PRIVATE VETERINARY CLINICS LAW OF LAGOS STATE

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PRIVATE VETERINARY CLINICS LAW

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

1.       Establishment of Private Veterinary Clinics Registration Authority

2.       Composition of member

3.       Meetings

4.       Quorum

5.       Functions of the Authority

6.       Secretary

7.       Register

8.       Custody of the register

9.       Alteration of register

10.     Power to co-opt

11.     Power of the Commissioner to give directives

12.     Registration of new and old private veterinary clinics

13.     Application for registration

14.     Conditions for registration

15.     Certificate of registration

16.     Display of certificate

17.     Management of private veterinary clinic

18.     Inspection and supervision

19.     Exemption

20.     Power to cancel or suspend registration

21.     Obstruction of duly authorised person by the Authority

22.     Offences and Penalties

23.     Regulations

24.     Interpretation

25.     Citation and Commencement

SCHEDULES

PRIVATE VETERINARY CLINICS LAW

A LAW TO MAKE PROVISIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE VETERINARY CLINICS IN LAGOS STATE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES CONNECTED PURPOSES

[Commencement]                                                 [20th September, 1991]

1.      Establishment of Private Veterinary Clinics Registration Authority

There is established within the State Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives an Authority to be known as the Private Veterinary Clinics Registration Authority (in this Law referred to as “the Authority”).

2.      Composition of member

(1)     The Authority shall consist of five (5) members to be appointed by the Commissioner.

(2)     The Chairman shall be the Director of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives or his representative not below grade level 14. The four (4) other members shall be officers of the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives.

3.      Meetings

(1)     The Authority may regulate its own proceedings at its meetings.

(2)     Every meeting of the Authority shall be presided over by the Chairman or his representative.

(3)     A record shall be kept of the members present and the business transacted.

4.      Quorum

The quorum of the meeting shall be three (3).

5.      Functions of the Authority

The functions of the Authority shall be to-

(a)     receive application for registration of premises to be used for private veterinary clinics;

(b)     inspect any premises to be registered for private veterinary clinics;

(c)     supervise private veterinary clinics registered under this Law;

(d)     issue certificate of registration;

(e)     charge fees payable for application forms and for any other services rendered under this Law; and

(f)      suspend, revoke or cancel any certificate of registration issued under this Law.

6.      Secretary

(1)     There shall be a Secretary who shall be a veterinary surgeon, and who shall in addition to his functions under this Law have such other administrative functions as may be assigned to him by the Authority.

(2)     Where under this Law any function or power is conferred on the Authority shall exercise of such function or power by the Authority shall be signified in writing by the Secretary.

7.      Register

The Secretary shall cause to be kept and maintained an up-to-date register of all registered private veterinary clinics under the Authority and such other particulars as the Commissioner may prescribe.

8.      Custody of the register

The Secretary shall secure the safety of the register maintained under this Law, which is in his custody and when not in use, the register shall be kept in such a way as the Secretary may direct.

9.      Alteration of register

No person may insert, delete, alter or cause to be altered, inserted, deleted or altered any particular in the register relating to any registered private veterinary clinic unless the Authority so directs in writing.

10.    Power to co-opt

Where upon a special occasion the Authority desires to obtain advice of any person upon any matter, it may co-opt such person to be a member of the meeting(s) as may be required and such person shall, whilst so co-opted, have all the rights and privileges of a member of the Authority but shall not be entitled to vote on any question or count towards a quorum.

11.    Power of the Commissioner to give directives

(1)     Subject to the provisions of this Law, the Commissioner may give the Authority, general or specific directives as to the policy to be followed in the exercise of its functions, and the Authority shall comply with such directives.

(2)     Subject to the provisions of this Law, the Commissioner may give to the Authority, general or specific direction as to what fees to charge for the initial registration and subsequent renewal of registration of private veterinary clinic in the State and the Authority shall comply and give effect to all such directions.

12.    Registration of new and old private veterinary clinics

As from the commencement of this Law no person shall establish, carry on or run a new or old private veterinary clinic in the State in any premises not registered with the Authority.

