How does the new facility accreditation model work?
The Facility Director, who is a veterinarian, demonstrates to the College how the practice meets the facility standards that apply to the veterinary services they provide. The new model recognizes there may be numerous ways to meet the standard. All facilities will be required to meet a set of Essential Standards that apply to all scopes of practice and species (e.g., infection control, biosecurity, medical records, etc.). Additional required standards will be specific to the veterinary services provided (i.e., surgery, radiology).
Each practice pays an annual accreditation fee based on their scope of practice. A smaller, limited scope of practice may only need to meet the Essential Standards. A larger, full-service practice will need to meet the Essential Standards and the Additional Scope of Services Standards that would apply to their scope of practice.
Facilities that meet all the standards at the time of inspection would receive a five-year Certificate of Accreditation. Those with deficiencies would receive a three-year Certificate of Accreditation. There is a reduced annual fee for practices that meet all the standards when they are inspected.