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Open all hours - is it cost effective?
  1. Judith Joyce

    Judith Joyce qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1982 and, following a brief spell in mixed practice in Essex, worked in a small animal hospital on North Tyneside for three years. In 1987, she co-founded Croft Vets in Blyth, Northumberland. She holds the RCVS certificate in small animal dermatology, and offers a referral dermatology service as part of the practice's referral caseload in medicine and surgery. The practice achieved hospital status in 2000.


THE provision of out-of-hours cover, often regarded as an integral part of practice life, places a huge burden on those who have to provide the care. Some practices are now pursuing alternative options, such as the use of a dedicated emergency clinic service. In this article, Judith Joyce discusses some of the reasons why her practice decided to keep its out-of-hours cover in-house and employ a veterinary surgeon purely to do the weekend work.

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