. vet-hospitals & vet-clinics n the U-S that are members of the AAHA, Am Animal-Hospital Assoc, are required to remove the pet from the owner's presence, which frankly makes me uncomfortable. Unfortunately, many veterinary practices see AAHA accreditation as a stamp of approval, & join - forcing the clients of those practices to surrender their pets for unobserved Dx, tests, rads, Tx, & manipulation. I've been in the room when vet-techs mishandled my dog, accidentally or ignorantly, & i don't like having my animal out of sight entirely for an extended period of time, with multiple ppl doing various things to them. It's not that i think my vet, their techs, groomers, assistants, etc, are planning to hurt or scare my dog - if i thought that, I wouldn't go to that practice. But stuff happens, & i want to observe the handling, any manipulation, etc, so that if something does occur that causes pain, or that will make my dog resistant or scared in the future, I WANT TO SEE IT & know what caused the issue. What's standard in the UK? - do owners stay with their pets [obv aside from surgery, etc], or are the owners evicted & the pet's on their own? thanks for any info, - terry .