Champagne corks popping as Worcestershire-based Meadows Farm Vets Ltd has become the first farm animal practice to apply for and be given Practice Standards Awards since their introduction in 2016.

The independent practice, which was set up in 2010 by husband and wife team Richard and Sophie Aylett, will be a hard act to follow because not only did they achieve awards in all three areas for which they were eligible, but they were marked as "Outstanding" in all three.

For farm practices, the five possible awards are: Team and Professional Responsibility, Client Service, Advisory/Consultancy Service, Diagnostic Service and In-Patient Service. However, as an ambulatory first opinion farm animal practice, Meadows Farm Vets Ltd was only eligible for the first three awards.

Comments from the PSS Assessor included:

"Clinical governance was developing well in the practice. The recording of all surgeries in a file but also in an easy to see chart on the wall, colour coded re follow up was an excellent idea."

"Infection control & biosecurity were taken very seriously and all vehicles were immaculately clean & tidy."

"There was great support provided to new graduates and a comprehensive induction for new team members."

"The resources for farmers including written reports, training meetings, general meetings and comprehensive monthly newsletters were the best I have seen in a farm practice."

"The use and monitoring of a surgical checklist for all surgical procedures was impressive."

Practice Principal Sophie Aylett said: "We are extremely proud to have been recognised by the Royal College for our modern and innovative approach to farm practice. It has been a real team effort in working towards these Awards and we are very excited to be the first farm animal practice to have achieved all three Awards.

"To be marked as “Outstanding” in all three areas is testament to the great team of competent, confident and content vets and staff who are Meadows Farm Vets Ltd."

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