The New Zealand Veterinary Association’s BESTPRACTICE accreditation programme was set up to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary practice in New Zealand.
The standards cover a wide range of aspects of veterinary care – surgical and medical standards, nursing care, diagnostics, safety procedures, facilities, equipment, professional development and training.
Clinics can seek accreditation as a veterinary hospital, or as a clinic – in companion animal medicine, large animal medicine, or as a mixed practice. Accredited clinics are audited every two years to ensure the maintenance of the programme's quality service standards.
Veterinarians operate in a very controlled legal and ethical environment, which is becoming increasingly complicated. With the pace of changes being introduced - such as health and safety requirements, veterinary registration and continuing professional development obligations of the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. It can be challenging for individual clinics or hospitals to keep up-to-date.
The BESTPRACTICE committee (which provides governance for the programme) liaises with various regulatory authorities - researching, negotiating and clarifying details to produce a set of standards that meet their requirements and that are easy for you to understand and implement.
This article from VetScript gives first-hand accounts on the process and benefits of being BESTPRACTICE accredited. Use the icon on the screen below to fit the article to your page.
If you'd like to find out more about how to become BESTPRACTICE accredited please contact us via the contact form below, or give us a call on 04 471 0484.