MENUMENU

RCVS Accredited Practice

 

 

RCVS Accreditation

 Royal College Practice Standards Scheme

Around 50% of the veterinary practices in the UK are voluntarily accredited by the RCVS 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

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

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

Source: RCVS

   

We are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

When looking for a reputable company, whether it’s a plumber, solicitor or a vet, you need to know that the provider is professional and trustworthy. One way of doing this is to check that the business is accredited by an official body.

Parklands Veterinary Group holds accreditation by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons having voluntarily joined the process and continually passed rigorous inspection. Among the vast array of assessments, the Royal College qualified inspector has found extremely high standards of hygiene, patient care, staff training and communication with owners. We also provide owners with a committement to being here for your emergency needs 24 hours per day.

The Practice Standards Scheme exists to reassure pet owners in times when new businesses may seek to offer services at a low cost, whilst electing not to undergo inspection to even a Core Standards level.

It is certainly a challenge and an achievement for a veterinary practice to sustain high standards in the way we have done over the years, passing inspections every 4 years and being open to on-the-spot inspection by the Royal College at any time.

We are very proud to say that you can be assured of an extremely high standard of professionalism, expertise and care from our team at Castle Vets as we continue to provide quality services and facilities for pet owners throughout the area.

What does it all mean for you?

Firstly, it provides a quality mark, an official recognition of the high standards achieved by the practice. An accredited practice will have volunteered to undergo rigorous inspection by a Royal College qualified inspector who has found high standards of hygiene, patient care, staff training and communication with owners.

Client communication is a hugely important area, and something we take very seriously. We endeavour to keep owners informed at every stage of their pet’s care, from estimating the cost of a procedure, ensuring the way forward is fully explained and informed consent is obtained, to giving progress reports and on-going advice and support. We will also react appropriately to any feedback received.

24 hour patient care is another area subject to inspection. Parklands is committed to our clients and our patients for the out of hours emergency service. We do not refer you to other providers in Belfast for out of hours service or use other practices.

Accredited practices must also have access to laboratory facilities for diagnostic tests and at Parklands, as well as using external laboratories for certain investigations, we have an in-house laboratory enabling quick results for the more routine diagnostic tests.

We have also been shown to have excellent commitment to continued training and development of all our staff. The myriad of health and safety requirements covering employees and clients, the practice premises and equipment have all been met and will be rigorously maintained.

In short, our accreditation should bring peace of mind to our clients and an assurance that their pets are receiving the highest standard of veterinary care. It also gives a greater indication of the quality of our service and facilities to the animal-owning public who may be searching for the best possible medical treatment for their pets and to job-seekers interested in training in the veterinary profession.

 

 

Parklands Veterinary practices are all RCVS Accredited  with separate awards for the Small Animal, Farm and Equine departments. 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 Practice – 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, 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

 

Our small animal branch surgeries are RCVS Accredited small animal practices.

To be accredited as an RCVS General Practice, a veterinary practice must satisfy the Core Standards, plus, amongst other things, must:

  • 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

 

Our Farm and Equine departments have breed specific accreditation for both Equines and Farm animals.

 

To be accredited as an RCVS General Practice, a veterinary practice must satisfy the Core Standards, plus, amongst other things, must:

 

  • 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