PracticeStandardsLogoAsh Veterinary Surgery has retained its RCVS accredited standard for the next four years.

Now this might not mean must to most of you, but we are delighted with the fantastic achievement it represents. It means that we have been measured against a rigorous set of national standards and found to have satisfied all the requirements. The Merthyr Surgery is accredited as a General Practice – Small Animal and the branch surgeries at Mountain Ash and Ystradgynlais have achieved the accreditation to Core Standards.

So what does this mean?

The RVCS Practice Standard Scheme is a voluntary initiative to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care in practices in the UK. Through setting standards and carrying out regular inspections, the Scheme promotes and maintains high standards of veterinary care.

It offers peace of mind to clients of accredited practices and more informed choice to the animal-owning public. It guarantees that if you choose an accredited veterinary surgery, then the practice that you are visiting is of a high standard, that the staff are well trained and that the equipment is safe and up to date.

To become accredited, practices volunteer for rigorous inspection every four years and have met a range of standards including hygiene, 24-hour emergency cover, staff training, certain types of equipment and cost estimation procedures. We may also be subject to spot-checks between inspections.

Not all veterinary practices reach the standards required to achieve this RCVS accreditation as the criteria are taxing. The closest accredited practices to Ash Veterinary Surgery are in Ebbw Vale, Hengoed and Blackwood.

If you would like more information about the practice standard scheme you can visit the RCVS website.

Many of you will have seen behind the scenes at our Open Day and had a chance to examine our equipment and facilities. We are always happy to show these areas to clients, although we do always have to put the welfare of our patients first and there are some times that it may not be possible immediately.