Code of Practice for the Responsible Breeding of Animals with Heritable Defects that Cause Disease - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this code if you intend to breed animals (such as cats or dogs) with genetic diseases. The purpose of the code is to set standards for the prevention and spread of heritable defects in animals and the expression of disease caused by them. The code requires that animals with disease caused by a heritable defect must not be disposed of to another person without advice of the animal's heritable defect status.

The standards set by the code should be practised by owners and custodians of animals used for breeding that are affected by any heritable defect that causes disease, and must be observed for breeding of animals with heritable (genetic) defects.

The advice provided by the breeder must include:

  • permanent identification details e.g. number of microchip implant, brand, ear tag or tattoo, depending on the accepted method of permanent identification for the species of animal
  • veterinary certificate with details of the diagnosis linked to that permanent identification.

Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. However, by complying with this code, you can demonstrate that you have met your legal obligations. Proving that you have complied with this code can be used as a defence against a charge of cruelty or aggravated cruelty to animals.

Please contact the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address:
475 Mickleham Road
Attwood, Victoria 3049
Mailing address:
PO Box 2500


03 9217 4200


03 9217 4416


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