• Networking Opportunities, VPMA
  • Networking Opportunities, VPMA
  • Networking Opportunities, VPMA
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Networking Opportunities

networking crNetworking with Other Members

The VPMA offers members a variety of opportunities for networking regionally and nationally, both online and through formal and informal meetings and events.

Regional Networking Opportunities

The VPMA has an active regional infrastructure throughout the country providing a forum for education, networking, support, and the exchange of ideas.

A network of Regional Organisers maintain contact with members, report to Council and run local meetings for members and non-members, including all staff categories in veterinary practices. For details of activities in your area visit the Regions Page.

National Networking Opportunities

In addition to the regional meetings and CPD opportunities (open to those from outside the region as well), the VPMA holds an annual conference, as well as management days and practice management seminars at other veterinary association meetings. Please see our Events Page for details of forthcoming meetings.

Networking Online

One of the key aims of the VPMA is to provide a communication network through which members can exchange information, ideas and experiences. Two online resources separate from the VPMA website provide this means of communication between members on a day-to-day basis.


The VPMA eGroup allows communication between members via email and is run as a Yahoo Group. Members who have signed up can also access previous conversations online at the eGroup's Homepage. However, membership of the eGroup is restricted to VPMA members; non-members, and members who have not signed up to the eGroup, are not able to view these conversations.

To join the eGroup, go to the Homepage, click on Join Group and then follow the instructions given. If you are not currently signed in with Yahoo, you will be taken to the Sign In Page. If you have not previously used Yahoo Groups, you will need to scroll down this page and click on Create New Account. Once you have completed the joining process, your request will need to be approved by the VPMA eGroup Moderators, after which you will start receiving eGroup messages and will be able to start, and contribute to, conversations with other VPMA members.

More comprehensive instructions are available in printable format at this link. If you have any problems joining or using the eGroup, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Vetpol is an extensive website connecting the wider veterinary community where you can network, ask questions, share solutions and ideas, state opinions or simply watch to see what others have to say on issues of interest and significance to veterinary practice. In addition, the VPMA have an open forum on Vetpol where you can connect with other VPMA members, support one another and feel part of a team.

The VPMA forum on Vetpol is packed full of useful resources for busy Practice Managers, such as a "recommendations" section and a "document circulation" section where VPMA members make available all kinds of useful documents, such as protocols, appraisal templates, and staff handbooks. Many VPMA members are already registered with Vetpol and we would like to encourage you to sign up today. Log on or register now at www.vetpol.co.uk and join our growing throng.

If you have any questions regarding the VPMA forum on Vetpol, please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Alternatively contact Vetpol directly using this link.