Choosing a vet
It’s illegal for anyone in the UK who isn’t registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to practise as a vet. You can check if your vet is
registered on the RCVS website.
How do I choose a veterinary practice?
How to choose a veterinary practice (93 KB PDF) gives you helpful hints and tips on things to think about when you’re choosing a veterinary practice. Often a recommendation from other animal owners in your area is a useful way to find out about local practices, but it’s important to find one that suits your own needs and those of your animals. Blue Cross has a page on their website with some
advice to think about when choosing a veterinary practice.
Roles in a veterinary practice
There are different staff roles working in veterinary practices including veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, practice managers and receptionists. Visit the
RCVS website for more information about how a practice operates and who is involved.
Who's who in a veterinary practice
This short video explains the different roles in a veterinary practice and why they are important.
We have also written this
guide about the veterinary practice team (109 KB PDF)
How do I find a vet?
All vets in the UK are registered of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Their
Find a Vet page
allows you to search by practice name, postcode or town, and you can find practices that
treat specific species
and those that are accredited under the
Practice Standards Scheme
Find a specialist vet
different types of veterinary practices for treating certain species, such as small animal or equine.
RCVS advanced search can help you find a vet with particular specialisation.
RCVS Practice Standards Scheme
BVA provides advice and support to all of its members, but cannot endorse any individual veterinary practice, service or business.
The Practice Standards Scheme, run by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
, exists to help veterinary practices demonstrate their level of service through quality assurance.