Dog friendly clinics: helping pets have a positive experience

02 May 2023
4 mins read
Volume 14 · Issue 4
Figure 2. Dog friendly clinic
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As one of the project leads for the dog friendly clinic scheme, Kate Main, Veterinary Intervention Development Officer at Dogs Trust outlines key areas of how the initiative can improve veterinary visits for dogs.

The dog friendly clinic scheme is an exciting collaborative initiative between Dogs Trust, the UK's largest canine welfare charity, and the British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA). The aim of the scheme is to make the provision of veterinary care as comfortable as it can be for all involved.

To support this aim and help clinics throughout the nation, the membership scheme has freely available web-based modules for veterinary professionals to explore (, which provide insight into the importance of adopting behavioural principles within the clinic alongside supporting potential members with their dog friendly clinic application.

Veterinary professionals can join the scheme either as an individual or as a clinic team by completing a role specific application form. Upon meeting the criteria set out by Dogs Trust and the BVBA, applicants are invited to join the scheme and pay an annual membership fee. Membership benefits, such as behaviourally focussed CPD supports veterinary professionals in furthering their knowledge of canine behaviour while their dog friendly clinic certificates and badge(s) publicise that they are part of our behaviourally centred community.

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