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.