Calder Vets’ Dewsbury animal hospital has been recognised as outstanding in three awards by the RCVS after earning the highest possible standard on a recent assessment of its branches.
As a statutory regulator, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) carries out assessments of practices across the country, with vets able to apply for accreditation at different levels depending on the services offered.
Calder Vets, which is part of the Linnaeus Group and has 12 branches across Yorkshire, has achieved outstanding status for its Dewsbury animal hospital in diagnostic service, in-patient service and emergency and critical care service.
The diagnostic service award recognises the practice’s services in terms of the use of diagnostic techniques such as radiography and ultrasound, along with training and safety measures in place.
The role of veterinary nurses is highlighted in the in-patient service award, which also focuses on factors such as facilities, care of hospitalised animals and maintaining an aseptic surgical environment.
Practices gaining the emergency and critical care service award demonstrate they excel in caring for animals when in need of urgent care, with team members having been specifically trained in emergency care, nursing and recognising pain.
In order to be designated as outstanding in any award, a practice needs to achieve scores of more than 80 per cent during an RCVS assessment.
Calder, which has hospital status at Dewsbury, also maintains general practice for operating branches in Waterloo, Mirfield, Brighouse, Penistone and Wakefield, along with core standards at smaller non-operating branches Denby Dale, Sandal, Heckmondwike, Tingley, Horbury and Lockwood.
Ian Monteith, managing director of Calder Vets, and also Paragon Veterinary Referrals; a new £5 million plus state-of-the-art referral centre being launched in Wakefield at the end of the year, was delighted the quality of care and level of service provided by the Calder practices has been recognised.
He said: “The team here at Calder take great pride in providing the highest possible level of care for our patients and their owners, often using cutting-edge techniques. We have some hugely experienced and talented professionals who always go the extra mile to ensure our patients and clients have the best possible experience.
“Our veterinary surgeons and caring support teams, are totally committed to ensuring Calder Vets continues to provide outstanding standards and as such we are very proud to have achieved these additional accreditations by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.”