University vet clinic earns hospital accreditation

Cat being weighed

The University’s Companion Animal Health Centre has been awarded formal hospital accreditation by the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia. 

Department Head, Professor Peter Hill said the achievement provides the community with the confidence and assurance that their pet is in the best possible environment when sick, injured or just requiring a check-up.

“For clients’ animals, this award illustrates that care and expertise will be delivered to every case that walks through the door,” Prof Hill said.

Specialist veterinarians, general practitioners, veterinary nurses and staff work together 24/7 in the state-of-the-art facility at the University’s Roseworthy campus. 

“We’re supported by highly trained staff with an outstanding portfolio of operating procedures, systems and high-tech equipment,” Prof Hill said.

‘Accreditation’ is a detailed review of all areas of the centre including facilities, equipment, protocols, standard operating procedures, continuing education programs and staff qualifications.

Similar to a human hospital, the accreditation process relies on producing evidence of an excellence in patient care, advocacy and the ability to provide a high standard in formulating treatment plans and maintaining records.

Prof Hill said it was a credit to all clinic staff who work hard every day to provide the highest standards of service and care. 

“From vaccinations and desexing to complicated orthopaedic or internal medicine cases, every patient is treated with respect and receives the highest quality veterinary care,” Prof Hill said.

Prof Hill acknowledged Clinical Lead, Associate Professor Anne Peaston and Practice Manager Suzanne Baum for their leadership and hard work through the accreditation process.

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