Function VF 110
Veterinary services
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    Provision of services through Chief Veterinary Officer Animals

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    Animal protection Agriculture Fisheries and wildlife

 
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Background A Veterinary Inspector appears to have been first appointed in the Department of Public Health on 10 June 1896 (Public Service Lists). By 1905 the duties of the Veterinary Inspector are listed as inquiry "into the healthiness of dairy cattle and into sanitary circumstances of dairies, slaughter-houses and butcher shops and into the wholesomeness of meat supplies" (Public Service Lists). It is evident that the sale of milk and butter was regulated at this time under the Health Act. The Milk and Dairy Supervision Act 1905 (No.2011) provided for a greater regulation of milk, butter and cheese production and marketing. The Minister of Agriculture was vested with responsibility for administration of the Act by extension through local councils (see VRG 12) where necessary. A series of later Acts led to licensing and supervision of all types of milk, butter and cheese producers, and ultimately of many retailers. In many cases administration of these Acts was carried out through some form of departmental committee or statutory authority. From 22 January 1906 the Chief Veterinary Inspector became part of the Agriculture portfolio. In 1919 a grant was made to the University of Melbourne for veterinary research which continued for many years. The Agricultural portfolio also included the Veterinary Board of Victoria which registers veterinary surgeons working in Victoria. The Department of Agriculture operated through a divisional structure. The Division of Animal Health formed early in 1966 from the former Livestock Division. The Division assumed responsibility for developing veterinary diagnostic services. As at 1994 the Veterinary Services section of the Animal Standards Branch is currently responsible for the prevention, investigation, diagnosis and control of disease and chemical residues in stock and diseases transmissible from animals to humans, the management of Victoria's contribution to the national brucellosis and tuberculosis eradication campaign and for the investigation of cruelty to farm animals.
 
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    Animal protection VF 111
    Fisheries and wildlife VF 98
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    Agriculture VF 245
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- 1906 Department of Public Health VA 2904
1906 - 1985 Department of Agriculture VA 618
1985 - 1995 Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (known as Department of Agriculture 1991-1992; Department of Food and Agriculture January 1992 - October 1992; Department of Agriculture 1992 - 1995) VA 2649
1995 - 1996 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources VA 3097
1996 - 1996 Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals VA 3744
1996 - cont Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
2002 - 2013 Department of Primary Industries VA 4563
2013 - 2014 Department of Environment and Primary Industries VA 5002
2015 - cont Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources VA 5034
By 1888 - cont Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria (formerly known as the Veterinary Board of Victoria 1888-1997) VA 1148
 
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- 1906 Health VRG 39
1906 - cont Agriculture VRG 34