Our Accreditations: Who are they with and what do they mean?

At Friars Moor Livestock Vets, we are proud to be a member of the XLVets group, and an approved member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Practice Standards Scheme.

XL Vets

XL Vets is a group of independently owned, progressive veterinary practices, of which Friars Moor is a memberXL Vets members work collaboratively, sharing knowledge, experience, and skills, to ensure they deliver a high level of customer care and animal welfare. The ethos of the XLVets group is that business ownership is in the hands of the clinicians who work within the practice. Visit the XLVets website for more information. 

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

RCVS accreditation is achieved by the practice undergoing a rigorous inspection by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  This is known as the Practice Standards Scheme (PSS), and gives clients the reassurance that the practice conforms to the high standards set by the RCVS.   

PSS is a voluntary initiative aimed at promoting the highest standards of veterinary care.  This independent assessment is undertaken every 4 years, but practices are subject to unannounced spot checks at any time . The PSS scheme is a stamp of professional quality and an opportunity for practices to maintain consistently high standards. Read more about the PSS on the RCVS website 


The Veterinary Graduate Development Programme, VetGDP, provides an effective period of work-place based support for all veterinary graduates as they begin their first role in practice.

By focusing on the development of their clinical and professional capabilities, the aim is for graduates to become competent, resilient members of the veterinary team. Developed after consultation with the UK veterinary professions, the VetGDP recognises that while graduates are qualified vets, a period of structured support in the workplace can help their professional development, reduce anxiety and build lasting confidence. Core to VetGDP are trained VetGDP Advisers, who work on a one-to-one basis with veterinary graduates to provide support in the workplace. Practices or other workplaces wishing to employ veterinary graduates must become an RCVS Approved Graduate Development Practice, to ensure that graduates receive the developmental support required.