13.    Application for registration

(1)     Application for registration shall be made to the Authority as prescribed in Schedule 1.

[Schedule 1]

(2)     Fees for application under this Section shall be as prescribed in Schedule 2.

[Schedule 2]

14.    Conditions for registration

Subject to the provisions of this Law, the premises intended to be used as private veterinary clinic may not be registered by the Authority unless the Authority is satisfied that-

(a)     the veterinary surgeon in charge of the clinic is a qualified veterinary surgeon and he is registered with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria;

(b)     it has at least two (2) assistants who are in all respects fit and proper persons;

(c)     the premises (the site, building and general amenities) are in all respects satisfactory; and

(d)     there are-

(i)      a clean waiting room,

(ii)     treatment surgery room,

(iii)    examination table,

(iv)    drug cabinets (with locks),

(v)     routine surgical equipments (forceps scalpel, scissors, etc.),

(vi)    routine examination equipments (stethoscope, thermometer, etc.),

(vii)   adequate water supply and good drainage,

(viii)   adequate lighting in the clinic,

(ix)    good ventilation in the clinic,

(x)     kennel (optional) must have handlers, good drainage, space for exercise and water;

(e)     the private veterinary clinic complies with the provisions of this Law and the Public Health Law.

15.    Certificate of registration

(1)     The Authority shall issue a certificate to any person who applies under this Law and has satisfied the conditions stated in Section 14 of this Law in respect of premises to be used for private veterinary clinics.

(2)     Certificate of registration issued by the Authority shall be signed by the Secretary and shall contain the seal of the Authority.

16.    Display of certificate

Certificate of registration issued under this Law shall be displayed conspicuously in a place in the private veterinary clinic.

17.    Management of private veterinary clinic

Every private veterinary clinic shall be under the management control and supervision of qualified veterinary surgeon registered with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria.

18.    Inspection and supervision

(1)     The Authority or its duly authorised agents may at all reasonably times enter premises in respect of which the Authority had received application for registration as private veterinary clinic, for purposes of inspection and to ensure that conditions for registration under Section 14 of this Law are being complied with.

(2)     The Authority or its duly authorised agents may enter a registered private veterinary clinic in the State for the purpose of supervision and may require to be produced to it all or any of the records, registers and other documents required to be kept under the provisions of this Law and the veterinary surgeon in charge shall take such steps as may be necessary to facilitate such supervision and inspection.

19.    Exemption

The Authority may with the written approval of the Commissioner grant exemption from registration, inspection or supervision in respect of a private veterinary clinic where it is satisfied that the private veterinary clinic is carried on, on charitable basis.

20.    Power to cancel or suspend registration

Where it appears to the Authority that the provisions of this Law are not being carried into effect in a private veterinary clinic or that the private veterinary clinic is not being conducted in the best interest of the health or well-being of the animals admitted or that any veterinary surgeon connected with the private veterinary clinic has ceased to be a fit and proper person, the Authority may by order published in the State Gazette-

(a)     suspend the registration of such private veterinary clinic until the conditions which caused the order of suspension to be issued have been rectified; or

(b)     cancel the registration of such veterinary clinic.

21.    Obstruction of duly authorised person by the Authority

(1)     Any person who wilfully delays or obstructs a person duly authorised by the Authority in the performance of its functions under this Law, or fails without reasonable excuse to give any information, which he is duly required to give commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of Ten Thousand Naira (₦10,000.00).

(2)     When an order of suspension or cancellation of registration of a private veterinary clinic has been made under the provisions of subsection (1) of this Section, such private veterinary clinic shall thereupon be closed.

(3)     A person aggrieved by an order of suspension or cancellation made under the provisions of this section may appeal to the Commissioner.

(4)     An order of suspension or cancellation made under the provisions of this section shall be in addition to any proceedings which may be instituted in respect of any contravention or failure to comply with the provisions of this Law and to any penalties which may be imposed on conviction in such proceedings.

