Veterinary associations have joined forces to express “concern and disappointment” at the incidents revealed in the Panorama programme It Shouldn’t Happen at a Vets and are calling on the BBC to provide all of the evidence to the RCVS for a full investigation.
The veterinary professional associations have joined forces to express “concern and disappointment” at the incidents revealed in the undercover footage in the Panorama programme It Shouldn’t Happen at a Vets’ and are calling on the BBC to provide all of the evidence to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for a full investigation.
In a joint statement, the British Veterinary Association (BVA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the Society of Practising Veterinary Sugeons (SPVS) all claimed they could not condone any bad practice and stated their belief that some of the incidents featured were clearly unacceptable, while others required further investigation.
It is with this in mind that the organisations claim it is vital that the RCVS be given the evidence to take this forward.
The veterinary associations are also worried that viewers may now have concerns about their own vets, and said it was essential that the relationship of trust between a client and their vet is maintained. As was made clear in the programme, the vast majority of vets provide a high quality service and have the best interests of their clients and patients at heart.
|Professor Bill Reilly, president of the British Veterinary Association, said: “There will be concern amongst pet owners following the programme, but it is vital to remember that the vast majority of vets enjoy a high level of trust from their clients because they are incredibly hard working and caring.
“It is essential that every member of the veterinary team feels supported and well supervised to ensure they are only asked to carry out tasks that they are qualified, trained and competent to do.”
|BSAVA president Grant Petrie said: “We would urge the profession and public alike to continue reporting issues of concern. The BSAVA believes that the inappropriate actions and breach of trust of a few should not tarnish the true endeavours of the majority of veterinary surgeons who provide a dedicated and professional service.”|
|SPVS president Jacqui Molyneux said: “SPVS would never condone leaving junior staff to sink or swim. In fact we help run a final year seminar for veterinary students each year where we stress over and over again that students should not take jobs where they are not given adequate support. It is imperative that young vets should have the support of more experienced vets to help when things are not going according to plan.”|
The organisation went on to advise pet owners to talk to their vets, as well as the rest of the practice team, if they have any concerns. BVA, BSAVA and SPVS members are all being asked to spend extra time dealing with clients’ questions and concerns following the Panorama programme, as well as offering the opportunity to meet the whole veterinary team and see behind the scenes in the practice.