RCVS sustainability guidance

Jun 5, 2023
Scott is the partner responsible for looking after the firm’s healthcare and medical sector clients. Scott also specialises in advising small businesses.
RCVS sustainability guidance

On 1st June new environmental rule changes were implemented by The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). The new PSS Environment Sustainability Standards were approved by the RCVS last summer (2022) as concerns were raised regarding the impact on the environment of veterinary practice work. The RCVS has recently issued guidance to assist veterinary practices meet these new requirements.


What are the new requirements?

New requirements require all practices to write a sustainability policy as well as following eight general practice requirements whilst also electing a sustainability champion and allowing employees the opportunity to voice potential sustainability improvements.

Other criteria include:

  • Performing an annual waste management survey
  • Reducing mileage by planning routine appointments
  • Asking clients to return surplus medication for safe disposal

In the guidance, it is recommended that all veterinary practices should appoint a senior vet to be responsible for ensuring that the sustainability standards are being met.


How can we help?

At Hawsons our dedicated team of vet accountants offer specialist accountancy and taxation services to veterinary practices, utilising our in-depth knowledge and experience in the sector.

We have extensive experience of providing clients with the required support and advice from the initial acquisition and investment structures, reducing future taxation and enhancing tax relief opportunities.

Scott Sanderson

Partner, Sheffield


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