Veterinary Practice Act 2003 No 87
42 Board to investigate complaints
(1) The Board must, subject to this Part, conduct an investigation
into each complaint made under this Part.
(2) The Board may deal with one or more complaints about a veterinary
practitioner in an investigation.
(3) If during an investigation of any one or more complaints it
appears to the Board that there is a matter in respect of which another
complaint could have been made against the veterinary practitioner concerned,
the Board may deal with the matter in its investigation as if a complaint had
been made about the matter.
(4) For the purposes of subsection (3), the Board may deal with a
matter that could have been the subject of another complaint:
(a) whether that complaint could have been made instead of or in
addition to any complaint that was in fact made, and
(b) whether or not that complaint could have been made by the same
(5) If the Board deals with a matter in accordance with subsections
(3) and (4) as if a complaint had been made in relation to the matter, the
Board is to comply with section 41 (with appropriate modifications) in
relation to the matter.
(6) The Board may dismiss any complaint without investigation if
further particulars of the complaint are not given, or the complaint or the
further particulars are not verified, as required by the