Royal College Practice Standards Scheme
These Standards apply to all types of accredited practices. To be accredited to Core Standards, a veterinary practice must, among other things:
- Put in place arrangements for 24-hour emergency cover for patients (this might be done by the practice itself, or through arrangements with another practice or emergency service provider)
- Have appropriately trained staff for work undertaken (veterinary qualifications and insurance are checked)
- Comply with minimum standards of cleanliness and hygiene
- Make clients aware of arrangements for checking and monitoring patients kept in overnight
- Ensure clients are given estimates of costs of treatments and consent to procedures undertaken
- Have basic diagnostic and surgical equipment for the work undertaken – these must be installed and maintained in accordance with health and safety requirements
- Have an effective policy for communication with clients
An explanation of the quality assurance programme can be found here.
Getting The Best For Your Animal
Safeguarding the health and welfare of your animal(s) can only be achieved through a good working partnership with your veterinary practice. For this to happen, it is important that everyone understands what to expect from each other.
Read more about what to expect from your veterinary team, and your responsibilities as an animal owner.