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  • RCVS Strategic Plan 2017/19

    Leadership, innovation and culture change focus for three-year strategic plan

    The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has published its Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2019, with a focus on developing leadership within the veterinary professions, encouraging innovation, and further extending a learning culture as a counter to the ‘blame’ culture that exists in some parts of the profession.

    The Strategic Plan was developed throughout the course of 2016 with input from a number of stakeholders including RCVS Council and Veterinary Nurses Council, key committees and College staff. Most importantly, the evidence for change came from the wide and deep consultations that took place within Vet Futures, the joint RCVS and British Veterinary Association project that aims to help the veterinary profession prepare for and shape its future.

    This process led to the development of five key ambitions for the next three years:

    • Learning culture: to establish the extent to which a ‘blame’ culture exists in the veterinary professions, the role that the RCVS may play in it, the impact it may have on the welfare of vets, veterinary nurses, owners and their animals, and how we can move towards a culture that has a greater focus on learning and personal development.

    • Leadership and innovation: to become a Royal College with leadership and innovation at its heart, and support this creatively and with determination.

    • Continuing to be a First-rate Regulator: continuing to build on the foundations that have already been laid, we will work to ensure that the legislation and regulations that support us are not only fit for purpose today, but enable us to make the UK veterinary professions, and those allied professionals who work alongside them, the best that they can be into the future.

    • Global reach: in part a response to Brexit and the need to be more externally-facing but with an emphasis to improve animal health and welfare on an international basis by raising veterinary standards overseas, contributing to the One Health agenda and ensuring that our regulation keeps pace in a global market.

    • Our service agenda: to continue to build on our service agenda to ensure that people not only find interactions with us to be efficient and fair, but seek out and take up opportunities to engage further.

    Nick Stace, RCVS CEO, said: “The hallmark of our 2014 to 2016 Strategic Plan was getting the basics right by clarifying our identity, improving our core functions, setting out our service agenda and strengthening our foundations. The plan gave us a firm foundation to build upon and improved levels of confidence in the College from stakeholders which has allowed us to be more ambitious and outward-looking with this new plan.

    “Within the new plan there are challenging ambitions and stretching objectives that address some of the big issues affecting the veterinary team, whether that’s playing a more global role post-Brexit, the importance of embracing new technology, or the pressing need to consider culture change within the profession to ensure it continues to grow and learn.

    “I would ask each member of the profession to take a look at the Strategic Plan and I am very happy to receive comments and feedback on the plan by email at nick@rcvs.org.uk.”

    To download the Strategic Plan please visit www.rcvs.org.uk/publications

  • VPMA / SPVS Congress 2017

    Join us at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport from the 26th to 28th January 2017.

    From behaviour economics to the ultimate front of house experience; resilience to understanding mindsets; practical H&S to managing social media, with speakers from home and abroad; within and outside the profession - you don't want to miss this event.

    Incorporating the New to Management Stream: whether you're a head nurse, a lead vet in a clinical role, an administrator or client care team leader, you probably have some management elements to your job; or are you moving into management but finding it a bit daunting?  This stream is pitched at introductory level.

    For full details about Congress, click here.

  • Video now available of RCVS Day guest speaker, Dr Adam Little

    The presentation made by Dr Adam Little, guest speaker at this year’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Day, is now available on the RCVS YouTube channel. In his talk, ‘Digital Veterinary Practice’, Dr Little, President of Exponential Vet Inc., discussed how evolving technology could impact upon veterinary medicine and practice.

    RCVS Day, an annual event held this year on 14 July, is made up of the Annual General Meeting and the awards ceremony. It includes the investiture of the new President and Council members, and a guest presentation from a leading veterinary practitioner.

    Dr Little investigated some of the emerging technologies that could be applied to veterinary practice, citing how, for example, every 12-18 months the amount of computing power available for a set price doubles, and how, though there are now about 9bn devices connected to the internet, by 2020 there are expected to be 50bn. Dr Little predicted that more and more of those are going to be worn by animals: to measure reproductive health in farm animals; to track performance in equines; and to monitor behaviour and activity in companion animals.

    Dr Little discussed how there’s already a smart litter box which measures an animal’s habits, an oral pill camera that can take 360 degree photos, 3D printed drugs, and digitised microscopy. By uniting these technologies with increasingly accurate virtual reality technology, he said, long-distance examinations could become a real possibility.

    More specifically in relation to the role of the RCVS, he explored how the profession could be proactive in engaging with these technologies, such as by: using regulation as a mechanism to attract ‘disruptors’ to work alongside the profession; identifying areas of retraining and creating targeted learning opportunities; fostering an entrepreneurial mindset; creating an early-adopter network of practices to foster initial collaboration; and framing industry challenges as targeted problems whose solutions can be crowd-sourced.

    The video of Dr Little’s speech is available on the RCVS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoZhiCAQ2g0

    A video of the event is also available on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqib7vvOhHg

  • Bring Your Dog to Work Day

    There’s just over two weeks until national Bring Your Dog To Work Day - and Britain’s favourite day at the office is again taking the nation by storm.


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Learn | Share | Grow

At the VPMA, our mission is simple: to help you grow your management 
through support, sharing and learning


The VPMA offers membership to all those
with an interest in practice management,
whatever their role in practice.

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Are you moving into management but finding it a bit daunting? Are you a clinical team member taking on some people management responsibilities, and not sure where to start? 


Don't miss this series of 6 introductory-level talks delivered by management experts. From teamwork and appraisals to time management and client communication, this is vital information to help you feel confident in your role.

Open to all - you don't have to be a VPMA member. Buy why not join now, and get them for free!

Online booking is now open! Register at www.events-by-vpma.co.uk



VPMA New to Management Webinar 1 Teamwork: Encouraging Harmony



Self-confessed 'people geek' Deborah Wylie kicks off our New To Management series of webinars on Wednesday 22nd Feb, looking at team harmony, and how to encourage cohesive, supportive team structures.


This was one of the top issues that people said they needed help with in their day-to-day management responsibilities.



You can still join this webinar! 


Read more and register at www.events-by-vpma.co.uk now.



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2017 Forthcoming regional meetings 

Meet your new Regional Organisers! 


We were delighted to have some new organisers come on-board recently.


They are:

Linda Mogford, Wales Region

Rebekka Fiorani, West Midlands

Michelle Southern, Scotland South

Siobhan Park, Kent region

and Jerry Crick, Chiltern Hills



You can read a short piece on each of them here

Our thanks to everyone on our vital regional organiser team!

If you're interested in becoming a regional organiser for your area, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


2017 Lunchtime Management Updates 

Coming up


Your Top 3 Financial Priorities: 28th February 1pm

Join us for a 30 minute brainstorm on your top 3 financial areas of interest, with Riz Akhtar from accountancy firm, RA Accountants. The webinar presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Here's what you asked us to cover:
1. Cost of sales 
2. Inflation 
3. Top 3 tips for good cashflow. 

We'll give each topic 10 minutes to hone down on the essentials, leaving you with some practical advice to take forward in your business.

The Lunchtime Management Updates are FREE to VPMA members. Email the secretariat for more information.