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What is the VCMS' Mediation Process?

Our mediation process works to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome for both parties and on agreeing to mediation both parties sign our legally binding document which outlines the process itself.

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  • June 26th 2019

    How Do We Make Care Better?

    What does care mean? How, as veterinary professionals, can we make care better?
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  • June 26th 2019

    The Why - Learning From Complaints

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  • June 19th 2019

    Why Do Complaints Arise?

    Mediation allows us to understand more about WHY complaints arise and why they are continuing. Talking through a disagreement with an independent, trained third party can bring underlying issues and misunderstandings to the fore and…
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  • June 19th 2019

    VCMS Annual Insights

    Mediation allows us to understand more about WHY complaints arise and why they are continuing. Talking through a disagreement with an independent, trained third party can bring underlying issues and misunderstandings to the fore and…
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  • June 13th 2019

    Case Study: Why Did Mediation Work?

    IMediation allows us to understand more about WHY complaints arise and why they are continuing. Talking through a disagreement with an independent, trained third party can bring underlying issues and misunderstandings to the fore and…
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  • May 1st 2019

    Does ‘Sorry’ Have to be the Hardest Word?

    What does ‘sorry’ mean? Why is it so hard to say? Why is it so important to hear?
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  • May 1st 2019

    FAQ: We Don’t Feel We Have Done Anything Wrong, So Why Should We Mediate?

    Mediation is a non-judgmental process. The VCMS does not ‘investigate’ complaints and will not be assessing who is right and wrong.
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  • May 1st 2019

    FAQ: We Have Already Responded to the Complaint, So What More Can Mediation Achieve?

    If an owner has contacted the VCMS, it is clear that they remain unhappy and motivated to pursue their complaint further.
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  • May 1st 2019

    FAQ: We Have Already Spent So Much Time Trying to Resolve this Complaint

    The VCMS process tries to be a time efficient as possible. When an owner refers their complaint to the VCMS, we will approach the practice and ask for copy records and correspondence so we have…
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  • May 1st 2019

    FAQ: The Situation with the Owner is Difficult and Our Practice Team is Worried About Discussing the Complaint with them During Mediation

    Mediation with the VCMS is conducted as a ‘shuttle’ conversation.
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  • May 1st 2019

    FAQ: This is all About Fee Avoidance, So Should We Delay Debt Recovery with Mediation?

    Some complaints are about fee avoidance, and establishing this early is important. If a fee remains outstanding, it is important for a practice to find out why.
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  • April 25th 2019

    Managing Expectations: Complaints Regarding Pet Insurance

    The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has announced annual figures on pet insurance coverage and claims, revealing that the average claim rose by 5% to £793.
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  • April 17th 2019

    Estimates: What Are They and What Do They Mean to Animal Owners?

    An estimate is an educated guess, based on experience, animals are unique, there are many different breeds and they all come in different shapes and sizes with differing clinical histories. They have allergies, they react…
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  • April 17th 2019

    Estimates: What Are They and What Do They Mean to Animal Owners?

    “When I take my car to the garage, they give me an estimate and that’s what I pay! You can’t get away with charging me £500 above your estimate! I signed for an estimate of…
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  • November 1st 2018

    Veterinary Mediation Scheme Passes One-Year Milestone | via RCVS

    This month the Veterinary Client Mediation Service (VCMS), established and funded by the RCVS, has passed the one-year mark having dealt with over 2,000 cases of dispute between veterinary practices and clients in this time.
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  • August 21st 2018

    We Have Done All We Can to Resolve this Complaint - What More Can Mediation Achieve?

    The following complaint came to the VCMS at a point where both the owner and practice had tried hard to resolve their differences but had become entrenched.
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  • July 10th 2018

    Why Choose Mediation?

    Are you unable to resolve a dispute and considering taking the case to court?
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  • June 4th 2018

    Uncovering the Underlying Root of a Complaint

    Are you unable to resolve a dispute and considering taking the case to court?
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  • October 17th 2017

    How Does the VCMS Benefit Practices?

    The VCMS is an independent mediation services funded by the RCVS to help resolve complaints by animal owners regarding a veterinary practice.
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  • July 21st 2017

    Taking Your Pup on Holiday: The Rise in Pet Passports

    The British have enjoyed the reputation of being a nation of pet lovers for many years now, with more than half of British households having at least one pet. Unsurprisingly, the most popular pets are…
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