A South Yorkshire veterinary practice which has seen significant growth since opening has been awarded the highest level of accreditation in the country.
Vets4Pets Barnsley, which treats more than 50,000 animal patients a year, has been accredited ‘Hospital’ status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
The move means the practice now provides advanced surgical procedures including keyhole surgery and diagnostics, and can rehabilitate injured animals in a hydrotherapy pool.
The surgery was started by husband and wife team Peter and Caroline Richards in 2002 and now employs over 50 people, having started out with just three staff.
Mrs Richards said: “We’re obviously delighted to be recognised with the highest level of endorsement from the industry body, RCVS.
“It means we can offer an even wider range of services to people and their pets throughout Barnsley and South Yorkshire.”
Every three years the practice will undergo an assessment to ensure it is still able to have ‘Hospital’ status.
To mark the occasion deputy mayor and mayoress of Barnsley, councillor Ken Richardson and Nadia Richardson, attended with Barnsley Football Club’s mascot, Toby Tyke, visited for a celebration event.