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  • Welcome to the website of the Veterinary Practice Management Association, VPMA
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  • 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 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 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.

  • VPMA comments on 2016 Budget

    17th March 2016



           Chancellor “giveth and then taketh away…”

    VPMA, the professional association for veterinary practice managers and anyone with an interest in veterinary business, has issued a statement on the 2016 Budget and how it may affect veterinary practices and pet owners.

    Budget summary:


    George Osborne's eighth Budget speech came at a time of growing economic uncertainty.

    The Office for Budget Responsibility has revised down its growth forecast for 2016 from 2.4 per cent to 2.2 per cent and the Chancellor warned that the global economic outlook is weak.

    Despite these challenges the government is committed to achieving a budget surplus in 2019/20.

    Against this backdrop, the Chancellor promised a budget that "puts the next generation first".


    VPMA’s view:

    How does the 2016 Budget stack up for veterinary practices operating in the current generation? Weak global growth forecasts are always a bit gloomy; however, historically the UK veterinary industry has withstood fluctuations in the global economies in a robust manner, and the plannedpersonal allowance increase from £11,000 in 2016/17 to £11,500 in 2017/18 presents an opportunity as people find a little extra change in their pockets to fund “affordable treats” for themselves and their pets.

    Slightly less sunny for pet owners and practices alike is the increase in insurance premium tax (IPT) from 9.5% to 10%. Although seemingly a small percentage increase, in actuality this will noticeably increase the cost of all insurance policies, and reduce clients’ disposable income. It will add significantly to practice premises and professional indemnity insurance policies, and the increase in pet policy premiums may put insurance cover out of reach for a larger share of our pet-owning market – with implications for both practice profitability and animal welfare.

    In business terms, a few bones have been thrown our way in terms of corporation tax reduction with an additional 2% reduction for April 2020 (17%) being added to the already planned reduction to 19% from 20% on 1 April 2017, and several adjustments to the small business rate relief in England from April 2017, offering benefits to those with rateable values below £51,000. Particularly benefitting are those with rateable values less than £15,000. However, beware the Director who rubs his or her hands at the prospect of less Corporation Tax as the significant imminent increases in dividend taxation may see the Chancellor “giveth and then taketh away…”



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Want to boost your qualifications?

The Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM) is the VPMA's flagship award. 



The qualification is open to anyone working or aspiring to work in veterinary practice management. Assessment is by examination, taking place in November each year. Find out more about the exam and the award by watching our CVPM webinar here



The VPMA is supporting 

Vet Festival 2016 on June 3rd & 4th!


And you can get a 10% discount using your member code.

The two day fun CPD meeting includes a management and motivation stream with speakers Ernie Ward and Brian Faulkner. Don't miss it!

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SAGE Training Days -FREE for VPMA members!

 If you work with SAGE, you won't want to miss this full day training roadshow with SAGE expert Debby Gatehouse. The day will cover processing auto-enrolment, debtor reconciliation with your PMS and more. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Numbers are limited so early booking is advisable.  

26th MAY Uxbridge

9th JUNE Wendover

22nd JUNE Wilmslow

6th JULY Sevenoaks

Keep Updated with our Lunchtime Management Updates! A series of 30min webinars for VPMA members

Coming Up:

June (Date TBC) New microchip regulations

July 12th Preventing and Managing Problematic Clients, Alan Robinson, Vet Dynamics

VPMA members have free access to all past webinars in the members section of the website, along with CPD certificates. See the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a full list of past talks.  



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with an interest in practice management,
whatever their role in practice.