Veterinary Care is one of the largest and most effective charitable organisations in the UK. The main running costs of VCHF its running costs, which include the running costs of its twenty-four hour central office. Veterinary Care is run as a not for profit organisation and all financial contributions are deductible from the tax status of the donor. Unlike many other veterinary charity, all contribution towards the Veterinary Care Foundation are met by charging members a small annual voluntary charge on their veterinary accounts. In return, they receive a proportion of the running expenses of the VCHF.
Veterinary Care’s primary function is to support the cause of animal welfare through the implementation of responsible pet ownership. Many people consider their pet companions to be with family or friends; they become an extension of their families. Many people take pride in having a pet and for this reason, give them all the attention, love and affection. Sadly, the same good feelings do not always translate into responsible pet ownership and the chances of a pet owner committing a vet malpractice are far greater than one would believe.
Veterinary Care has one of the highest reported incidences of patient injury or death in Western Europe. A cat is four times more likely to suffer a critical injury or die if they are not in the hands of a competent veterinarian within the first twenty-four hours of a veterinarian call. There are about fifteen thousand patients admitted to a veterinary hospital in the United Kingdom every year. These numbers have been steadily rising as Britain becomes more crowded and more people fall sick. A report carried out by the British Veterinary Association revealed that in a study of five hundred hospitalisations over a six month period, one person died due to poor veterinary care, the majority of these were caused by poor communication between the veterinary surgeon and the patient.
The need for veterinarians is obvious in such a scenario, where both people and animals are at risk. It is important to remember that animal-assisted therapies are still a controversial area of medicine and not everyone agrees with the idea that their pet should be administered any kind of treatment by a veterinarian. Some people feel that the best option available for their animals is to see a veterinary doctor who will make decisions about their animal’s welfare based on the advice given by their own qualified veterinarian. Other people see their veterinarian purely as a veterinarian who can administer preventative health maintenance treatments to keep their animals healthy, disease free and alert. Whichever method of veterinary care you choose to use, it is important to ensure that you have a regular health check up by your local veterinary surgeon.
Many specialists work in close collaboration with a variety of different veterinarians and depending on the specialization of your pet, a number of different diagnostic tests may be necessary. Most veterinarians and hospitals will offer complimentary vaccinations against distemper, rabies and hepatitis. The majority of specialized veterinaries will also offer routine vaccinations against kennel cough and parvo, as well as critical care services including spaying or neutering of the male.
When searching for a veterinary hospital or clinic where you and your pet can receive medical care from a highly experienced and specialized team of physicians, you need to ask a few questions about their specific areas of specialty care. Ask whether they offer complimentary wellness care programs whereby a family member or loved one is invited to join the wellness care team for an ongoing, on-going benefit. If the veterinary hospital or clinic you are interested in does offer this type of program then ask whether they offer complimentary annual visits in addition to complimentary diagnostic testing. You need to ensure that the facility has a program in place that allows you and your pet to become familiar with the physicians, nurses, surgeons, veterinary technicians and other staff members who will be working with your pet. Once you know how well the facility is run, you will be able to choose which facility will provide you with the best level of veterinary care.