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Areas of particular concern

Areas of particular concern might include:

Breaches of the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct (Code)

  1. Dishonesty, for example, in the context of certification or about radiographs/clinical records of an animal;
  2. Misleading a client, colleague or the wider public (about, for example, a swab left in an animal after a surgical procedure);
  3. Recklessness in his/her conduct;
  4. Failure to obtain informed consent to treatment or to discuss treatment options and possible complications;
  5. Inappropriate or unwarranted physical force against an animal;
  6. Aggression or violence towards a client;
  7. Inappropriate storage, use or supply of veterinary medicinal products;
  8. Failure to take adequate steps to provide 24-hour emergency cover;
  9. Unreasonable refusal to provide immediate first-aid and pain relief;
  10. Failure to maintain adequate clinical records; and/or
  11. Failure to maintain the equivalent of Core Standards (the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme).

Not all breaches of the Code will give rise to an arguable case that the conduct is far short of that which is expected.

Clinical Matters 

  1. Treatment that falls far short of that expected might include:
  2. Discharging an animal too soon post-operatively;
  3. Reckless administration of a medicine;
  4. Failure to keep appropriate clinical records;
  5. Negligence which may be gross;
  6. Other very poor clinical care and skill short of the standard expected; and/or
  7. Repeated errors.

Other Issues

  1. Failure to adhere to previous advice from the RCVS;
  2. Concerns relating to criminal cautions or convictions of a serious nature identified by the Case Examiner Group may, on the authorisation of the PIC Chairman and/or Head of Professional Conduct be referred directly to the PIC; and/or
  3. Concerns relating to serious Health issues identified by the Case Examiner Group may on the authorisation of the PIC Chairman and/or Head of Professional Conduct be referred directly to the PIC.