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The business and ethics of referrals
  1. Malcolm Ness

    Malcolm Ness qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1982. He is a partner in a seven vet small animal primary care and referral practice in Blyth, Northumberland. He is a fellow of the RCVS, a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics).

1. The referral practitioner's point of view


THAT veterinary referral is becoming more commonplace is beyond doubt; not only have a number of private referral practices appeared, but there has also been a huge expansion in the referral services offered at each of the UK veterinary schools. Here, Malcolm Ness explores some of the business and ethical aspects of referrals from the personal viewpoint of a referral clinician. On page 274, John Bower gives a general practitioner's view.

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