Practice Standards Scheme
The Practice Standards Scheme has been running for seven years and over half the UK’s practice premises are now accredited under the Scheme.
Practices can be accredited as:
- General Practice (small animal, farm animal, equine or emergency services clinic), or
- Veterinary Hospital (equine or small animal).
Even practices which do not progress to accreditation can benefit from following the scheme manual, which is available from RCVSonline.
The scheme was given new logos in 2011, in line the RCVS rebranding exercise. Accredited practices can email email@example.com to receive the logos that are appropriate for their type of accreditation.
The new logo is being publicised via a series of adverts in cat, dog and horse owner publications in early 2012, and new bookmarks are available from the college to help practices promote their accreditation to clients.
Practice managers wishing to stay up to date with changes to the scheme, and the latest tips on promoting their accreditation, should email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to the scheme's free e-newsletter for accredited practices.
The scheme’s second five-year review is now underway. Practice managers wishing to contribute should contact the Veterinary Practice Management Association representative on the Practice Standards Group.