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  • VPMA / SPVS Congress 2017

    Join us at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport from the 26th to 28th January 2017.

    From behaviour economics to the ultimate front of house experience; resilience to understanding mindsets; practical H&S to managing social media, with speakers from home and abroad; within and outside the profession - you don't want to miss this event.

    Incorporating the New to Management Stream: whether you're a head nurse, a lead vet in a clinical role, an administrator or client care team leader, you probably have some management elements to your job; or are you moving into management but finding it a bit daunting?  This stream is pitched at introductory level.

    For full details about Congress, click here.

     
  • 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.

     

    Please Click Here to read the full article

     
  • 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 abreast of veterinary topics and issues with our Lunchtime Management Updates!

 

 A monthly series of 30min webinars for VPMA members

 

Coming up...

Dec 14th 1pm: Practice PR: what is it and how to do it.

Speaker: Libby Sheridan, Mojo Consultancy

 

VPMA members can sign up on the link sent out by the VPMA secretariat. Find links to view all past webinars in the members section of the website, along with CPD certificates.

 

 
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FREE to practice non-members: a special Christmas gift!

 

We are offering a one of our most popular webinars free to non-members as a special Christmas gift!

Listen to 'Debt Management: Prevention is better than cure' to help get your practice off to a profitable start in 2017!

 

 

Click here to access the webinar recording.

 

The webinar is one of the Lunchtime Management Updates, a series of 30min webinars free to VPMA members. Join the association to get access to these along with a host of other benefits.

 

Find out more about membership here

 

VPMA Management Top Tips 

 

Our first series of VPMA Tops Tips, available exclusively to members, is coming to a close.

 

But don't panic, you can view or download them all once you login to the members' area!

 

Now in your members' area: "Improve your waiting room's potential as a marketing vehicle'' by The Vet Channel.

 

Also look at last week's #VPMATips – perfect timing for the colder weather – "Utilities: The early bird keeps the smaller worm"

 

 

 

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