Responsible Pet Ownership, Medivet, and You

Responsible Pet Ownership, Medivet, and You

Just like you, Medivet believes in the principle of responsible pet ownership and the benefits of preventative healthcare. This includes regular appropriate vaccinations and regular flea and worm control for dogs, cats and rabbits. Medivet recommends microchipping as the best permanent means of identification for your pet.

Pet Health Insurance

Animals can become ill or get injured without warning. Medivet strongly supports the principle of insuring your pet against unexpected problems and the bills that can go with these. Please ask for details about insurance from any member of staff at your local Medivet practice. Please be aware that, unless we specifically arrange otherwise in writing, it is your responsibility to settle your account with us and then reclaim the fees from your insurance company. Please note that the Medivet Healthcare Plan is not an insurance policy.

Fees

Medivet constantly invests in improving the standards of our facilities, equipment, and staff to benefit our patients and clients, and while the National Health Service (NHS) can rely on significant public funding, Medivet relies solely on fee income to deliver similar advanced care for our patients.

Please ensure all fees are paid at the time of treatment as this helps to keep the level of fees as low as possible for all clients.

All professional fees, pet shop and medicine charges are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate. Fee levels are determined by the time and skill level required for a case as well as medicines, materials, laboratory tests, consumables and diets used. Fee levels will also have a contribution towards general overhead costs. Itemised fees are always available for every treatment. You are liable for any fees incurred in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet even if your pet is brought to us on your behalf by an agent, for example a relative or friend.

No medicines or pet shop items can be dispensed without payment being received at the time the items are collected. This does not include items dispensed as part of the Medivet Healthcare Plan, which are subject to the terms and conditions of the plan.

The veterinary surgeons and staff will be pleased to discuss likely costs at any time – please don't hesitate to ask.

Methods of payment

Accounts are due for settlement at our discretion at the end of the consultation or treatment, the discharge of your pet, or upon collection of medicines and other pet requisites. You may settle the account using cash or a credit/debit card – we accept Maestro, Cirrus, Solo, Mastercard, Visa, Delta and American Express. We also have an agreement in place with Braemar Finance who may be able to provide you with a payment plan. In some cases, we accept relevant vouchers that are valid and in date. We usually require, at our discretion, that a deposit of 50% of the estimated costs be paid at the time of admission to our clinic for any procedures or hospitalisation.

Estimates of treatment costs

We will provide written estimates as to the probable costs of a course of treatment. Please bear in mind that any estimate given can only be approximate as it is not always possible to predict how a pet’s illness will progress, and often a pet’s illness will not follow a conventional course. We will try to contact you on the telephone numbers you have given us if we believe the treatment costs are going to exceed the estimated costs. If, however, you are not contactable, we will treat your pet as is necessary for the prevention of pain and/or suffering.

Settlement terms

Should an account not be settled within seven days, then a reminder will be sent. This will include an additional accounting fee in respect of the administrative costs incurred. Should it be necessary for further reminders to be sent, further charges will be incurred. These however, may be deducted at Medivet’s sole discretion if payment is made promptly. After due notice to you, the client, overdue accounts will be referred to our debt collection agency and further charges will be levied in respect of costs incurred in collecting the debt (these include, but are not limited to, the production of reports, correspondence, court fees, attendance at court, phone calls, home visits, etc.).

Any cheque returned by our bank as unpaid, any credit card payment not honoured, and any cash tendered that is found to be counterfeit will result in the original account being restored to the original sum, with further charges added in respect of bank charges and administration costs together with interest at base rate + 3.5% PA on the principal sum.

All missed appointments will be charged for unless reasonable notice of cancellation is given. It is at Medivet’s sole discretion not to charge for a missed appointment.

Inability to pay

If for any reason you are unable to settle your account as specified, we ask you to discuss the matter as soon as possible with a member of staff. Please note that instalment payments or part-payments of any account may only be sanctioned with the express permission of an authorised partner after appropriate checks have been made and you will need to sign an acknowledgment of debt. The granting of permission for instalment payments rather than full payment at the time of treatment is at Medivet’s absolute discretion.

Ownership of records

Case records including radiographs, clinical notes, laboratory records and similar documents are the property of, and will be retained by, Medivet. Part of the fees charged will be for interpretation of such radiographs or laboratory reports. A summary of the history will be passed on to another veterinary surgeon taking over the case. Should you wish to obtain a copy of the case records or radiographs, Medivet will provide these on payment of an appropriate fee.

Out-of-hours Policy

Medivet reserves the right to contact other practices to provide out-of-hours emergency and night care in areas where we do not have a Medivet 24-hour practice. This may mean sharing the out of hours’ duties with other vets in the area or utilising a third party provider to provide our statutory out-of-hours’ provision. Please ask at reception for the details of the emergency and night cover specific to your clinic.

Prescription Policy

Prescriptions are available from this practice. You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines, category V, (POM-Vs) from your veterinary surgeon OR ask for a prescription and obtain these medicines from another veterinary surgeon or pharmacy. Your veterinary surgeon may prescribe POM-Vs only for animals under his or her care. A prescription may not be appropriate if your animal is an in-patient or immediate treatment is necessary. You will be informed, on request, of the price of any medicine that may be prescribed for your animal. The general policy of this practice is to re-assess every three months any animal that requires repeat prescriptions, but this frequency may increase or decrease depending on individual circumstances and the opinion of the veterinary surgeon. The standard charge for a re-examination for such purposes is the prevailing price of a consultation fee. There is a charge for providing prescriptions. Please ask a member of staff for the current prescription fee.

General

Medivet may contact you either by letter, phone, text or electronic means in order to advise you of outstanding accounts, reminders of your pet’s preventative healthcare treatments, and any marketing initiatives that might be of benefit to you or your pet. Please inform us if you wish to modify how we may contact you. Please be aware that choosing to have no contact from us at all will remove the ability of the practice to send vaccination reminders.

Reminders are provided as a complimentary service to our clients. Medivet accepts no liability for any loss, damages or costs which may result from the failure of a client to receive any reminder.

No addition or variation of these conditions will bind the practice unless it is specifically agreed in writing and signed by one of the group’s partners. No agent or person employed by, or under contract with Medivet, has the authority to alter or vary these conditions in any way.

We participate in a nationwide project aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of pets. Together with the Royal Veterinary College and other participating practices, data from our patients’ records is collected, pooled and analysed to identify risk factors, assess and compare different treatment protocols, and improve early diagnosis of disease.

All data collection, storage and usage is anonymised and fully compliant with relevant data protection regulations.

Please tell a member of practice staff if you do not wish to participate. 

Enquiries and subscription

Please direct any enquiries to our support centre at enquiries@medivet.co.uk or 01923 470 000.

Alternatively, please write to us at: 

Medivet

Unit 4, Mowat Industrial Estate

Sandown Road

Watford

WD24 7UY

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