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VETERINARY SURGEONS ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

   1.   Interpretation.

   2.   Establishment and constitution of veterinary board.

   3.   Meetings and procedure of board.

   4.   Appointment of veterinary registrar.

   5.   Persons who may be registered.

   6.   Registration.

   7.   Certificate of registration.

   8.   Correction of register.

   9.   Publications to be prima facie evidence.

   10.   Certified copies or extracts of register receivable in evidence.

   11.   Licensed veterinary practitioners.

   12.   Use of titles.

   13.   Prohibition of practice by unregistered or unlicensed persons.

   14.   Practice and recovery of fees.

   15.   Offences and penalties.

   16.   Power to strike off register or cancel the licence.

   17.   Powers of board when holding inquiry.

   18.   Offences by witnesses summoned to give evidence at inquiry.

   19.   Disciplinary powers of board.

   20.   Proceedings before board to be recorded and copy of order of board to be served.

   21.   Appeal from decision of board.

   22.   Power to apply to board for restoration of licence, etc.

   23.   Power of commissioner to exempt certain treatments, etc. from operation of Act.

   24.   Exemptions.

   25.   Rules.

 

CHAPTER 277
VETERINARY SURGEONS ACT.

Commencement: 3 April, 1958.

   An Act to make provision for the registration of practitioners of veterinary surgery and for other matters connected with and incidental to the practice of veterinary surgery.

 

1.   Interpretation.

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "board" means the Uganda Veterinary Board established under section 2;

   (b)   "licence" means a licence to practise veterinary surgery issued under section 11;

   (c)   "licensed veterinary practitioner" means any person to whom a licence under section 11 has been issued;

   (d)   "partner States" means the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Kenya;

   (e)   "register" means the register kept by the registrar in accordance with this Act;

   (f)   "registered veterinary surgeon" means a person whose name appears in the register;

   (g)   "registrar" means the veterinary registrar appointed under section 4;

   (h)    "veterinary officer" means a registered veterinary surgeon holding an office in the public service designated as such.

   (2) For the purposes of this Act, the practice of veterinary surgery shall be deemed to mean the performance of any operation and the giving of any treatment, advice, diagnosis or attendance in respect of an animal for gain or reward.

   (3) Whenever in any written law there is any reference to a legally qualified veterinary surgeon, or to a duly qualified veterinary surgeon, or to any person recognised by law as a veterinary surgeon, or to a member of the veterinary profession, the reference shall be construed to mean a reference to a person registered or licensed under this Act.

 

2.   Establishment and constitution of veterinary board.

   (1) For the purposes of this Act there is established a board, to be known as the Uganda Veterinary Board, which shall consist of a chairperson and not more than six other members, each of whom shall be a registered veterinary surgeon and who shall be appointed by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.

   (2) Each member of the board shall hold office for the period specified in the notice of his or her appointment and shall be eligible for reappointment.

   (3) Any member of the board may at any time by writing under his or her hand addressed to the secretary to the board resign his or her office.

   (4) The board may sue and be sued under the name of the Uganda Veterinary Board, and service on the board of all legal processes and notices shall be effected by delivering them to the secretary to the board.

 

3.   Meetings and procedure of board.

   (1) The board shall meet at such times as may be necessary or expedient for the transaction of its business, and any such meeting shall be convened by the chairperson of the board.

   (2) The chairperson of the board shall preside at all meetings of the board at which he or she is present, and in the absence of the chairperson from any meeting of the board, the members of the board present at the meeting and constituting a quorum shall elect from among their number a temporary chairperson for the purposes of the meeting.

   (3) At any meeting of the board four members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

   (4) A decision of the majority of members present and voting at any meeting of the board shall be deemed to be the decision of the board; and in the event of an equality of votes, the chairperson of the board, or, as the case may be, the temporary chairperson of the meeting, shall have a casting vote in addition to his or her deliberative vote.

   (5) There shall be a secretary to the board who shall be appointed by the board and who shall be responsible for recording the proceedings of the board and for communicating the decisions of the board to such persons and in such manner as the board may direct.

   (6) Subject to this Act, the board may regulate its own procedure.

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