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Overview of practice standards

The 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. 

Membership of the Scheme is recognised by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), meaning RCVS-accredited practices will not require an additional VMD inspection, as the PSS standards meets the VMD's inspection criteria.

Veterinary practice premises in the UK have legal obligations to fulfil in order to operate.

All veterinary practice premises (VPP) must be registered in order for veterinary surgeons to supply medicines from them. We hold the Register of Veterinary Practice Premises on behalf of the VMD.

To find out more about registering a veterinary practice premises, please visit our registration section. 

If you have a question about registering a VPP, visit our FAQ page.

Inspection of Veterinary Practice Premises (VPP)

Every VPP will have a medicines inspection regularly. If the VPP is part of the Practice Standards Scheme (PSS), the inspection will form part of the whole practice assessment carried out by the PSS assessor.

The PSS medicines modules (Module 10 Small Animal, Module 9 Equine, Module 8 Farm Animal) include the requirements that would be assessed by the VMD (ie, the Veterinary Medicines Regulations). The VMD aims to inspect all non-PSS practice premises at least once every four years.

Find out more about the VMD medicines inspection.