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Additional resources

Dispensing courses

Below is a list of dispensing courses that are currently available to attend to fulfil requirements 10.3.1 (Small Animal) and 9.3.1 (Equine) of the PSS:

Cyber security

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We have provided some links to resources that may help you navigate cyber security questions for your practice or workplace. In the first instance, we would suggest reverting to your company’s protocols and ways of working for IT and related issues; the information included below is not intended to replace these. If you do need additional reference materials however, the links below may be helpful.

Please note: the resources below are external to the RCVS and we cannot take responsibility for the content, and whether it is kept up to date.

Cyber Aware is the government’s advice on how to stay secure online and you’ll find guidance on six actions to take to improve your cyber security.

10 Steps to Cyber Security. Practical guidance on how to protect your organisation in cyberspace.

Exercise in a box – this tool can help you understand your organisation’s preparedness and resilience to cyber attacks.

The Supply Chain Security guidance is designed to help you establish effective control and oversight of your supply chain. 

The Small Business Guide offers affordable, practical cyber security advice for small businesses. This guidance includes:

  • Backing up data
  • Protecting your organisation from malware
  • Keeping your smartphones and tablets safe
  • Using passwords to protect your data
  • Avoiding phishing attacks

Small Business Guide: Response & Recovery. Guidance to help small and medium sized organisations prepare for and plan recovery from a cyber incident, including:

  • Preparing for incidents
  • Identifying what’s happening
  • Resolving the incident
  • Reporting the incident to wider stakeholders
  • Learning from the incident

Covid-19 – guidance on moving your business from the physical to the digital, including security questions to ask your IT service provider.

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks. The Cyber Essentials Readiness Tool is a free, online resource that guides organisations through a series of questions related to the Cyber Essentials criteria to help prepare them for certification.

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PSS Environmental Sustainability resource list

Below is a list of useful resources to support veterinary practices with meeting the new PSS Environmental Sustainability requirements (introduced to the standards in July 2022) and / or to generally practise more sustainably.

Where the resource relates to a specific PSS requirement, the species type (Small Animal (SA), Equine (EQ) or Farm Animal (FA)) and requirement index number are also listed.



The following resources are relevant to requirement index numbers SA 19.5.1, EQ 19.5.1 and FA 17.5.1

General resource

Sustainable Quality Improvement (SusQI)

Carbon footprinting tools and calculators


Energy, water and waste

Anaesthetic gases


Green space and biodiversity


Farm animal specific