Code of Practice for Debarking of Dogs - Victoria


This Code outlines responsibilities, requirements and permitted circumstances for the debarking of dogs. Debarking is a surgical operation performed by a registered veterinarian to reduce the noise of a dog's bark.

This Code should be read in conjunction with the Act which prohibits debarking of dogs except in extreme circumstances and only on the advice of a registered veterinary practitioner.

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Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

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Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Agriculture Victoria

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