(5)     Save in the case of serious infectious disease or other public danger the Authority shall give to the person concerned fourteen (14) days’ notice of the Authority’s intention to suspend or cancel the registration.

22.    Offences and Penalties

(1)     Where an offence has been committed against this Law as regards the establishment or the conduct of a private veterinary clinic and such private veterinary clinic is owned by a person, then in addition to the veterinary surgeon in charge, such person or in the case of a company, every director, manager, secretary and other officer knowingly being a party to such offence, commits an offence and liable on conviction to the same punishment.

(2)     A person contravening or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this Law for which no penalty has been provided commits an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (₦50,000.00), in case of an individual. In case of a company, it shall be liable to a fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (₦50,000.00).

(3)     For any subsequent offence-

(a)     in the case of an individual a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (₦100,000.00) or imprisonment for six (6) months or both;

(b)     in the case of a company, a fine of Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (₦450,000.00).

23.    Regulations

The Authority may, with the approval of the Commissioner subject to the Regulation Approval Law, make regulations in respect of the establishment, registration, conduct, supervision and inspection of private veterinary clinics within the State and generally for the carrying into effect the purposes of this Law and without prejudice to the generalities of the power so conferred in particular for-

(a)     the Authority may with the approval of the Commissioner prescribe and regulate-

(i)      the standards of sanitary arrangement;

(ii)     the accommodation for animals;

(iii)    the accommodation and equipment for operating theatres, laboratories,  sterilisation and disinfection, pharmacies and other similar purposes;

(iv)    the number of qualified attendants and assistants employed;

(v)     the preparation and storage of food and drugs, and where drugs are dispensed in a private veterinary clinic the number of qualified pharmacists or pharmacy technicians or assistants to be employed;

(vi)    the arrangements for disinfection and the prevention of the spread of  infections;

(vii)   the arrangements for the prevention and control of fire and for the safety of animals and staff in the event of fire;

(viii)   the records and statistics to be kept and mode of keeping them as well  as regular returns of such records and statistics to the Authority;

(ix)    the registers and records to be kept and notification in respect of  disease out-break and notifiable diseases;

(x)     the conditions or requirements applicable for the registration of private  veterinary clinic under this Law;

(xi)    the maximum fees and charges allowable; and

(b)     prescribing the mode of execution of the provisions of this Law.

24.    Interpretation

In this Law, unless the context otherwise requires—

“Commissioner” means the State Commissioner charged with the responsibility for Agriculture and Co-operatives;

“Private veterinary clinic” means a veterinary clinic establishment privately owned and not under the State, local government or any government agency, and carrying on the business of offering veterinary services;

“State” means the Lagos State of Nigeria;

“veterinary surgeon” means a surgeon registered under the Veterinary Surgeons Act.

25.    Citation and Commencement

This Law may be cited as the Private Veterinary Clinics Law and shall come into force on 20th day of September 1991.

FIRST SCHEDULE

Section 11(1)

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Veterinary Department

Alausa, Ikeja

<T3>APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE VETERINARY CLINIC

1. Name of Clinic …………………………………………………………………………….

2. Address …………………………………………………………………………………

3. Name of Veterinary Surgeons …………………………………………………………….. (State degree(s))

4. Address …………………………………………………………………………………….

5. Veterinary Council Reg. No……………………………………………………………….

6. Any boarding facility? Yes or No………………………………………………………….

7A. Any para-vet staff? ………………………………………………………………………

7B. If yes, how many………………………………………………………………………..

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

I have inspected the above named veterinary clinic and find the facilities adequate for veterinary practice. The application is approved/not approved.

Name of Authorising Officer …………………………………………………………………..

Designation …………………………………………………………………………………

Signature ……………………………………………………………………………………..

Date……………………………………………………………………………………………..

SECOND SCHEDULE

Section 11(2)

FEES

1.       Obtaining Application Form for Registration…………………………………………₦50.00

2.       Issuing Registration License…………………………………………………….₦250.00

3.       Renewal of License………………………………………………………………….₦200.00

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