Practice News!

 What is the Practice Standards Scheme?

The RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) is a voluntary initiative to accredit veterinary practices in the UK.

Through setting standards and carrying out regular inspections, the Scheme aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care.

The accreditations available within the scheme are:

Core Standards

These standards are relevant to all veterinary practices and reflect mainly legal requirements which must be met in running a veterinary practice, together with guidance as set out in the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct.

Every practice premises within the Scheme must meet Core Standards for all species treated.

 General Practice

The following categories are recognised:

  • Small Animal
  • Equine
  • Farm Animal
  • Small Animal Emergency Service Clinic

For Small Animal and Equine practices the standards reflect the requirements of a primary care practice which also aims to facilitate the achievement of high standards of clinical care, and encompass many of the facilities required for veterinary nurse training standards

A General Practice must meet all the Core Standards as well as additional General Practice Standards.

 Veterinary Hospital 

The following categories are recognised:

  • Small Animal
  • Equine

For Small Animal and Equine Veterinary Hospitals, the standards reflect the requirements of a General Practice allied with additional facilities and protocols for the investigation and treatment of more complex cases. A Veterinary Hospital must meet all Core Standards and General Practice Standards in addition to specific Hospital Standards

Different premises within a practice may apply for different categories of accreditation (eg a main practice could be a Small Animal Veterinary Hospital ; with its branch an Equine General Practice) Also one premises may apply for multiple accreditation (eg. As an Equine Veterinary Hospital & a Small Animal General Practice.)

We joined the scheme in 2011 and became a Core Standard Practice, We recently had another inspection and from that we have moved up a tier to become a General Practice.  This is a huge achievement and we are all very proud.