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(1)The Secretary of State shall, after consultation with the presidents of the British Veterinary Association, the National Federation of Zoological Gardens and the National Zoological Association and with such other persons as he thinks fit, compile a list consisting of two parts, the first part containing the names of veterinary surgeons and veterinary practitioners falling within subsection (2) and the second part containing the names of persons falling within subsection (3).
(2)The surgeons and practitioners shall have experience of animals of kinds which are kept in zoos or which in the Secretary of State’s opinion might be so kept [F1and shall be competent to advise about the implementation in zoos of the conservation measures referred to in section 1A].
(3)Each of the persons shall be competent in the Secretary of State’s opinion to do all the following, namely, to inspect animals in zoos, to advise on keeping them and on their welfare, [F2to advise about the implementation in zoos of the conservation measures referred to in section 1A,] and to advise on the management of zoos generally.
(4)A person’s name may be contained in both the first and the second parts of the list.
(5)After such consultation, the Secretary of State may vary the list by adding names or deleting them (or both).
(6)Persons on the list may charge the licensing authority such amounts in respect of their services and expenses as the Secretary of State may from time to time determine with the approval of the Minister for the Civil Service.
After consulting such persons on the list and such other persons as he thinks fit, the Secretary of State may from time to time specify standards of modern zoo practice, that is, standards with respect to the management of zoos and the animals in them.
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