New Zealanders are being urged to have their say on rules governing surgical procedures on animals before submissions close next week.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is proposing clearer rules about who can do what, looking at regulations to clarify the rules for significant surgical procedures on a wide range of animals.
Deputy director general for regulation and assurance, Bryan Wilson, said it was essential that procedures on animals be carried out by the right people with the right skills and care, to ensure the wellbeing of animals.
"We are proposing clearer rules about who can carry out certain procedures on animals and how they must be done.
"We want to hear from people who work with and care for animals, and anyone else who is interested in animal welfare regulations."
Public consultation is open with submissions closing on Wednesday July 24 on proposed regulations under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Seven public meetings were held around the country during June and July.
"Animal welfare matters. It's important to animals, it's important to people and it's important to New Zealand," Wilson said.
"The proposed rules mostly allow competent people to continue doing routine procedures on animals. Some proposals raise the standard."
To make a submission, find a public meeting or find out more visit www.mpi.govt.nz/animal-consult.