Significant event reporting and clinical audit

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Significant event reporting and clinical audit

Published 20 April 2022

Despite our best efforts there will be occasions when things go wrong. One of the most important things we can do is to ensure that these events are seen as an opportunity for learning and improving systems to reduce the risk of similar problems in future.

Significant event reporting

Clinical audit

We do not have to wait for things to go wrong, to put measures in place to improve the quality of care. Clinical audit provides a method for involving the team in improving the quality of care and these references may give you some ideas on where to start . Further support is available on the RCVS Knowledge website

Clinical audit [RCVS Knowledge. QI Resources][online]. Available from: [accessed 14 April 2022]

  • Waine, K. et al. (2018) A cross-sectional study of experiences and attitudes towards clinical audit of farm animal veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom. Veterinary Sciences, 5 (4), p. 84.
  • Waine, K. et al. (2021) Assessing the feasibility of retrospective and prospective clinical audit in farm animal veterinary practice. Veterinary Sciences, 8 (4), p.62.
  • Rose, N., Toews, L. and Pang, D.S. (2016) A systematic review of clinical audit in companion animal veterinary medicine. BMC Veterinary Research, 12, 40.
  • Rose, N., Kwong, G.P. and Pang, D.S. (2016) A clinical audit cycle of post‐operative hypothermia in dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 57 (9), pp. 447-452.
  • Waine, K. and Brennan, M. (2015) Clinical audit in veterinary practice: theory v reality. In Practice, 37 (10), pp. 545-549.
  • Waine, K. et al. (2018) Clinical audit in farm animal veterinary practice: Part 1: preparing for audit. In Practice, 40 (8), pp. 360-364.
  • Waine, K. et al. (2018) Clinical audit in farm animal veterinary practice. Part 2: conducting the audit. In Practice, 40 (10), pp. 465-469.
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