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RCVS vows action over Panorama’s vet practice findings

23rd July 2010

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has committed to launching an investigation into allegations made by a BBC documentary about standards in UK vet practices.

RCVS president Peter Jinman has stated that the “distressing” findings of the Panorama programme It Shouldn’t Happen at a Vet’s must be looked into in order to ensure standards are being maintained.

Among the findings of the BBC1 show were suggestions that unqualified staff members are being delegated inappropriate responsibilities at certain practices, while other allegations pertain to fraudulent recommendation of needless treatments.

The RCVS stated that it has already taken action against one of the vets featured on the programme and is now calling on the BBC to work with the college and other authorities to ensure problems are dealt with appropriately.

Mr Jinman said: “The BBC has given assurances that they will provide us with the information we need and we will immediately ask for their cooperation.”

The British Veterinary Association has also condemned the misconduct documented in the Panorama special, but also highlighted the quality of service provided by the majority of animal health professionals in the UK.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800004674-ADNFCR

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