WITH the large amount of media attention that has been directed at the veterinary profession in recent years, the workings of veterinary practices have become familiar to the general public. The majority of publicity remains benign; however, variability of standards between practices has been brought into view and even selfregulation has been called into question. Under these circumstances, independent accreditation of standards provides an attractive means of promoting the qualities of a practice to potential clients. Veterinary hospital accreditation is one possible route. Here, Martin Smith describes his practice's transition to veterinary hospital, and assesses the pros and cons.
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