Remove mandatory house visits from the code of professional conduct

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Stephanie Tickle
7 years ago
I have been verbally abused when out solo as a lone female in the middle of the night to a dog that was not even ill...the client was drunk. I now work for a practice that does not do out of hours work.

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susan carter
7 years ago
The current requirements are rediculous

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Thembi Sibanda
7 years ago
The vet's health and safety is not taken into consideration when making house visits for small animals especially at night. There is a lot of dangerous people out there, people on drugs, serial killers, rapists etc.The vet should be allowed to use their discretion rather than fear of being struck off. Where a vet can not attend a house visit the responsibility should be on the owner to find ways of transporting the animal to the vet. Chiko's case has caused a lot of anxiety for a lot of vets especially out of hours vets.

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Geoffrey Cowap
7 years ago
The decision for a home visit should rest with the veterinary surgeon

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Caroline Longdon
7 years ago
I work in veterinary practice and it is so difficult to provide adequate care to inpatients and other clients if you are expected to go on house visits outside of normal surgery hours.
Most emergency situations are much better treated at the surgery where all the necessary equipment and supplies are readily available.

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James Greenway
7 years ago
My sister and brother in law are vets and don't believe this is fair.

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Chris Willis
7 years ago
To take away a persons livelihood on such actions which I myself consider justified is discgraceful. The DC need to be held accountable for their decisions just like we are.

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Frank Decaluwe
7 years ago
I have worked for Vets Now (as a locum) and it seems to me that Mr Chikosi has followed the practice policy as set out by the company. Mr Chikosi's hearing should have paid more attention to this aspect of his case but unfortunately, the DC of the RCVS will only consider cases against an individual vet, not a practice as such. Consequently, quite a lot of colleagues could find themselves in the same predicament. On the other hand, very few house visits are necessary: if serious care has to be given, it will be better at the surgery; less time will be lost to try and find the address, healt and safety issues would be avoided and I could go on (in this particular case, the owner's son got bitten, would it have been any different if Mr Chikosi had been present?)

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Robert Greenway
7 years ago
My daughter is a small animal vet and I believe she should be able to use discretion about house visits.

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Angela Greenway
7 years ago
My daughter is a vet and the thought of her having to go to a stranger's house, on her own, without being able to use her own judgment as to whether or not it is safe, just terrifies me.