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Why Choose Taverham Veterinary Practice?

Taverham Vets is committed to clinical excellence and all of our vets regularly attend further training courses all over the country. Some of our vets have undertaken many years of further training and we are proud to have RCVS Certificate holders in several disciplines:

  • Small Animal Orthopaedics
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Veterinary Radiology
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
  • Veterinary Cardiology
  • Veterinary Ophthalmology
  • Veterinary Dermatology.

A modern and well equipped facility with more post-graduate “RCVS Certificate” vets than any other practice in the region

Of all the university degree courses in the UK, competition for places at veterinary school is the most intense. Applicants must academically excel at school to be offered a university place and then complete an arduous 5-6 year course. A degree is awarded by passing the final year exams, and this then entitles an individual to enrol with the veterinary governing body (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) and become a Member of the RCVS (denoted by the letters “MRCVS” after their name). Only an MRCVS is allowed to work as a Veterinary Surgeon in the UK.

  • We are committed to clinical excellence.

  • We have more Vets with post-graduate “RCVS Certificates” than any other practice in the region

  • BVHA award winning practice!

  • All of our vets are experienced clinicians

  • A Veterinary Surgeon and qualified Veterinary Nurse are on site 24/7

  • We accept referrals from other practices in Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Cardiology and Dermatology.

  • Our main centre in Taverham is the largest and most modern surgery in the area

  • Our branch surgery in Costessey is also modern and well equipped

  • Easy Parking

  • Weekend and late-night appointments during the week until 8pm (pre booked appointments only after 6pm)

  • Home of the Norwich Night-Vet Emergency service

  • One of the few practices in the UK to routinely offer key-hole surgery for bitch spays, retained testicles, liver biopsies and gastropexies.

What do the letters after a vets name mean?

The degree awarded is denoted by other letters in addition to MRCVS, and although they vary depending upon the veterinary school attended, they all mean the same thing. The initial degree and MRCVS represent the compulsory foundation level of qualification and are therefore the starting points to a career; they give no indication about further “post-graduate” learning and additional skills and acquisition of knowledge.

A minority of vets may chose to go on to further post-graduate study in specific fields and take further professional examinations in these disciplines. Of most significance to general clinical veterinary practice are the RCVS Certificate and Diploma qualifications. The “Certificate” post-graduate examinations were designed by the RCVS for vets working in practice who wished to further their knowledge in specific disciplines. The examination is rigorous and can only be taken after 2-5 years of study in their chosen field. The Diploma is viewed as a specialist qualification and represents extensive and exclusive study at an academic institution. There are relatively few Diploma-holders in the UK, either in University faculties or in specialist practice. It would be very rare to find a Diplomate in general practice in the UK.

Veterinary Qualifications

  • MA VetMB Cambridge
  • BVSc Bristol and Liverpool
  • BVetMed London
  • BVM&S Edinburgh
  • BVMS Glasgow
  • MVB Dublin

Take a Peak Behind the Scenes at Taverham Vets

You will see that in the above disciplines, we have just about HALF of all the Certificate holders in the whole of Norfolk. Hopefully this is reassurance of our commitment to excellent clinical standards.

Certificate Type  TVP  Others in Norfolk  Nationally
Small Animal Orthopaedics (CertSAO) 1  3 95
Small Animal Surgery (CertSAS)  1  0  272
Veterinary Radiology (CertVR)  2  1  267
 Veterinary Dermatology (CertVD)  1  2  92
Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (CertVDI)  1  0  45
Veterinary Cardiology (CertVC)  1 2  106