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)