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Privacy Statement

VICS is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information in accordance with the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs), which are set out in the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

The IPPs govern the collection, use, handling and disclosure of personal and sensitive information.

This Privacy Statement explains how VICS will handle your personal information when you access and interact with this Website.


What is personal information?

For the purposes of this Privacy Statement, the term 'personal information' has the same meaning as provided in the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, that being:

'information or an opinion (including information or an opinion forming part of a database), that is recorded in any form and whether true or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion'.


Collection of personal information

It is intended that this Website can be used anonymously. However, for some functions, the collection of personal information is necessary or unavoidable.

Examples of where it may be necessary or unavoidable for VICS to collect your personal information via this Website may include when you or another person:

  • submit electronic forms via this Website

  • respond to an online survey which we may conduct on this Website

  • provide any message or comment to us on this Website

  • participate in any competition or challenge (including but not limited to research projects, funding and sponsorship programs) we may run from time to time on this Website

  • click through to the Website from any email from VICS or

  • subscribe to receive newsletters or other services on this Website.

In most cases, you will know if we are collecting your personal information because you will be requested to provide it.

There are two exceptions to this:

  1. When another person provides your personal information to us. VICS cannot prevent this. However if you become aware of this, you are entitled to contact us and request that we correct any information we hold about you if you believe that the information is not accurate, complete and up to date.


  2. When we collect website visitation statistics using a web analytics service for measuring the usage of our Website.


Use and disclosure of personal information

We will only use personal information provided for the purposes for which it was collected, or for a secondary purpose where we are permitted to do so under the Privacy and Data Protection Act, 2014.

We may disclose personal information to third parties engaged to carry out services on behalf of VICS, to third parties involved in any restructuring of VICS as an organisation, and if required by law.



This Website uses cookies to make your experience of the site easier and more efficient. A cookie is a small data file placed on your hard drive by a web page server. A cookie cannot retrieve any data from your hard drive, pass on a computer virus, or capture your email address. The cookie will remain on your computer as a record for future visits to this Website.

You can configure your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, providing you with the opportunity to either accept or reject it. You can also refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser or deleting all cookies from your computer.


Measuring the usage of our websites

VICS uses Google Analytics to collect data to track how our visitors interact with this Website.  This data includes the number of visits to the Website, the time and date of visits to the Website and its pages, where the user came from, what the user did on the site and whether the user has completed any transactions on the site such as newsletter registration.

This information is anonymous and is used for statistical purposes to ensure that our Website is providing information relevant to our users. Google Analytics uses a first-party cookie and JavaScript code to collect this information. If you wish to opt out of these features, please contact us.


Linked Sites

This Privacy Statement applies only to the VICS website and does not apply to Linked Sites.

When accessing Linked Sites from any hyperlink appearing on this website, we recommend that you read any applicable privacy statement or policy applicable to that Linked Site.


Accessing and correcting personal information

You may request access, at any time, to any personal information we may have collected about you.

We will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is accurate, complete and up to date whenever VICS collects, discloses or uses it.

You may also request that we correct your personal information if you think it is not accurate, complete or up to date.


How to make privacy enquiries

Should you wish to gain access to, request the correction of, your personal information held by VICS, you wish to report a privacy breach, or if you have any other general enquiries relating to this Privacy Statement, please contact the VICS state-wide co-ordinators at:



This website contains information of a general nature and is not a substitute for seeking appropriate advice.

The information on this website has been produced by the VICS to meet specific needs and reflects the state of knowledge and practice as of the date of publication.

In view of the possibility of human error or advances in medical knowledge the VICS cannot and does not warrant that the information contained in these pages is in every respect accurate or complete. Accordingly, the VICS is not and will not be held responsible or liable for any errors or omissions that may be found in any of the information on this site.

This website includes links to third party sites. These links are provided for convenience only and do not signify that the VICS endorses such websites or their content. The VICS takes no responsibility for any loss or damage suffered by anyone using the linked websites.

The VICS accepts no liability for any interference with or damage to a user’s computer system, software or data as a result of connecting with this website, including without limitation, arising from viruses or other harmful codes.



You may download, display, print and reproduce this material in unaltered form only (retaining this notice) for your personal, non-commercial use or use within your organisation. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, all other rights are reserved. For requests and enquiries concerning reproduction and rights please contact the VICS.

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