Inspection of Consultant and Locum Practices
A Consulting Practice is recognized in bylaws, Part 3 – Accreditation and Naming, “Definitions” as a veterinary practice in which a registrant provides veterinary services to other registrants or practice facilities, including on line, and does not have its own premise, structure, vehicle or facility. Consulting practices do not differ substantially from other “limited scope” practices in that they specifically choose to dramatically limit their practices to a very narrow description. Such a practice falls under the mandate of the Practice Facilities Accreditation Committee (PFAC).
The nature of the practice inspection for a consulting practice will be determined by the nature services provided by the consulting practice. A consulting practice that provides services involving specialized equipment and instruments (such as surgical equipment, ultrasound equipment, endoscope, etc) must have those equipment and instruments inspected, as this cannot by reasonably nor objectively performed by the DR of that practice, nor is it the mandate of any Specialty Board. All consulting practices, regardless of nature/scope, must also be evaluated by a Practice Inspector to assess their medical records, library, etc. as any other limited scope practice is inspected.
The word ‘Locum’ is defined in the bylaws, Part 3 – Accreditation and Naming, s. 3.1 (7), and means a registrant who provides veterinary services on a contract basis to another registrant, from or within an accredited practice facility. A locum veterinarian is merely an employee of the practice(s) at which they work and therefore not generally considered to be a practice for the purposes of practice inspection. Accordingly, their practice does not require a practice inspection. Nor does a registrant seeking to start a locum practice in their own name with conferred veterinary academic designation does not require market name authorization from the CVBC.