Code of Practice for Debarking of Dogs - Victoria


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

It should be read in conjunction with Clause 9(l) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act which prohibits debarking of dogs except in extreme circumstances and by and on the advice of a registered veterinary practitioner.

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

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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.

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Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


Contact details

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Licensing Officer


Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address: 475 Mickleham Road
Attwood, Victoria 3049
Mailing address: PO Box 2500
Bendigo, Victoria
Phone: 03 9217 4200
Fax: 03 9217 4416