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  • VPMA welcomes in new president, Renay Rickard

    The VPMA is delighted to announce that Renay Rickard, Practice Manager at Kernow Vet Group in Cornwall, was inaugurated as president during the VPMA-SPVS Joint Congress on Saturday, 30th January. Renay took over the reins from now-past-president Howard Brown, during a ceremony on the second morning of congress. Renay has been a long-standing member of VPMA and has served on the Board for 3 years. Much of her time has been spent overseeing the regional VPMA groups, which directly support the members with CPD and networking. Renay is group practice manager at Kernow Vet Group, Cornwall’s largest independent veterinary practice, where her role involves managing 90 staff members over 4 sites.

    Renay is keen to focus on grass roots during her presidential year. Recognising the enormous changes that the veterinary profession has seen in the last 10 years, she wants to help members be more resilient and proactive in their roles in practice, through providing support and information directly at a regional level but also nationally through VPMA webinars, the joint CPD programme and Congress. 

    Having come into practice management originally through a veterinary nursing background, part of her mission this year will be to encourage more veterinary nurses to follow suit and to consider practice management as a career option. The VPMA is supporting the College of Animal Welfare’s Head Nurse congress this year and Renay is looking forward to presenting to the delegates there on this subject. She also wants to support the career development of existing practice managers through training and sharing insights and perspectives. 

    Another aim is to promote the concept of the management of the practice being the responsibility of every team member. The benefit from this isn’t just to the practice; the team can become be more involved in decisions that affect them, and empowered to help drive change. The subject of mental wellbeing of the practice manager and other senior members of the management team is also close to her heart and she wants to encourage practice staff members to step up to support them too. 

    On behalf of the association, we would like to wish Renay the very best for her presidential year – she is a great asset to the VPMA, and we’ll keep you up to date with her activities through your e-newsletter and Practice Life magazine. We’d also like to thank outgoing president Howard Brown for his hard work and efforts in representing us over the past year, and we’re sure that he’ll continue to be active on the VPMA Board going forward.


  • VPMA/SPVS CPD 2016 Programme Now Available

    We are delighted to make available the 2016 Programme for the VPMA/SPVS Joint CPD.

    Registrations will be open week commencing 18th January, and you can book your place by visiting: www.spvs-vpma-events.co.uk



  • BVA and BVNA response to Defra statement about campaign to protect the title Veterinary Nurse

    The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) have been actively supporting the RCVS' campaign to protect the title Veterinary Nurse. An online petition, launched by RCVS, in support of legislative changes has currently received almost 22,000 signatures and has this week received an official response from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

    Responding to the Defra statement, BVA President Sean Wensley said:

    “Veterinary Nurses are an essential part of the veterinary team and deserve full recognition for their roles. The VN Title campaign has received strong support from across the sector and with MPs, so it is disappointing that Defra has decided not to recommend that Parliament give legal protection to the hard-earned title.

    "Given the current Government’s deregulatory agenda, this response does not come as a surprise yet nor does it signal the end of the campaign. Defra have stated that if this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the Petitions Committee will consider it for a debate. We therefore ask anyone who supports the campaign but has not yet signed the online petition to do so now.

    "In the meantime BVA and BVNA will continue to work with RCVS on the VN Futures project, taking a long-term view on the role of veterinary nurses and seeking to prepare for their future within the profession."

    BVNA President Sam Morgan said:

    "The BVNA are very disappointed to read the Government’s response. We feel that they have overlooked the emotions of the British public towards animal welfare and maintenance of trust within the veterinary profession. With no restriction on the use of the title it is confusing for the general public and for the veterinary profession. We hope that this response increases public awareness of the issues faced. As the representative body for Veterinary Nurses, BVNA will continue to work alongside the RCVS and BVA to raise awareness of this campaign and to encourage anyone who is interested to sign the petition."

    The VN Title petition will be open until 14th February 2016 and can be signed here  http://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106153

  • BVA & BSAVA respond to launch of RSA referrals network

    UK pet insurer RSA has this week launched its preferred referrals network for veterinary treatment, with Tesco Bank and MORE TH>N policy holders being the first to switch to the new requirements.


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


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 Upcoming VPMA Meetings

Look out for our SAGE training meetings. More details soon....


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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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VPMA and SPVS Combined CPD 

A jam-packed programme of CPD taking place around the country on various topics. Special rate for VPMA members

2nd MAR First and Last Impressions: Make your reception area count!


Milton Keynes


Click here for more details

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

Coming Up:

25th FEB The Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management: What it is, and how you do it.

16th MARCH The team approach to the RCVS Complaints Procedure

APRIL (Date TBC) Auto-enrolment

Details from VPMA Secretariat.




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