excluded from Application of Section 41




No. 22 of 2005

Veterinary Practice Act 2005

Section 25.