Have you ever asked yourselves what the difference between a veterinary hospital and veterinary clinic is? Most people assume that the main difference is size, but there is more to it.
Veterinary hospitals offer higher standards of service then normal veterinary clinics. At a veterinary hospital, services are often available at all times and there are full facilities for all kinds of examination, diagnosis, prophylaxis, medical treatment and surgery.
Vet hospitals are also able to provide accommodation and nursing care for their patients and some can do it on a 24 hour basis, just like human hospitals.
So how can a veterinary practice become a veterinary hospital? Well there is more to it than just calling yourself one.
A veterinary practice can apply to become a hospital through the Veterinary Board of South Australia that conducts a rigorous inspection in order to make sure that the practice is up to scratch. Some of the things that the Board looks for are: