RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Veterinary Hospital Status – What Does It Mean?
The RCVS is the regulatory body for the veterinary profession in the UK. Wood Street Veterinary Hospital is proud to be an approved member of the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme, and to have achieved Small Animal Hospital status. Only a very small proportion of Practices in the UK have achieved this level. Click on the image to the right for more infortmation on this.
What Does Accreditation Mean?
To be a Hospital under the scheme, a practice must:
Comply with Core standards Including legal and health and safety requirements AND Meet all requirements of a general practice, including showing a commitment to client care, having access to laboratory facilities and fulfilling an obligation to promote staff training. AND Fulfil specific hospital requirements:
- Nursing staff must be present on the premises round the clock and a veterinary surgeon available 24-hours a day to attend to in-patients if required. This means that continual nursing and veterinary care for in-patients is available.
- Clinical standards must be maintained and improved by monitoring performance and the outcome of treatments.
- The availability and overall quality and range of equipment is checked e.g. there must be specific diagnostic equipment available such as ECG and Ultrasound.
- The standard of the premises and facilities is rigorously examined, with emphasis on cleanliness and sterility.
- For more information regarding the Practice Standards Scheme please visit the RCVS website.