2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
T: 01778 420462
Market Deeping Practice
4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
T: 01778 380111, E: email@example.com
Market Deeping Practice
4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
T: 01778 380111
Job Roles & Qualifications At
Veterinary Surgeons (Navy Blue Tunics)
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons – MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeons must be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in order to practice in the UK. They will have the initials ‘MRCVS’ or ‘FRCVS’ (Member or Fellow of the royal college of veterinary surgeons) after their names. The title ‘Veterinary Surgeon’ is protected in law and only those registered with the RCVS can use the title. All RCVS-registered Veterinary Surgeons have achieved an educational qualification that meets the RCVS registration requirements. In addition, they agree to abide by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons and commit to keeping their skills and knowledge up to date, by means of continuing professional development (CPD). Examples of university degrees that meet the RCVS standard registration requirements for Veterinary Surgeons are BVSc, BVetMed, BVM&S, DVM, MvDr, VetMB.
Further learning & Skill Development
Veterinary Surgeons have the responsibility to ensure that they maintain and develop their knowledge and skills relevant to their professional practice and competence. The recommended minimum CPD is 105 hours over a rolling three year period, with an average of 35 hours per year. Most Veterinary Surgeons will have interests in certain fields, which means that they particularly enjoy a certain aspect of the job, and therefore have greater skills in this area compared to the average Veterinary Surgeon. At Animates we strongly value continuing education to ensure our staff remain up to date, and we also encourage obtaining advanced qualifications. This enables us to be excellent general practitioners with a higher level of expertise in our particular areas of interest.
Several Vets at Animates have special interests:
- Sarah Pellet – Exotics
- Rebecca Kuttel – Ophthalmology, Soft Tissue Surgery, Endoscopy, Acupuncture / pain management
- Katherine Wynn-Owen – Emergency & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Ultrasonography
- Tom Von den Busch – Ultrasonography, Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Cardiology
- Sanne Braat – Soft Tissue Surgery
- Anita Bajuka – Exotics
- Jessica Regosz – Soft Tissue Surgery, Dermatology
- Lucy Genziani – Neurology
- Tana Borlace – Neurology, Exotics
- Julie Vandekerckove – Exotics
Recognised Postgraduate Certificates (Equivalent of a Masters level of Qualification) and RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner Status
A limited number of Vets go on to study for recognised postgraduate certificates in their area of special interest. To achieve a post graduate certificate requires further learning, study and exams in a particular field. Once Vets receive their Certificate they can choose to apply to be recognised by the RCVS as an Advanced Practitioner. Advanced Practitioner’ is an official recognition of a veterinary surgeon’s particular knowledge and experience in a designated field of veterinary practice. This is the step before a Diploma which is required to achieve RCVS Specialist status.
The following vets have certificates equivalent to a masters level and are RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioners:
- Katherine Wynn-Owen: Emergency and Critical Care- BSAVA PGCertSAECC
- Sarah Pellet: Exotics – CertAVP (ZooMed)
The following vets are currently working towards certificates:
- Rebecca Kuttel: Ophthalmology – BSAVA
- Tom Von den Busch: Small Animal Surgery –BSAVA
The following vets are registered to start a certificate in 2019:
- Katherine Wynn-Owen: Small Animal Medicine – BSAVA
Diploma and RCVS Recognised Specialist Status
A Diploma is the next level of qualification. To achieve a diploma requires submitting a thesis on new research, publishing regularly and sitting an extensive set of examinations, both written and oral. Once a Vet has achieved Diploma level they can be included in the RCVS list of recognised specialists if they can demonstrate their active contribution to their specialty, have national and international acclaim and publish widely in their field. An RCVS Specialist must also be available for referral by other veterinary colleagues.
The following vet has achieved a diploma and is included on the list of RCVS recognised specialists:
- Sarah Pellet: Zoological and Wildlife medicine – DZM
Registered Veterinary Nurses - RVN (Hospital Blue Tunics)
The title ‘Veterinary Nurse’, and the letters ‘RVN’, can only be used by individuals who have successfully completed an approved Veterinary Nurse training course and are registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). All RCVS-registered veterinary nurses have achieved an educational qualification that meets the RCVS registration requirements. In addition, they agree to abide by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses and commit to keeping their skills and knowledge up to date, by means of continuing professional development.
