THE owner of a Milford Haven vets’ practice is celebrating, after achieving gold status for how she trains her team.

On Friday, March 21, Preseli-Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb joined Billa Schleicher and her team at All Pets Vet Care to celebrate the company receiving prestigious Gold Status accreditation from Investors in People.

Only four percent of companies in Wales can boast Gold Status, and All Pets Vet Care is now one of just three companies in Pembrokeshire to have the accreditation.

The high-tech practice, which opened in 2009, employs ten people, and Billa believes in investing in extensive training to make sure all her staff can reach their full potential.

Last year one of her nurses was voted Blue Cross Nurse of the Year as a result of the training she had received. The newest member of Billa’s team is completing an animal management course at Pembrokeshire College before going on to study veterinary nursing.

Billa said: “We’ve worked so hard to achieve Gold Status but we don’t want to stop there.

“My vision for All Pets Vet Care is to not only compare it to other vet practices but also to other business in Pembrokeshire and across the UK. We want to keep on striving to improve”

Mr Crabb said the practice was a “real Pembrokeshire success story”.

“From achieving Pembrokeshire Lottery funding to overcoming planning obstacles; from making smart business decisions to investing in a growing and skilled workforce; Billa is an inspirational figure and her infectious ambition has created a thriving local business,” he added.