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BVA responds to LRO consultation

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THE BVA has submitted its response to Defra's consultation on its proposals for a Legislative Reform Order (LRO) to amend the Veterinary Surgeons Act.

Defra launched its consultation in January (VR, January 21, 2012, vol 170, p 63). Under its proposals, the RCVS would be able to reconstitute its disciplinary committees independently of the RCVS Council.

In its response, the BVA says it has long believed that the disciplinary functions of the RCVS could be improved, and gives its support to the proposed LRO and the separation of the RCVS Preliminary Investigation Committee (PIC) and Disciplinary Committee (DC) from the RCVS Council. ‘We welcome the intended revision of the Veterinary Surgeons Act by the LRO …

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