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Virtual farm assessments

The Coronavirus has presented us with an unprecedented global situation which we are all having to adapt to. Not being able to go about our lives in the normal way has created issues for everyone - especially certain workers where a physical presence on the ground is considered fundamental. And that couldn’t be more true for our RSPCA Assured assessors - at least that's what we thought…

How do virtual assessments work?

Our virtual assessments are really similar to the physical on-site assessments that our members are already used to. The only difference is that the assessors aren’t actually there in person. Instead, they are on a live video link, so they can see the farm, virtually walk around it and direct the member to what they want to look at.

It’s thanks to advances in modern technology that we are able to adapt to these trying times and continue to monitor and maintain farm animal welfare whilst supporting our members. Our live-streaming assessments are carried out over a variety of internet platforms including ​​​WhatsApp, Google Meet and Google Hangouts.

There are many challenges being faced by our members, and we appreciate their co-operation, patience and understanding during this difficult time. Their wellbeing, and the welfare of their animals, remain our priority, and we are working hard to ensure we can continue to deliver farm assurance whilst supporting them. Our members are doing a valuable, essential and fantastic job, and we are incredibly proud of them.   Joe Bailey, RSPCA Assured’s Head of Farming

About the author

Jodie Adam

Jodie is RSPCA Assured's Digital Communications Manager. 

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