On 11 July 2016, we started trialling a confidential reporting line for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and other members of the veterinary team to discuss concerns about colleagues on a confidential basis.
This service allows veterinary professionals to have informal, confidential, discussions with members of the Professional Conduct Department about potential fitness to practise issues, short of formally raising a concern.
Although any discussions via this new reporting line or e-mail address are confidential, if a decision is taken to raise a formal concern about a veterinary surgeon or nurse, the person raising the concern will generally need to identify both themselves and the individual they wish to raise concerns about in order to take it through our investigation process.
More information about anonymity and confidentiality for both veterinary sugeons and veterinary nurses is available in the respective part of our Concerns section under 'What you need to know first'.
The trial will last for three months and during that time, feedback will be collected from those who contact the service. The results of the trial will be reported to RCVS Council in November 2016.
If you are a colleague of a veterinary surgeon or nurse and you wish to contact the RCVS in confidence, you can do so by calling 07599 958294 between 9am and 5pm, or by emailing email@example.com.