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Welcome to the veterinary client mediation service (vcms)

The Veterinary Client Mediation Service (VCMS) is a voluntary, independent and free complaint mediation service for clients whose animals have received veterinary care and for the veterinary professionals providing that care. Using the process of mediation, VCMS offer help and guidance to resolve complaints in a fair, cost efficient manner that is unbiased and non-judgemental. VCMS works with both parties to try and reach a solution that is acceptable to both the client and veterinary professional. The service is funded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons which regulates all veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses practising within the UK.

All veterinary practices will have their own complaints procedures to deal with concerns raised by clients. Where a complaint cannot be resolved within the practice, the VCMS is here to provide impartial mediation to help find a way forward and try to find a resolution acceptable to both. We will obtain all details of the concern and mediate with both parties to assist in finding a resolution.

The service is provided by Nockolds, who specialises in complaint mediation in regulated professions. This means it is completely impartial and each complaint is considered in a fair, timely and efficient way so that the veterinary professional and client can move on.

Latest Articles

January 25th 2022

In the News: Are Complaints Changing Post-Pandemic?

Insights from the Veterinary Client Mediation Service reveal that common issues leading to complaints post-pandemic involve dosage issues, client impatience and discrepancy between expectations and the “new normal”.
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January 4th 2022

Tips on Communication when Wearing a Face Covering or Mask

Face masks, whilst uncomfortable for some, can also limit the way in which we communicate. In today’s blog entry, we share our insights into how to communicate better when wearing a face covering.
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December 28th 2021

VCMS Case Study Featured in RCVS Companion Magazine

This case illustrates how practices can take specific steps to mitigate the risk of receiving a complaint that leads to a time-consuming and potentially costly dispute.
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