The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) will be holding a day of Practice Standards Scheme surgeries during the joint Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA)/Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) Congress in south Wales.

On Saturday, January 24 Practice Standards Scheme inspector Richard Killen will be holding the 45-minute surgeries during the congress, which takes place at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport.

The surgeries are available for any veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses or other members of the practice team who have queries about the Practice Standards Scheme, are interested in joining it or who wish to prepare for an inspection.

The RCVS will also have a stand at the congress (C39) where staff will be available to take queries and hand out literature about some of the college’s projects and initiatives.

Visitors can also drop by to pick up an RCVS-branded metal sports water bottle and answer a question posed by the RCVS as part of the overall congress competition, in which they could win a luxury food hamper.

On Friday, January 23 RCVS chief executive Nick Stace will be on the panel for the congress “Big Debate” about maintaining clinical standards, which will take place between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

On the same day, between 2pm and 2.50pm, Neil Smith, RCVS vice-president and chair of the Mind Matters Initiative, will be joining Rory O’Connor from the Veterinary Surgeons Health Support Programme to talk about stress in practice, while Practice Standards Group members Jacqui Molyneux and Pam Mosedale will be giving an update on the changes to the Practice Standards Scheme between 3.30pm and 4.20pm.

To book a Practice Standards Scheme surgery, contact Fiona Harcourt, RCVS events officer, on 020 7202 0773 or

Surgeries are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
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