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  • Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation

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  • CPD: Focus on the Practice Team, Leicester Football Stadium - 11th October

    We’re delighted to be bringing back Robin Launder, who wow’d audiences at our 2017 Congress with his high energy presentation on creating positive mindsets.

    Robin will be joined by an impressive line-up of other speakers that include:

    • Rebecca Leask and Stephenie Malone, Harrison Clark Rickerbys
    • Doug Muir, Compassion Understood
    • Gordon Dunn, The Vet Group
    • Lisa Winter, Onswitch
    • Susie Samuel, Vet Help Direct
    • Lizzie Lockett, RCVS
    • Major Cathie Gregg, GLCM


    From Mindset Theory to Measuring Your Customer Care Experience; from tips on attracting, retaining and rewarding all the members of your team to creating and nurturing a positive practice culture, this event will help you build a happier, more focused and more productive practice team.


    One lecture stream will concentrate on overall HR issues, the other will focus more on client care and communication.  This is an excellent day for Practice Managers, Reception Managers, Owners, Clinical Directors… or anyone else who is responsible for client communication or team management.


    Click here
     for synopses on all the lectures and here for speaker profiles.


    The day will also offer a focused exhibition – click here for details of the companies that will be available to talk to you.


    The day will start at 9:30am and finish at 4:30pm. Workbooks, CPD certificates, lunch and refreshments are included.


    For further details and to register click here.

     
  • Congress 2018 - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

    We are proud of our reputation of breaking new ground in business, management and marketing CPD and our 2018 Congress is no exception.  We have a wealth of speakers new to the UK veterinary conference circuit from different sectors, professions or countries bringing expertise in leadership, marketing, customer care and staff wellbeing.  To find out more about Congress and to register, click here.

     
  • Petplan Veterinary Awards Practice Manager of the Year Winner 2017 - Anne Corson

    Petplan Practice Manager of the Year Winner, Anne Corson from Pennard Vets in Tonbridge, Kent demonstrates the type of work she carries out in a normal working day. Watch the Video.

     

Veterinary Business Video Show - Latest Episode

You can click here to view any or all of the previous episodes of the Veterinary Business Video Show

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Volunteer vets – 4 in 5 vets give up time to work with animal charities and rehoming centres

As this year’s extended Volunteers’ Week (1 – 12 June) kicks off, the British Veterinary Association is shining a spotlight on the majority of veterinary surgeons in the UK - more than 4 in 5 (84%) -  who give their time and veterinary expertise at a reduced rate, while more than 2 in 5 work unpaid with animal charities and rehoming centres to treat thousands of abandoned, mistreated or injured animals each year.

The charitable contributions that vets make to assist animals are highlighted today with results drawn from the Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), which asked vets about the arrangements they have with charities. The results show that across the UK: 

  • 72% have formal arrangements with charities to provide veterinary services at a reduced fee with the figure rising to 84% when including less formal set-ups
  • 43% of vets do unpaid work for animal charities or other animal welfare organisations

Charitable activities vary from practice to practice and vets and vet nurses often work with local animal rehoming centres and national animal charities to provide a range of pro bono or reduced fee services, such as health checking, medicating and treating, neutering and vaccinating.

  • Many vets and vet nurses give up their time providing veterinary care at animal rescue and rehoming centres to improve the health and welfare of animals in need, ranging from treating injured wildlife to caring for abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats.
  • Many veterinary practices provide veterinary advice to homeless people and those in housing crisis, and care for their dogs as part of the Dogs Trust Hope Project. Vets also support other projects, such as the Freedom Project, which temporarily fosters animals belonging to families fleeing domestic violence.
  • Overbreeding of cats and dogs contributes to thousands of unwanted and neglected pets each year. Vets help reduce the numbers and help improve animal welfare by teaming up with charities, some of which provide neutering vouchers to owners on limited incomes. 
  • Over 300 veterinary practices undertake work for the veterinary charity PDSA, providing treatment to animals of owners on means-tested benefits. The scheme ensures some of the most disadvantaged people in society can access veterinary treatment to keep their pets healthy.
  • Vets never turn away an un-owned or wild animal needing emergency treatment. The RSPCA and BVA recognise the essential role vets play with the Initial Emergency Treatment (IET) scheme. When a member of the public finds a sick or injured stray or wild animal, vets will always provide necessary treatment, and may receive a charitable contribution towards the cost of that treatment, for instance through the RSPCA IET scheme.
  • Many vets volunteer overseas, from rabies control programmes in India and Africa, and animal sanctuaries in Goa, to horse and donkey welfare in The Gambia and treating stray animals in Greece.

Commenting, BVA President Sean Wensley, said:
“Behind these statistics are countless stories of veterinary teams – who already often work long, demanding hours – giving their time for free to support animal rescue staff and charities to care for abandoned, injured and neglected animals, as well as help owners to keep and care for much loved animals in times of hardship and crisis. The UK’s network of animal charities and rehoming centres do a fantastic job protecting wild and domestic animals each year.

“Animal welfare legislation is clear that animal keepers and owners are responsible for meeting their animals’ needs, and prospective animal owners must be aware of the cost and time commitment involved in animal ownership. But we appreciate people’s circumstances can change and that vets volunteering their time and expertise contributes not only to animal health and welfare but also to human wellbeing and our communities.”

   

Vets stride out with Pride for the first time

Vets from across the UK will be formally part of the Pride in London Parade for the first time this year, when the recently formed British Veterinary LGBT+ (BVLGBT+) group and supporters stride out with other Pride Parade groups on Saturday 25 June.

Vet Mat Hennessey started the group after noticing a medics banner at the Pride in London Parade last year and realising that there was a need for representation and support for the LGBT+ community amongst vets. BVLGBT+ is open to anyone who wants to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights within the veterinary professions, whether studying or working, and since its launch in late 2015 it already has 430 members. Officers of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), including the President Sean Wensley, will join BVLGBT+ at the Parade.

Mr Hennessey said:


“Seeing that banner brought to the fore something that I had been aware of for some time – the need for a visible and supportive community for veterinary surgeons and nurses, practice managers and other colleagues who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and the colleagues who want to support us and promote equality. The launch of BVLGBT+ last year and our first AGM in April of this year are landmarks. But joining the Pride Parade really puts LGBT+ vets on the map. We are delighted to be part of this celebration of the LGBT+ community and its friends.

“However, as we join together for the Pride in London Parade, we would also like to include in spirit vets who may be working in remote, rural regions, without a LGBT+ community to plug into as this can be a lonely and isolating experience. Our message to these colleagues is – ‘We are here for you too, ready to listen and to support you.’”

Sean Wensley BVA President commented:


“BVA is proud to have supported BVLGBT+ in its inaugural year and to be walking with our LGBT+ colleagues in the Pride Parade. This is an important moment for the profession as a whole, as well as our LGBT+ colleagues, showing the world that the veterinary profession is one that is open, diverse and supportive.”

   

VPMA president comments on insurance claim rises

VPMA President Renay Rickard was invited to comment on the recent record level of pet insurance payouts by the Veterinary Times. Her comments featured in the 11th April edition.  

VPMA Apr 16 insurance VT

   

VPMA's budget statement in the Veterinary Times

The VPMA issued a budget statement following George Osborne's eighth speech as Chancellor. It was featured in the Veterinary Times, 3rd April issue. VPMA Apr 16 Budget

   

VPMA training roadshow to focus on auto-enrolment and Sage updates

The Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) has announced dates for a series of regional training days in Sage accounting and payroll software, to include updates on auto-enrolment.

Read more: VPMA training roadshow to focus on auto-enrolment and Sage updates

   

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