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


This code sets standards for the prevention and spread of heritable defects and the expression of disease caused by them. It aims to educate animal breeders on how to best minimise or avoid the development of heritable disease in progeny caused by inappropriate selection and mating of animals with heritable (genetic) defects. It also outlines breeding practices that will assist the reduction of the prevalence of the heritable defect in the animal population.

The standards set by the code should be practiced 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 causing the diseases listed the Schedule of the Act.

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 Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Agriculture Victoria

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