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  • Careers with Animals Day

    Do you dream of working with animals? Unsure about what opportunities exist? Want to find out if it’s really for you and how you can get started?

    If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, go to one of the free Careers with Animals Days, hosted by the College of Animal Welfare, and get the answers to your questions! This is a fantastic opportunity to talk to professionals, gather career advice and plan your next move!


    Whether you’re at school and looking at your options, employed in a different field and looking for a career change, unemployed and looking at how you can get back into work, or already working with animals and looking at different opportunities; this event will give you the chance to meet with relevant people and organisations within the animal care industry, gain advice, ask questions and receive guidance on training.

    Please click here for further details.

     
  • Video now available of RCVS Day guest speaker, Dr Adam Little

    The presentation made by Dr Adam Little, guest speaker at this year’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Day, is now available on the RCVS YouTube channel. In his talk, ‘Digital Veterinary Practice’, Dr Little, President of Exponential Vet Inc., discussed how evolving technology could impact upon veterinary medicine and practice.

    RCVS Day, an annual event held this year on 14 July, is made up of the Annual General Meeting and the awards ceremony. It includes the investiture of the new President and Council members, and a guest presentation from a leading veterinary practitioner.

    Dr Little investigated some of the emerging technologies that could be applied to veterinary practice, citing how, for example, every 12-18 months the amount of computing power available for a set price doubles, and how, though there are now about 9bn devices connected to the internet, by 2020 there are expected to be 50bn. Dr Little predicted that more and more of those are going to be worn by animals: to measure reproductive health in farm animals; to track performance in equines; and to monitor behaviour and activity in companion animals.

    Dr Little discussed how there’s already a smart litter box which measures an animal’s habits, an oral pill camera that can take 360 degree photos, 3D printed drugs, and digitised microscopy. By uniting these technologies with increasingly accurate virtual reality technology, he said, long-distance examinations could become a real possibility.

    More specifically in relation to the role of the RCVS, he explored how the profession could be proactive in engaging with these technologies, such as by: using regulation as a mechanism to attract ‘disruptors’ to work alongside the profession; identifying areas of retraining and creating targeted learning opportunities; fostering an entrepreneurial mindset; creating an early-adopter network of practices to foster initial collaboration; and framing industry challenges as targeted problems whose solutions can be crowd-sourced.

    The video of Dr Little’s speech is available on the RCVS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoZhiCAQ2g0

    A video of the event is also available on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqib7vvOhHg

     
  • Bring Your Dog to Work Day

    There’s just over two weeks until national Bring Your Dog To Work Day - and Britain’s favourite day at the office is again taking the nation by storm.

     

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  • BSAVA launches online resource bank to build practice expertise

    Vets can develop their practices’ professional and business skills including integration of new graduates, with a flexible online resource from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA).

    Newly qualified vets and their employers will find the BSAVA Professional Development Phase (PDP) Resource Bank particularly useful when it is launched on May 24.

    The resource will help the whole practice – from supporting and appraising new graduates, to coaching and mentoring staff teams – all aimed at developing an ethos of reflective learning and continuous professional development (CPD) alongside veterinary expertise.

    There will be materials to help staff members understand the organisation, management and economic pressures of practice, their responsibilities as employees, and building strong communication skills across the business.

    The BSAVA PDP resource bank provides CPD support matched directly to the RCVS PDP competences, allowing members to pick and choose those most appropriate to their professional development. They include webinars, podcasts, videos, PDFs and web links, with accessible timings from 15 to 90 minutes.

    The content is reviewed by committee and there will be ongoing development of new resources – including employer specific resources for practices supporting new graduates.

    BSAVA President Susan Dawson said: “This exciting and easily accessible resource puts continuous professional development at the heart of veterinary practice, helping everyone to meet the changing demands of delivering 21st century veterinary medicine,” she said.

    “Whether you’re an employer supporting a newly qualified graduate in your practice, a new or recent graduate starting out, returning to work after a break, or simply wanting to refresh your professional or clinical skills, we believe the support within these pages will be a welcome addition.”

    Kate King, BSAVA Education Manager, said: “We understand the many challenges of beginning your first job; everything is new and knowing where to turn for help can be difficult. At university undergraduates are expected to focus on the technical skills and knowledge of veterinary science, rather than areas more focused on the practice business, customer care and team-building, such as so-called ‘soft skills’ like emotional intelligence and strong communication.

    “Equally, vets in practice may have to prioritise the effective management of a practice’s workload ahead of taking extra time to help newly qualified vets find their feet.”

    For more information visit www.bsava.com

     

Learn | Share | Grow

At the VPMA, our Mission is simple: to help you grow your management skills through support, sharing and learning. 

  

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Upcoming VPMA Regional meetings

 

Regional meetings are a great way to connect with others facing similar issues and day-to-day challenges in your area.

 

Meetings will usually consist of a presentation, usually on a CPD topic, followed by open-floor discussions. Regional meetings are open to all:non-members are welcome.

 

Coming Up:

Keep Updated with our Lunchtime Management Updates!

 

A series of 30min webinars for VPMA members

 

Coming up

 

12th October 1pm (TBC)

Maternity & Paternity Update, Citation

 

2nd November 1pm (TBC)

Acquisitions, Peter Gripper, Anval

 

 

VPMA members can find links to view all past webinars in the members section of the website, along with CPD certificates.

 
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Want to boost your qualifications?

 

The Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM) is the VPMA's flagship award.

 

The CVPM qualification is open to anyone working or aspiring to work in veterinary practice management. Assessment is by examination, taking place in November each year.

Find out more about the exam and the award by watching our CVPM webinar here

 

NEW***Management Top Tips! 

 

We've been to the great and the good to pick up some top management tips from leading veterinary companies and suppliers. 

 

VPMA members will be able to access articles and tools in the members pages to help them in their day-to-day role.

 

Now in your members' site! 'How to capitalise on your buying group membership' by MiVetClub.

 

 

 

The VPMA offers membership to all those
with an interest in practice management,
whatever their role in practice.