The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has launched an animated video to help promote, and explain the benefits of, its veterinary practice accreditation scheme to pet owners.

The video offers a light-hearted explanation of the standards pet owners can expect from an RCVS-accredited practice

To achieve RCVS-accredited status, practices volunteer for rigorous inspection every four years and will have met stringent standards across a wide range of areas, including cleanliness and hygiene, facilities and equipment, staff training and development, and customer service. Practices may also be subject to spot-checks between inspections.  

Jacqui Molyneux, who heads up the RCVS Practice Standards Group, said: “Our video is a light-hearted explanation of the Practice Standards Scheme, how it can help animal owners decide which practice to go to and reassure them about the standards they can expect to find at an RCVS-accredited practice.”  

The video is available via the RCVS website, YouTube channel and Facebook page, and a similar version will shortly be available for RCVS-accredited practices to show their clients, either on their own websites and social media channels, or in the waiting room.

Mrs Molyneux added: “Not only do we want to spread the word about the benefits of the Practice Standards Scheme and suggest animal owners look for the RCVS-accredited practice logo, but we also want to give accredited practices an engaging way of telling their clients about their achievement.

“Gaining RCVS accreditation is not easy, so accredited practices deserve every opportunity to demonstrate to their clients their commitment to supporting high standards of veterinary care. This fun, two-minute video should help them do just that,” she added.  

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