Practice standards

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) is a voluntary initiative to accredit veterinary practices in the UK.

Through setting standards and carrying out regular assessments, the scheme aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care.

It offers peace of mind to clients of accredited practices and a more informed choice to the animal-owning public.

To become accredited, practices volunteer for rigorous assessment every four years and will have to meet a range of minimum standards including hygiene, 24-hour emergency cover, staff training, certain types of equipment, and cost estimation procedures.

Practices are also subject to spot-checks between assessments.

RCVS accreditation is not to be confused with a practice being included in the RCVS Register of Veterinary Practice Premises (RVPP).

We hold the RVPP on behalf of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, and only veterinary surgeons working from registered premises can supply veterinary medicines.

Ayres Veterinary Hospital has been granted Tier 3 status by the RCVS. This is the highest award that can be achieved. All branch surgeries have been inspected and approved by the RCVS.