Have you ever had to complain about your vet? Would you know who to complain to? Are you aware of what disciplinary procedures exist? Please help the Bella Moss Foundation and take a couple of minutes to answer the four questions below. You can email you answers direct to the Bella Moss Foundation at email@example.com or email me at Julie@DogCastRadio.com and I will forward it to Jill.
1 - Do most owners know their vet can be disciplined for misconduct? The RCVS response will be that complaints/disciplinary is easily accessible on its website (www.rcvs.org.uk/complaints/ - where, to be fair, things are explained clearly) - but is this enough?
2 - The college also puts hearing details and outcomes online - so there's plenty of information on the internet - but is there still a fundamental problem that owners just aren't aware of how vets are regulated? Even if they are aware vets can be struck off, do they understand the process?
3 - Does it go even deeper than that - simple lack of knowledge about the RCVS register?
4 - There have been articles and programmes touching on the self regulation of the profession (Panorama being a biggy) - should there be wider media coverage explaining how the profession works? Does the RCVS need to do this?
If you don't know the moving story behind the Bella Moss Foundation you can hear Jill tell it in Episode 58 of DogCast Radio.