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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

June 24th 2022

When the Approach to Complaining Can Be Damaging

In today’s blog we look at the importance, as a client, of complaining the right way and the troubling impact aggression or high emotions can have.
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June 24th 2022

SPVG World Congress Report

Last month, Head of the VCMS Jennie Jones and VCMS Resolution Manager Janet Hulse attended Europe’s largest non-clinical veterinary SPVS-VMG Congress 2022. In today’s blog we share their experiences at the event.
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June 6th 2022

Using Complaints for Continuous Improvements

Whilst they may not seem remotely positive at first glance, complaints provide veterinary practices with valuable customer feedback.
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Independent mediation for veterinary professionals and their clients