Why use a BVHA Registered Hospital
One of the most important aspects of a Veterinary Hospital is that they have members of staff on the premises 24 hours a day specifically responsible for the care of any in-patients.
In most veterinary practices there is no-one on the premises after the end of evening surgery or over weekends. This
means that there is no-one on the premises to look after any patients that are
kept in overnight. No-one to notice that an i/v drip line has become blocked,
that a patient has started to vomit or is showing pain.
If your pet has to be admitted for
veterinary treatment – we are sure that most caring owners would like to know
that there is someone there to look after them.
The ability to provide 24 hour nursing
care is a major cost for Veterinary Hospitals, their prices may have to reflect
this. However it is one of the strongest reasons to choose a BVHA member
Veterinary Hospital to look after your animals – not just for emergencies, but
for routine care and vaccinations as well.
BVHA Hospital members have voluntarily
agreed to have an intensive examination and inspection of their practices. This
inspection is carried out by independent inspectors appointed by the Royal
College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), our governing body which is capable of
striking vets off the register.
The inspection covers a whole range of
issues relating to the care of patients – for example the continuing education
of staff, the provision of anaesthetic monitoring and laboratory equipment, the
quality of radiographic (X-ray) facilities and the quality of the case records.
It also covers the physical aspects of the buildings - for example the provision
of suitable padded stables for anaesthetising horses in Equine Veterinary
Hospitals and isolation facilities to prevent the spread of disease from