The Veterinary Practice Management Association is delighted that one of its members, Sharon Lane-Kieltyka from the Shepton Veterinary Group in Somerset, was awarded the prestigious title of Practice Manager of the Year at the recent Petplan Veterinary Awards. Along with her trophy, Sharon won a year’s free membership of the association, with subsidised CPD and regional support, access to the active e-group and forums and other member benefits.
Sharon was keen to acknowledge the team effort that went into her achievement, “When I found out I had been nominated I was in shock because to me I was just doing my job. To then be shortlisted was very humbling especially when I realised how many people had actually nominated me. The actual winning of the award was the icing on the cake. This award is not just recognition for what I have done but what the practice team as a whole has achieved over the last couple of years. I feel very proud to work for Shepton Vets and am extremely grateful for the support I get from staff and directors alike. Hopefully in the future there will be more awards to come for other members of the practice!”
Sharon received her accolade at the Petplan Awards in Birmingham last week from past President Pauline Graham who was part of the judging panel. Pauline commented, “Sharon is a very deserving winner – and it’s so lovely that she’s been rewarded for her hard work behind the scenes in running her practice. VPMA is very much about supporting and learning from one another, and the association looks forward to hearing more from Sharon on best management practice.”
Photo: Sharon Lane-Kieltyka with VPMA president Helen Sanderson
VPMA and SPVS will be returning to Celtic Manor Resort for their 2015 Congress which will be held on 23rd and 24th January.
This follows the success of the 2014 event attended by over 400 vets and managers and 62 sponsors and exhibitors. This is now the largest veterinary Management Congress in the UK and the very positive feedback from all who attended this year make it likely to sell out early for 2015.
The lecture programme will include a dedicated Equine Management stream and a further stream focusing on mental health and work related stress which proved so successful this year In addition, there will be a focus on ‘client care’ with lectures concentrating on every step in the client journey .
SPVS President, Colin Thomson is particularly keen that Congress should champion individuals in practice:
‘Working as a vet, a manager, nurse or receptionist in practice can be very rewarding. But at times it can also be very stressful. I’d like Congress to help equip managers and owners with the skills and the tools to help them make life that little bit better for those they are responsible for.’
Helen Sanderson, who will be VPMA President for a second year, would like to build on the success of the Equine stream she launched last year:
‘Equine practices face very distinctive management problems and I wasn’t convinced we were doing as much as we could to address these. I was bowled over by the response to our Equine stream at this year’s event and look forward to welcoming even more equine vets and managers in 2015.’
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