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

XLVets is a group of independently owned progressive veterinary practices, which Friars Moor are a part
of, that work together to achieve the highest standards of veterinary care.

Members of XLVets work collaboratively, sharing knowledge, experience and skills, to achieve excellence in veterinary practice 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.

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

Practice Standards Scheme To achieve RCVS accreditation the practice has undergone a rigorous inspection by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons known as the Practice Standards Scheme. This means you can be sure of high standards of care for your animals and peace of mind that they are receiving excellent medical treatment.

It is a voluntary initiative that offers reassurance that the practice has met stringent standards aimed at promoting the highest standards of veterinary care. This independent assessment is undertaken every 4 years, but we are subject to unannounced spot checks. 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.