The Veterinary Hospital Standard


Do you know what this means?

A Veterinary Hospital is a practice that meets the most exacting standards applied in this country. The standards are many and varied to include the premises, the equipment, the vets, nurses and the level of care provided. These standards are set and enforced by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, our governing body. Registered Veterinary Hospitals are independently inspected to ensure compliance.

The RCVS introduced their three tier Practice Standards Scheme in 2005 with revisions and updates in 2010 and 2015. 

Click here to visit the RCVS website for further information.

Many aspects of pet care that may be taken for granted can only be guaranteed to happen in a Veterinary Hospital.

  • Veterinary Hospitals are the only practices where you can be certain your pet will never be left alone. A Veterinary Hospital will have a vet or nurse on the premises 24 hours a day – every day of the year.
  • Veterinary Hospitals must have a dedicated, aseptic operating theatre in which to perform your pet’s operations.
  • Veterinary Hospitals have an obligation to make sure their vets and other staff members are well-qualified and up to date.
  • Veterinary Hospital status ensures Xray, ultrasound, ECG, laboratory facilities, an up-to-date library and much more will be present on site.
  • Veterinary Hospitals guaranteed to have a dedicated ward with sufficient, comfortable kennels as well as intensive care and isolation facilities.
  • Veterinary Hospitals are required to ensure that if your pet is anaesthetised, there will be a vet or nurse monitoring the anaesthetic from start to finish.

Wherever you see the BVHA logo displayed, you know that the practice meets the very high standards required.

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