On 4 December 2017 Ms Noelle Jane Mardling was convicted in the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court of unlawfully providing veterinary treatment for fee or reward whilst not being a qualified person (i.e. a registered veterinary surgeon) contrary to section 39(1) of the Veterinary Practice Act 2003 (SA) (the 'Act').
His Honour Magistrate Bennet imposed a bond to be of good behaviour for 18 months in the amount of $2,400 and ordered that Ms Mardling pay compensation to the owner of an animal which she had unlawfully treated in the sum of $800; and prosecution costs of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia in the sum of $800.
The purpose of section 39 of the Act is to protect the public and animal health, safety and welfare by making it an offence to provide veterinary treatment for fee or reward unless that treatment is provided by a qualified and competent person (i.e. a registered veterinary surgeon).
If you wish to check the registration status of a veterinary surgeon in South Australia, you can do so by visiting the Board's website at www.vsbsa.org.au and searching the 'Registered Vets' page, by telephoning the office on (08) 8359 3334 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.