How do you know whether the vet practice you use is ‘up to scratch’?

You might be surprised to know that although vet premises have to be registered there is no obligatory inspection. There is a Practice Standards Scheme run by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which practices can volunteer to join – and approximately 57% of practices have done so.

This means external inspectors go into the practice and check up on the things you can’t see – how clean the operating theatre is, how well the in-patients are cared for and many other points. The practice is then passed (or not!) at Core, General Practice or Hospital level.

So when you want to choose a practice – look for the logo.


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