Amendment to vet rules
Legislation is to be amended to allow various procedures on animals, which do not require the expertise of a vet or nurse, to be carried out by traditional service providers.
The procedures in question include hoof trimming, farriery or scanning of cattle and sheep.
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney confirmed that he had secured Government approval to publish a bill to amend the Veterinary Practice Act 2005.
"It was never intended that the Veterinary Practice Act 2005, which brought regulation of the veterinary profession up to date, would unduly restrict the ability of skilled persons such as farriers or farm-relief personnel to attend to the ongoing and routine needs of animals where the expertise of a veterinary practitioner or a veterinary nurse was not required," Mr Coveney said.