Practice standards

RCVS Practice Standards SchemeThe Falkland Veterinary Clinic is accredited to the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Practice Standards Scheme.

This is a voluntary initiative, which by setting standards and carrying out regular inspections, aims to promote and maintain high standards of facilities and care within UK veterinary practices. It offers peace of mind to clients of accredited practices that their veterinary surgeons and nurses are properly qualified and fit to practice and provides a more informed choice to the animal owning public.

To become accredited, practices volunteer for rigorous inspection every four years and are also subject to spot checks between inspections. To be accredited a veterinary practice must, among other things:

  • Put in place arrangements for 24-hour emergency cover for patients.
  • Have appropriately trained staff for work undertaken (all staff must receive adequate training; vets and nurses must also continually undertake further training in order to keep abreast of developments in veterinary medicine).
  • Comply with minimum standards of cleanliness and hygiene; keep premises well maintained.
  • Ensure clients are given estimates of costs of treatments and consent to procedures undertaken.
  • Have essential diagnostic and surgical equipment for the work undertaken – these must be appropriately installed and maintained, be safe for staff and patients and suitable for all species treated.
  • Have appropriate facilities for hospitalisation of in-patients and adequate nursing care with minimal risk of infection.
  • Have an effective policy for communication with clients.
  • Have a system for monitoring the outcome of treatments.
  • Have access to laboratory facilities for diagnostic testing.
  • Have safe storage and dispensing of medications.
  • Have full compliance with all appropriate health and safety legislation.

We are proud to be inspected and approved to RCVS Practice Standards.