Our Code of Practice
IVCA member’s responsibilities to clients
When providing veterinary chiropractic services the IVCA member should:
- Provide a good standard of practice and care. (The Standard of Proficiency sets out the requirements for the competent and safe practice of veterinary chiropractic.)
- Ensure that information regarding veterinary chiropractic care is clearly communicated in a way that clients understand (including explanation of what veterinary chiropractic care entails, patient’s health needs, care options, possible side effects etc.)
- Obtain the appropriate consent before examination and treatment of the patient.
- Take all reasonable care in using their professional skills to treat patients.
- Maintain their skills and keep their knowledge up to date andmeet the minimal requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) set out by the IVCA.
- Recognise and work within the limits of their knowledge, skills and experience, keeping within their own areas of competence (IVCA members should refer patients to other healthcare practitioners when the needs of the patient are beyond the knowledge and skills of the IVCA member.)
- Maintain clear, accurate and comprehensive case records and accounts.
- Protect clients from risk of harm.
- Recognise that the client has freedom of choice.