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THE recent comments of Mike Radford at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) conference about the veterinary profession's approach to welfare, and the mutable value of quality assurance schemes (VR, August 6, 2011, vol 169, pp 140–141), made me wonder about the possible benefit of using two of the profession's own quality assurance schemes to partially address some of his concerns.
The RCVS Practice Standards Scheme could be considered a ‘welfare assurance scheme’: hospital-standard practices might be expected to provide a higher level of care to patients than practices with lower, or no, accreditation status. The RCVS specialist lists also provide a form of quality assurance scheme: animals of clients who benefit from the services of specialists receive treatment that is likely …
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