EXCLUSIVE: Doctors and dentists can now perform medical procedures on animals under new laws
Doctors and dentists be allowed to perform medical procedures on animals under new laws recently signed into force by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.
Up to now under the law registered veterinary practitioners where only allowed perform a procedure on an animal.
However, following a request to the Veterinary Council of Ireland from a vet seeking to have a medical consultant perform a complex cardiac operation on an animal.
It was established that there was no registered veterinary practitioner in the State who has the requisite skills to carry out the complex cardiac surgery.
The new law provides a legal mechanism where a veterinary practitioner may call on the assistance of an acknowledged expert medical or dental practitioner to assist in a complex procedure where there is no veterinary practitioner available with the necessary skills to carry out the procedure.
Procedures undertaken in such circumstances must be carried out in the presence of the veterinary practitioner who has requested the assistance and who retains responsibility for the welfare of the animal under his/her care.
Similar legal mechanism are already available in other jurisdictions.
There are however a number of stipulations.