As part of the Practice Standards Scheme, small animal veterinary practices can be accredited at one of the following levels:
- Core Standards
- General Practice
- Veterinary Hospital
Here at Peak Vets our practice in Sheffield is an RCVS-accredited Veterinary Hospital.
This means that we have shown to encompass everything over and above the legislative and code requirements as laid out in both the basic Core Standards and General Practice levels, but with the additional facilities and protocols for the investigation and treatment of more complex cases, that is required of a Veterinary Hospital.
“It was a pleasure to meet such a dedicated and enthusiastic team. Everyone was confident about their roles and their overall contribution to the success of the practice.” PSS assessor
What is the Practice Standards Scheme?
Overseen by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) is in place to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care through the setting of standards and regular assessments. It is a voluntary initiative in place to accredit veterinary practices in the UK.
How does it work?
Once a veterinary practice has applied to the scheme they will undergo an initial assessment, where they will be visited by PSS assessors (who are also experienced veterinary surgeons) who look at different areas such as paperwork, facilities, and equipment. They talk with practice team members as well as clients and observe consultations (with prior permission).
Following the visit, a report is sent to the practice summarising the findings and any advisory actions required. On completion of any actions the practice is awarded the relevant accreditation.
After the initial assessment, practices will be assessed every four years, however random spot check assessments may occur within that period.
What are the benefits of joining the scheme?
As well as ensuring that practices operate to the highest standards within the profession, being part of the PSS can provide a useful framework in areas such as:
- Patient and client protocols
- Health and Safety
- Medicines management
- New staff recruitment and induction
You can find out more about the Practice Standards Scheme by visiting the RCVS website:
Click here for scheme information