The use of clinical audit in farm animal veterinary practice

Katie Waine1*; Chris Hudson1; Rachel Dean, BVMS PhD DSAM (Fel) MRCVS1; Jon Huxley1 and Marnie Brennan, BSc (VB), BVMS, PhD1

[1] School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Sutton Bonington, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 5RD, United Kingdom
* Symposium speaker

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Clinical audit has been used by the medical profession for nearly 30 years, yet is still a relatively new concept in farm animal veterinary practice. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the governing veterinary organisation in the UK, now stipulate that individual veterinary surgeons and practices under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme should be carrying out audit as part of their clinical governance to improve clinical standards. Types of practice, such as farm animal practice, requiring visits to individual premises as opposed to seeing cases within a hospital environment have additional challenges when conducting clinical audit. There are no current guidelines advising farm animal veterinary surgeons on how best to run clinical audit in practice. This presentation will discuss how clinical audit could be used in farm animal veterinary practice.

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