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  • CVPM Examination Preparation Workshop

    Are you interested in undertaking the CVPM (Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management)?

    The Certification and Training Committee is holding a FREE information and examination preparation workshop on Wednesday 11th October 2017 in Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

    The CVPM is awarded by the VPMA to individuals who have demonstrated their ability to effectively manage a veterinary practice, hospital or unit.  The CVPM is aimed at both experienced managers who are new to the veterinary industry and members of the veterinary team who are currently working in a management role.  The qualification also provides a benchmark for veterinary employers seeking to employ a new practice manager.

    For more information on the workshop and details of how to register please 
    click here.

     
  • VPMA seeks new Board members

    Are you interested in influencing the strategy and direction of the company?  If so, read on ....

     
  • Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation

    12 steps to take now .... (click here)

     
  • 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.

     

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BVA promotes guidance as survey reveals over half of farm vets injured at work

The British Veterinary Association (BVA)  is urging all vets, veterinary employers and farmers to read and act on its Farm Health and Safety guide and information leaflets as BVA’s Spring 2015 Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey reveals that over half of vets (53%) working with production animals on farms have suffered injuries in the last twelve months. The figures are released to coincide with the start of Farm Safety Week (6-10 July).

Read more: BVA promotes guidance as survey reveals over half of farm vets injured at work

   

RCVS News

RCVS news: RCVS to host PSS Awards Ceremony at BVNA Congress in October

Read more: RCVS News

   

VPMA Member Val takes Practice Manager of the Year award for the second time!

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VPMA member and Practice Manager of Blacks Vets in Dudley, West Midlands, Valerie Marsh, was crowned Practice Manager of the Year at this year’s Petplan awards in April – having taken the title in 2006 as well! Val who has been a member of VPMA for 13 years, was hailed as a passionate, positive force for the practice and someone with a soft exterior but a steely determination to get things done. Responsible for managing over 90 people between the 5 branches of the award-winning practice (they also took the title of Best UK Vet 2015 in the VetHelpDirect.com Independent Vet Reviews Awards) Val put her win down to actively encouraging communication within the practice.


Val was in a final-3 line-up, all VPMA members, which included Council Member and Editor of Practice Life magazine Ian Wolstenholme, from Ian McConnell Veterinary Practice in Lancashire, and Mandy Williams from Pets Barn Veterinary Group in Gloucestershire. Val was presented with her award by VPMA Senior Vice-President Helen Sanderson to a loud cheer from members of her team who attended the glittering ceremony, including partners Simon Gubbins and Brian Hogan.

We hope to feature an interview with Val in a future issue of Practice Life, so watch this space for tips from someone who has definitely unlocked the recipe for success several times over!

   

Stress Management for Productive Practice - 18th March 2015

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Stress Management for Productive Practice

SPVS and VPMA in partnership with Zoetis and Royal Canin will run a one day course on Stress management on 18th March at Staverton Park, Daventry. Caroline Crowe will describe techniques and skills to combat the impact of stress at work and build resilience. This course will be of benefit to anyone who feels their working environment is more stressful than it should be or who wants to improve the working environment for those they work with.

Read more: Stress Management for Productive Practice - 18th March 2015

   

Support for Practice Managers through VPMA Member Assistance Programme

Veterinary practice managers are now able to access help for themselves and their families through a new Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) member benefit. The new VPMA Member Assistance Programme was created to fill a needs gap for managers with somewhere to go for help on a range of issues from personal to professional. The programme, provided via Health Assured, provides a 24 hour confidential helpline for VPMA members, backed up by a Wellness portal where they can access range of support tools.

Read more: Support for Practice Managers through VPMA Member Assistance Programme

   

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