The object of this Act is to regulate the provision of veterinary services for the following purposes:
a) to promote the welfare of animals
b) to ensure that consumers of veterinary services are well informed as to the competencies required of veterinary practitioners
c) to ensure that acceptable standards are required to be met by veterinary practitioners so as to meet the public interest and national and international trade requirements
d) to provide public health protection.
The Veterinary Practitioners Code of Professional Conduct is made under section 37 of the Veterinary Practice Act 2013.