VETERINARIANS

The use of x-ray equipment and lasers in Western Australia must comply with the requirements of the Radiation Safety Act and the Radiation Safety (General) Regulations. The following information is relevant for veterinarians that use x-ray equipment or lasers during the course of their business.

 

Licensing for X-ray Equipment

Veterinarians must either hold a licence to operate radiographic x-ray equipment, or use the equipment under the direction and personal supervision of a licensee. Personal supervision requires that the licensee is present on the registered premises or field site.

To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence for veterinary radiography, you will need to be a registered veterinarian in Western Australia and have graduated in or since 1984 from an Australian university veterinary school. If you do not meet the qualifications criteria then you must pass a radiation safety examination, which is held on behalf of the Radiological Council by the Diagnostic Imaging Section of Veterinary Clinical Science, Murdoch University. To organise an examination, contact Dr Jennifer Richardson at the University directly via email, Jen.Richardson@murdoch.edu.au, or phone 08 9360 2475.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

Veterinarians wanting to operate fluoroscopic or computed tomographic equipment must, in addition to meeting the above criteria, be eligible for fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientist, Radiology Chapter or be recognised by the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia for specialist registration.

 

Licensing for Lasers

Veterinarians must hold a licence under the Radiation Safety Act to use Class 3B and/or Class 4 lasers.

To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to be a veterinarian registerd with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia and have attended a recognised laser safety course. See courses and examinations for further information on recognised radiation safety courses.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

 

Registration

The premises and all x-ray equipment and lasers in use or storage must be registered. Should you need to make an application for registration, you will need to complete and submit a registration application form [PDF < 100 kb]. Registrations are not transferrable between owners. The new owner of the premises and any x-ray equipment or lasers must apply for a new registration.

A nomination for the Radiation Safety Officer will need to be made on the registration application. To make a change of Radiation Safety Officer, you will need to submit a nomination to the Radiological Council in writing.

You must give prior written notification to the Radiological Council of any planned changes that affect the information previously supplied for your registration. The registration amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to advise of new equipment, sale or transfer of equipment, or disposal of equipment. For changes not covered by this form, you will need to submit written notification to Council requesting your registration be amended.

For both new registration applications and amendment to an existing registration, the following must be considered –

 

Further Information

 

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Page last revised: 20 August 2013