The RCVS and BEVA are reminding equine vets that, in the event of a claim, the old-style pre-purchase examination certificates will no longer be supported by the Veterinary Defence Society from March 31, 2012.
Equine veterinary surgeons are reminded that, in the event of a claim, the old-style pre-purchase examination (PPE) certificates will no longer be supported by the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS) from March 31, 2012.
New certificates were developed by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and approved by the RCVS during the summer of 2011. The revised certificate and supporting guidance is said to be less ambiguous and more suited to current practice.
These documents, which were last in revised in 1986, were launched by BEVA at its congress in September 2011. A period of several months has been allowed for veterinary surgeons to switch to the new format.
The new certificate addresses issues such as:
- Establishing any relationship between the veterinary surgeon and seller,
- Disclosure of known clinical records, and
- Establishing whether commonly-performed additional parts of the examination have taken place.
Malcolm Morley, chairman of BEVA’s PPE Committee, said: “The revised certificates had been in development for many years and have been well received by the majority of equine veterinary surgeons.”
- The new PPE certificates are available from the VDS.
- The guidance notes are available to download from the BEVA website.