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


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 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.

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Agriculture Victoria

Contact details

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Licensing Officer

Agriculture Victoria

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Operating address: Level 35,
121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Operating address: 1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Mailing address: General Post Office Box 4509
Melbourne, Victoria
Mailing address: PO Box 2500
Bendigo, Victoria
Mailing address: PO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 13 61 86