RCVS Accreditation

Around 50% of the veterinary practices in the UK are voluntarily accredited by the RCVS practice Standards Scheme.

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

Source: RCVS

An explanation of the quality assurance programme can be found at:

http://findavet.rcvs.org.uk/accredited-practices/about-the-practice-standards-scheme/

Pride Veterinary Centreis a Tier 3 RCVS Accredited Small Animal Hospital

This is the highest accreditation available on this scheme.

We are inspected on a regular basis and open to spot checks at any time to ensure we continue to deliver exceptional standards.

To be accredited a Hospital – a veterinary practice must meet Core Standards, plus those of the relevant General Practice.

In addition it must, among other things:

  • Ensure nursing staff are present on the premises round the clock, and a veterinary surgeon available 24 hours a day to attend to in-patients, if required
  • Maintain and improve clinical standards by monitoring performance and the outcome of treatments

  • Provide a range of specialist equipment, such as specific diagnostic equipment (ECG and ultrasound)
  • Submit to rigorous examination of its premises and facilities, with emphasis on cleanliness and sterility

Source: RCVS

RCVS Accredited Small Animal Practices

To be accredited as an RCVS General Practice, a veterinary practice must satisfy the Core Standards.

In addition to the core standards, they must amongst other things:

  • Have a system for monitoring the outcome of treatments
  • Show ongoing commitment to education and training of staff
  • Keep premises clean and well maintained

  • Have a policy for communicating with clients and looking at feedback
  • Have access to laboratory facilities for diagnostic testing

Source: RCVS

 

Breed Specific Accreditationfor Equine & Farm Animals

To be accredited as an RCVS General Practice, a veterinary practice must satisfy the Core Standards.

In addition to the core standards, they must amongst other things:

  • Have a system for monitoring the outcome of treatments
  • Show ongoing commitment to education and training of staff
  • Keep premises clean and well maintained

  • Have a policy for communicating with clients and looking at feedback
  • Have access to laboratory facilities for diagnostic testing

Source: RCVS