Choosing The Right Vet
15 years agoVet practices come in all shapes and sizes. So how should you choose a vet? How can you be sure that everyone offering animal treatment knows what they are talking about? Fortunately, in the UK, veterinary medicine and surgery can only be legally carried out by appropriately qualified people. The body responsible for ensuring that this law is followed is the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), and qualified vets are registered as MRCVS or FRCVS (Member or Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Did you know? It is illegal for anyone who is not registered to practise as a vet. Personal recommendation is often a useful way of choosing a vet. However, this may not always be ideal. A veterinary practice a long way from your home is not ideal because in an emergency, rapid treatment can be lifesaving. Indeed, vet practices may refuse to register clients who live far from their premises because of difficulties with providing emergency treatment. Other important factors you may want to consider are:
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- Do all the staff - including the vet - treat your pet sympathetically, and seem genuinely interested? Whilst animals may need to be firmly restrained or muzzled for treatment, rough handling is always inappropriate. Generally speaking, methods of training which involve punishment are now considered inappropriate in the veterinary profession.
- Are you given clear information about your pet and how to give treatments? Communication is an important part of veterinary treatment.
- The RCVS runs an accreditation scheme called the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme, under which standards of accredited practices are monitored by the RCVS. However, the scheme is not obligatory and not all practices have decided to take part.
- If your pet is staying at the vets overnight, it's worth checking whether someone will be monitoring them continuously. Most vets will make arrangements for this when necessary, although it may involve transferring your pet to another location.
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