What does it mean to be a RCVS Core Standards accredited practice?
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
By having these policies in place, we at Hawick Veterinary Practice can ensure that your pets receive a high standard of care and treatment.