The Council appoints committees and advisory groups to help it with its work.
The Notifications Review Group (NRG)
- considers issues raised about a veterinarian's conduct, performance or health
- where indicated, makes referrals to the Council to deal with concerns about health or competence
- where indicated, makes inquiries and refers matters to a Complaints Assessment Committee
Complaints Assessment Committee
The Complaints Assessment Committee investigates complaints against veterinarians. It considers what action to take or recommend that the Council takes following an investigation. These actions can be taking no further action, providing advice to the veterinarian and/or complainant, recommending medical or competence assessment for the veterinarian, facilitating mediation between the parties or laying charges of professional misconduct against a veterinarian.
A Judicial Committee is formed to hear any charge of professional misconduct against a veterinarian.
A Judicial Committee consists of three to five members, including a experienced solicitor/barrister of the High Court, a layperson, a member of the Council and a veterinarian with relevant experience (i.e. relevant to the animal/species/area of the complaint). A Judicial Committee is appointed for each hearing.
Professional Standards Committee
The Professional Standards Committee makes recommendations to Council on issues such as the maintenance and development of professional standards, continuing professional development (CPD) requirements and changes to the Code of Professional Conduct.
Finance and Risk Committee
Council’s fiduciary role is to approve the business plan and budget, monitor organisational and financial performance, ensure sound financial management practices are in place, monitor risks and protect the Council’s assets. The Council’s Finance and Risk Committee assists the Council in discharging these responsibilities with respect to overseeing all aspects of financial management and reporting, control and audit functions and monitoring and reporting on risks.