Like vets, Registered Veterinary Nurses can go on to do further qualifications including certificates and diplomas.
The following nurses have achieved further qualifications:
- Kirsty Smith: Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. DipAVN (small animal) and a Degree in Clinical Veterinary Nursing BSc (Hons)
- Sara Dench: Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Emergency and Critical Care: CertVNECC
- Suzanne Reynold-Warnes: ISFM certificate in feline nursing
Student Veterinary Nurses (Blue Striped Tunics)
Student Veterinary Nurses are those enrolled with the RCVS for the purpose of training at an approved practice. Animates is an approved training practice, and several of our registered nurses are qualified to be clinical coaches to help the student veterinary nurses in their training. Any clinical work a student veterinary nurse carries out is under the supervision of a registered veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon.
Veterinary Care Assistants (Pale Blue Tunics)
Veterinary Care Assistants are members of staff who assist with providing animal care. They are not enrolled on a course to obtain a qualification recognised by the RCVS. They may have, or may be undertaking, other animal care qualifications but cannot be called any form of veterinary nurse.
Receptionists (Black Tunics)
Our front of house reception team plays a much larger role than you would expect. They are usually the first person you will see when you visit our clinics and they will book you in. They are responsible for a wide range of jobs including answering the telephone and dealing with any query that comes in, which could be an animal emergency or placing your order. They need to make sure the waiting room is fully stocked and tidy. They prepare a number of documents and handouts used by the vets and nurses in their consultations. They are a bit like the ‘personal assistant for the rest of the team.
Administrators (Black Tunics)
Animates is a busy practice and our administration team help in the office to ensure things run smoothly behind the scenes. Among many things they deal with our suppliers to ensure we get the best deals for you by shopping around and ordering in bulk where we can. We have recently taken over the administration of our Pet Care Plans which is done in the office. They deal with everything related to the team, organising Rotas and holiday, payroll, HR, recruiting.
Our facilities and equipment are in near constant use and our maintenance staff keep things running and in working order.
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Practice Standards Scheme
Animates has been an RCVS accredited practice since 2009. We are accredited under “General Practice Small Animal”. Through setting standards and carrying out regular inspections, the scheme aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care. In 2016 the RCVS launched additional optional awards which provide greater differentiation between accredited practices and recognise excellence. Animates was the first practice in Lincolnshire and the third in the UK to achieve outstanding in the 5 categories we are eligible for. The categories are team and professional responsibility; in-patient care; client service; out-patient consultation and diagnostics. This means that you can be assured that you are receiving the best possible service from a competent and caring team in a fully equipped and professional practice environment.
More about RCVS practice standards
Animates has been an RCVS accredited practice since 2009 under the category “General Practice Small Animal”. The RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) is a voluntary initiative to accredit veterinary practices in the UK. Through setting standards and carrying out regular assessments, the Scheme aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care. It offers peace of mind to clients of accredited practices and a more informed choice to the animal-owning public.
To become accredited, practices volunteer for rigorous assessment every four years and will have met a range of minimum standards. These include having certain equipment and suitably qualified staff, maintaining set hygiene standards, having appropriate staff training and providing 24-hour emergency cover (at Animates this is provided by our own staff at our Thurlby practice, other practices may use alternative out of hours providers).
Practice Standards Awards
In 2016 the RCVS launched additional optional “awards” which provide greater differentiation between accredited practices and recognise excellence. The assessment for these awards is even more meticulous. An assessor visited Animates for several days looking at every area within the practice. They checked we had policies and procedures written and in use, and talked in depth to team members about what they do. They assessed if we achieved the required level of care and service that warrants being an award holder in each category. Awards can be rated either 'good' or 'outstanding'. Animates was the first practice in Lincolnshire and the third in the UK to achieve outstanding in all the 5 categories we are eligible for.
The categories are:
- Team and professional responsibility
- In-patient care
- Client service
- Out-patient consultation
This means that you can be assured that you are receiving the best possible service from a competent and caring team in a fully equipped and professional practice environment.