Milbourn Equine is proud to be a voluntary member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Practice Standards Scheme.
As an accredited practice, all our branches have passed an assessment carried out by an experienced RCVS Assessor who is also a qualified Veterinary Surgeon. The assessment focus on a range of standards such as hygiene, legal standards and health and safety. The practices also have to have access to a range of diagnostic facilities, and at Milbourn Equine, we have specialist equipment such as digital X-Ray and ultrasonography facilities over and above those required for the Practice Standards Scheme.
Categories of Accreditation
There are many different types of veterinary practice. Some such as veterinary hospitals, offer a very broad range of services. Others concentrate on a particular species or discipline or are a general practice.
Under the Scheme, an equine practice can be accredited as follows:
RCVS Core Standards
These standards apply to all types of accredited practice and signify compliance with legal and health and safety requirements.
RCVS General Practice – Species/discipline specific
Practices may be accredited as a general practice for equine, small animals, farm animals or as an Emergency Service Clinic or a combination of these. They must meet Core Standards as well as keeping premises clean and well maintained, show ongoing commitment to team training and education and have access to laboratory facilities for diagnostic testing.
RCVS General Practice – Ambulatory
Equine practices which offer a General Practice service meeting all the required standards but which do not have stabling facilities or premises where horses are treated.
RCVS Veterinary Hospital
Equine or small animal practices must meet Core and relevant General Practice Standards. They must also ensure a veterinary nurse is present on the premises around the clock, and a veterinary surgeon is available 24 hours a day to attend to emergencies and in-patients, if required. They must also submit to rigorous examination of its premises and facilities, with emphasis on cleanliness and sterility.
In addition to these accreditations there are also optional awards in which practices are designated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ within each award.
For equine practices these are:
- Team and Professional Responsibility
- Client Service
- Ambulatory Service
- In-patient Service
Milbourn Equine are able to maintain and improve clinical standards through an ongoing process of monitoring and review and have met rigorous standards of hygiene throughout all of our branches.
Our branches will be re-inspected every four years and we will be subject to spot checks in the meantime, so we have to keep everything up to standard.
The Practice Standards Scheme is a voluntary initiative – not all practices are part of it yet. RCVS accreditation means that as a client you can rest assured that our practice offers high quality care and reassurance that our practice premises meet their stringent standards.
Look for the RCVS accredited practice logo in your branch to see which type of accreditation and awards we have received.
If you would like to see behind the scenes, please ask for a guided tour. For more information about the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme, please visit www.rcvs.org.uk/practice-standards-scheme.