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 practices having received accreditation and a more informed choice to the pet-owning public. To become accredited, practices volunteer for rigorous assessment every four years and will have met 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-check between assessments.
RCVS accreditation is not to be confused with a practice being included in the RCVS Register of Veterinary Practice Premises (RVPP).