Who are the RCVS?

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

The RCVS was established in 1844 by Royal Charter to be the governing body of the veterinary profession. Our statutory duties are currently laid out in the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.

They safeguard the interests of the public and animals by ensuring that only those registered with them can carry out acts of veterinary surgery.

As a statutory regulator they are responsible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 for keeping the register of veterinary surgeons eligible to practise in the UK, setting standards for veterinary education and regulating the professional conduct of veterinary surgeons.

They also exercise powers under their Royal Charter to award Fellowships, Diplomas and Certificates to veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and others.

They set the standards for and monitor the quality of veterinary education; they hold Registers of those vets and veterinary nurses who are qualified to practise; set professional standards for vets and veterinary nurses; and help practices raise their standards through the Practice Standards Scheme.

About the Practice Standards Scheme

What is the Practice Standards Scheme?

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (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.

To get accreditation each practice must go through strict inspections covering all aspects of the provision of veterinary care. This checks and monitors the standard of education and skill of the veterinary surgeons working at the practice by ensuring they complete the required number of hours of continuing professional development (CPD) every year. Through this all vets are keeping up to date with continued education and skill development ensuring your pet is being treated by competent and educated professionals. This also applies to the nursing staff who are regulated and monitored in the same way.

In addition to this the practice is inspected regularly to ensure the facilities meet regulations and are of a high quality and standard. There is a list of criteria to meet in terms of the provision of equipment and diagnostic aids, types of services available, the level of care your pet receives, record keeping, clinical standards and health and safety.

Rest assured if you are taking your pet to an RCVS accredited practice he or she will be getting a high level of service by experienced and competent vets and nurses and in a safe and regulated environment. Hollygate Veterinary Clinic is proud to be part of the scheme to ensure your pet gets nothing but the best.

Watch the link available to learn more about RCVS Accreditation.