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Veterinary practices are clinics and surgeries that specialise in the medical care for animals
Veterinary practices employ registered veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and other paraprofessionals.
Veterinary practices are often referred to as ‘vets’, and the majority of veterinary surgeons work in private practices.
Veterinary practices can specialise in large or small animals, or could be a mixed practice that deals with both.
Most veterinary practices do not need to be registered, but due to the heavy regulation of the veterinary profession as a whole, with all veterinary surgeons needing to be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), there are increasing amounts of veterinary practices becoming registered.
In 2010 there was 4,821 veterinary practices registered on the RCVS Register of Veterinary Practice Premises.
Veterinary practices can deal with all sorts of animal injuries or sicknesses, from routine check-ups and procedures, to serious surgeries.
Either way, veterinary practices must ensure the best possible care for its clients, and their pets.
Pets are often considered as part of the family, so many people will expect nothing less than the best possible care and advice from their veterinary practice.
A veterinary practice must also be there to educate animal owners, as well as to help the animal when they are sick or injured.
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