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RCVS adopts new guidelines for vets with health issues

16th November 2010

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has announced the introduction of new guidelines governing regulatory activity involving veterinary professionals suffering from health problems.

At the organisation's November 2010 meeting, the RCVS council approved a new health protocol which will allow vets who are unable to practise safely due to health concerns to have their cases dealt with confidentially.

It was decided that foregoing the need for a full public disciplinary committee hearing will allow those concerned to receive help and support, while maintaining suitable standards for the animal health sector.

Gordon Hockey, the RCVS' head of professional conduct, underlined the need for veterinary staff and clients to report any concerns they may have about a surgeon's health.

He explained that this will help to "ensure that animals are not put at risk and that the interests of the public, including those of their colleagues, are protected".

During the same meeting, the RCVS also approved the introduction of a disciplinary system for registered veterinary nurses, which comes into effect next April.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800238727-ADNFCR

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