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House visits petition based on a misunderstanding, says RCVS

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A PETITION calling on the RCVS to remove ‘mandatory’ house visits from the Code of Professional Conduct is ‘working on a misunderstanding’, according to the RCVS President, Neil Smith.

More than 2100 people have signed the petition, which was posted by Joanna Dyer, a veterinary surgeon, on the www.change.org website. Making its case, the petition claims that recent and past decisions by the RCVS Disciplinary Committee to remove veterinary surgeons from the Register for refusing to attend pets at their owners' homes outside of surgery hours ‘have caused stress and anxiety to veterinary professionals, especially the younger and more inexperienced graduates who now often feel unable to refuse visits because of the disciplinary cases’. Also, it says, ‘It is only a matter of time before a vet is assaulted while carrying out a house visit. This could happen at any time of the day or night but is more likely when working out of hours, as the vet may not know the area of work very well and is very unlikely to know the clients.’

‘Removing the requirement for mandatory domiciliary visits from the code of conduct would not mean the end …

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