Skeldale Veterinary Hospital Receives Top Accolades

January 4, 2022 Animal Health

James Herriot’s former Skeldale Veterinary Hospital practice was accredited as hospital and emergency care by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) as part of its Practice Standards Scheme. The prestigious accreditation is awarded to veterinary practices after an inspection by a Practice Standards Scheme Assessor and indicates that the practices are of the highest British standards in terms of space, equipment and team. The program aims to maintain and improve clinical standards by monitoring performance and treatment outcome.

Skeldale Veterinary Hospital, now part of the Medivet Group, expanded earlier this year and opened a branch in nearby Ripon. It also earned the Gold Standard in the Cat Friendly Clinic program of the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the veterinary division of International Cat Care, a charity focused on improving standards of care for cats. Cat Friendly Clinic rates practices bronze, silver or gold with regard to the “cat-friendliness” of the environment offered.

“Skeldale Veterinary Hospital, now part of the Medivet Group, has opened a branch in nearby Ripon”

As part of preparing for the award, Skeldale Veterinary Hospital introduced a dedicated “cat attorney”. Your role is to ensure that all cat-friendly standards are followed and to assist cat owners with visits to the office to minimize the burden on patients and owners.

In recognition of this year’s RCVS Hospital Status and other achievements, Dr. Sarah Beckerlegge, Partner and Veterinarian: “We are proud of our heritage and James Herriot, but we have come a long way since then. As part of the Medivet family, we look to the future and strive to offer our patients ever higher standards of care.

“We were delighted to receive Gold Standard accreditation under the Cat Friendly Clinic program – and also getting hospital and emergency care accreditation from RCVS was a fantastic way to end 2021. Our entire team has worked so hard to achieve this recognition and we would like to thank you all for your dedication and commitment – especially in a year made difficult by the pandemic. We also thank our customers and their wonderful animals and look forward to continuing to serve them in the months to come. “

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