Admissions to Veterinary Clinical Facilities


What Council expects from a veterinarian when an animal is admitted to a facility for treatment and care.

The companion animal practitioner leaves his patients not fully recovered from surgery or the rural practitioner spays a dog at 7:00 and then leaves on farm calls.

It is expected of the veterinarian to ensure that the animal is monitored by an adequately trained person and that the veterinarian or his / her colleague attends to the patient at least once a day over and above the surgery performed on the animal.

Most practitioners leave their practices at 7:00 p.m. and patients are left on their own.

An animal should not be hospitalised over night at a clinic except if full-time supervision is available ( by an adequately trained person) at the clinic / hospital concerned.

(Published -August 2000)

Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa

Veterinary Council of Namibia

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)

Kenya Veterinary Board

Veterinary Council of Tanzania

Botswana Veterinary Association

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