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Protecting patients, clients and clinicians from professional errors.

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A Member, not just a Customer

We work hard to uphold your personal and practice reputation.

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The Veterinary Defence Society is a mutual insurance company, run by experienced veterinary surgeons on behalf of the veterinary profession.


We insure the practising profession against the effects of claims of negligence.


We ensure each case is handled by a vet colleague experienced in claims management.


We defend reputations against claims and offer compensation when appropriate.


We protect you against claims of veterinary negligence, with human injury cover included.


We provide legal representation at criminal and disciplinary hearings.


We help our members develop through advice and guidance, publications and training.

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Email Phishing Campaign

Email Phishing Campaign

It has come to our attention that some VDS members have received an email or emails mentioning “[vet-vdsclientlist]” in the subject line. We would like to highlight that this email is not from the VDS…

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GDPR - Statement to Members

GDPR - Statement to Members

As you may be aware, there have been some important developments in data protection law. In particular, the adoption of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is effective from 25th…

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