This statement details our practice terms and conditions. Some aspects of the terms may not be relevant to you and we request that you ask for further explanation/clarification if needed.
All fees, foods, shop items and drugs are subject to VAT at the current rate. Fee levels are determined by the time spent on a case and according to the drugs, materials, consumables and diets used. A detailed receipt is available for every consultation, surgical procedure and transaction with us.
Methods of Payment
Accounts are due to settlement at the end of each consultation, the discharge of your pet, or upon collection of foods and drugs. You may settle your account using cash or card. American Express cards are not accepted. Cheques are also accepted.
Should your account not be settled at the time of treatment, we reserve the right to add a surcharge of 10% to all amounts outstanding, then 5% per month will be added for each month the account remains outstanding. After due notice to you, the client, overdue accounts will be referred to the County Court at a further cost to you.
Any cheque returned from your bank as unpaid, any card payment not honoured, and any cash tendered found to be counterfeit, will result in your account being restored to the original sum.
Inability to Pay
We are legally obliged to provide 24 hours of emergency treatment to an animal.
In an emergency situation with your pet, 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 our Practice Manager or Directors of the practice. In all cases, a swipe of your credit or debit card will be required, before payment terms may be agreed.
Dispensing of Medicines
Prescriptions – In most circumstances, medicines prescribed by the veterinary surgeon will be dispensed within the practice. A written prescription for the dispensing of medicines at a different pharmacy or another vet, can be provided. (A charge will be incurred for the first item and a reduced cost for any subsequent item). Prices for medicines available at our practice are available on request. A prescription may not be appropriate if your animal is an in-patient or if immediate treatment is necessary. Your vet may only prescribe Prescription Only Medicines (POM-Vs) for animals under their care. The policy of this practice is to re-asses an animals requiring repeat prescriptions every six months. (This may vary with individiual circumstances). There is a standard charge for re-examination.
Repeat Prescriptions – animals with on-going conditions will require to be checked periodically (usually six monthly) but this will be determined by the veterinary surgeon in charge of the case. This also applies to repeat prescriptions for medicines to be dispensed elsewhere. There is a charge for the re-examination and re-assessment of the case.
In certain cases, we may decide that the best treatment for your animal involves prescribing medication outside the data sheet recommendations (i.e off licence under the cascade system) or a specifically prepared unauthorised medicine, or a medicine imported from another country under a Special Import Certificate. In accepting the treatment of your animal at the Windmill Veterinary Centre, you accept that there may be risks and side effects associated with treatment.
We cannot give credit for return of medication even if it remains unopened and unused as we are unable to monitor the storage and security of item once they have left our premises. We can arrange to dispose of unwanted medications for clients, purchased from our practice.
Ownership of Records
Case records including radiographs and similar documents are the property of, and will be retained by the Windmill Veterinary Centre. Copies of a summary of the history will be passed on by request to another veterinary surgeon taking over the case.
Estimates of Treatment Cost
We will happily provide a written estimate of the probable costs of a course of treatment. Please bear in mind that any estimate given can only be approximate based on the information we have at that time. A pet’s illness may not follow a conventional course.