Vets’ practice earns ‘hospital’ status

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A veterinary practice in the Ribble Valley has been awarded Veterinary Hospital status, the highest level of accreditation from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

It was awarded to the Myerscough Veterinary Group centre on the A59 at Clayton-le-Dale after a visit by an RCVS inspector.

The “Hospital” status is awarded only to surgeries offering 24-hour care with qualified staff on site around the clock. Practices must also be equipped with a wide range of diagnostic and clinical equipment, have standby power generation and demonstrate processes that ensure clinical outcomes are monitored and reviewed.

The inspector said: “I noted that the organisational structure in your practice is impressive. You have a well developed system to monitor performance and implement change according to results. Different staff members know their role and are motivated and enthusiastic. There is commendable attention to practical detail. Your hard work has produced a practice of which you should be proud”.

The centre will shortly be receiving a brand new CT scanner, one of the first developed specifically for use with animals. The scanner will be used during the working day and out of hours and will be available to all pet owners.

The inspection and accreditation scheme is optional for vets, but the RCVS says using an accredited practice offers pet owners reassurance that the practice meets the standards set.