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  • 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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  • BSAVA launches online resource bank to build practice expertise

    Vets can develop their practices’ professional and business skills including integration of new graduates, with a flexible online resource from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA).

    Newly qualified vets and their employers will find the BSAVA Professional Development Phase (PDP) Resource Bank particularly useful when it is launched on May 24.

    The resource will help the whole practice – from supporting and appraising new graduates, to coaching and mentoring staff teams – all aimed at developing an ethos of reflective learning and continuous professional development (CPD) alongside veterinary expertise.

    There will be materials to help staff members understand the organisation, management and economic pressures of practice, their responsibilities as employees, and building strong communication skills across the business.

    The BSAVA PDP resource bank provides CPD support matched directly to the RCVS PDP competences, allowing members to pick and choose those most appropriate to their professional development. They include webinars, podcasts, videos, PDFs and web links, with accessible timings from 15 to 90 minutes.

    The content is reviewed by committee and there will be ongoing development of new resources – including employer specific resources for practices supporting new graduates.

    BSAVA President Susan Dawson said: “This exciting and easily accessible resource puts continuous professional development at the heart of veterinary practice, helping everyone to meet the changing demands of delivering 21st century veterinary medicine,” she said.

    “Whether you’re an employer supporting a newly qualified graduate in your practice, a new or recent graduate starting out, returning to work after a break, or simply wanting to refresh your professional or clinical skills, we believe the support within these pages will be a welcome addition.”

    Kate King, BSAVA Education Manager, said: “We understand the many challenges of beginning your first job; everything is new and knowing where to turn for help can be difficult. At university undergraduates are expected to focus on the technical skills and knowledge of veterinary science, rather than areas more focused on the practice business, customer care and team-building, such as so-called ‘soft skills’ like emotional intelligence and strong communication.

    “Equally, vets in practice may have to prioritise the effective management of a practice’s workload ahead of taking extra time to help newly qualified vets find their feet.”

    For more information visit www.bsava.com

     
  • Volunteer vets – 4 in 5 vets give up time to work with animal charities and rehoming centres

    As this year’s extended Volunteers’ Week (1 – 12 June) kicks off, the British Veterinary Association is shining a spotlight on the majority of veterinary surgeons in the UK - more than 4 in 5 (84%) -  who give their time and veterinary expertise at a reduced rate, while more than 2 in 5 work unpaid with animal charities and rehoming centres to treat thousands of abandoned, mistreated or injured animals each year.

    The charitable contributions that vets make to assist animals are highlighted today with results drawn from the Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), which asked vets about the arrangements they have with charities. The results show that across the UK: 

    • 72% have formal arrangements with charities to provide veterinary services at a reduced fee with the figure rising to 84% when including less formal set-ups
    • 43% of vets do unpaid work for animal charities or other animal welfare organisations

    Charitable activities vary from practice to practice and vets and vet nurses often work with local animal rehoming centres and national animal charities to provide a range of pro bono or reduced fee services, such as health checking, medicating and treating, neutering and vaccinating.

    • Many vets and vet nurses give up their time providing veterinary care at animal rescue and rehoming centres to improve the health and welfare of animals in need, ranging from treating injured wildlife to caring for abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats.
    • Many veterinary practices provide veterinary advice to homeless people and those in housing crisis, and care for their dogs as part of the Dogs Trust Hope Project. Vets also support other projects, such as the Freedom Project, which temporarily fosters animals belonging to families fleeing domestic violence.
    • Overbreeding of cats and dogs contributes to thousands of unwanted and neglected pets each year. Vets help reduce the numbers and help improve animal welfare by teaming up with charities, some of which provide neutering vouchers to owners on limited incomes. 
    • Over 300 veterinary practices undertake work for the veterinary charity PDSA, providing treatment to animals of owners on means-tested benefits. The scheme ensures some of the most disadvantaged people in society can access veterinary treatment to keep their pets healthy.
    • Vets never turn away an un-owned or wild animal needing emergency treatment. The RSPCA and BVA recognise the essential role vets play with the Initial Emergency Treatment (IET) scheme. When a member of the public finds a sick or injured stray or wild animal, vets will always provide necessary treatment, and may receive a charitable contribution towards the cost of that treatment, for instance through the RSPCA IET scheme.
    • Many vets volunteer overseas, from rabies control programmes in India and Africa, and animal sanctuaries in Goa, to horse and donkey welfare in The Gambia and treating stray animals in Greece.

    Commenting, BVA President Sean Wensley, said:
    “Behind these statistics are countless stories of veterinary teams – who already often work long, demanding hours – giving their time for free to support animal rescue staff and charities to care for abandoned, injured and neglected animals, as well as help owners to keep and care for much loved animals in times of hardship and crisis. The UK’s network of animal charities and rehoming centres do a fantastic job protecting wild and domestic animals each year.

    “Animal welfare legislation is clear that animal keepers and owners are responsible for meeting their animals’ needs, and prospective animal owners must be aware of the cost and time commitment involved in animal ownership. But we appreciate people’s circumstances can change and that vets volunteering their time and expertise contributes not only to animal health and welfare but also to human wellbeing and our communities.”

     

Position Vacant

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The Hyperthyroid Cat Centre is looking to recruit a Practice Manager for our fast-growing business

We provide the specialised, gold-standard treatment of radio-iodine for the treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats and are actively expanding in the UK.

The key competencies required are;

- Adaptability – we work in a fast-changing environment as we grow
- Organisation – of people, processes and technology
- Attention to detail – the details matter to us and we need someone with the same mindset
- A pro-active approach – we are a busy practice and need people who get it done
- Communication skills – effective internal and external communication is vital to our success
- Client service – our clients are at the centre of all we do
- Business acumen – to make sound, rational, thought through decisions
- Team player – we are a small team but growing – we need people who fit in and can bring out the best in others
- Judgement – to make sound decisions each and every day

We are looking for candidates who have the following skills;

- Administration – you will be responsible for the smooth administration of the office(s) within the practice
- Accounting – you will be responsible for the entry and management of our accounting system
- HR – you will ensure HR processes are followed and develop them as required
- Health and Safety – you will be responsible for the Health and Safety administration and concordance throughout the practice (excluding work with radiation)
- Information Technology – you will be responsible for the infrastructure of the practice and ensuring it remains fit for purpose.
- Other areas as required

We offer an excellent package to the right candidate and are seeking someone with previous experience in the veterinary or other clinical environments. The role will be based in our head office in Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

Applications or informal enquiries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

Veterinary Practice Manager Vacancy

Haven Vets Ltd has been providing dedicated small animal care for over 35 years.

Haven Vets is a small animal practice with a friendly team of five vets, five nurses and twelve support staff. We currently have four surgeries expanding to five in August 2016 within the Llanelli and surrounding area of South West Wales. Our main branch is situated in the centre of Llanelli and conducts all the surgery at present. We are currently in the process of improving our excellent facilities and enhancing our services for our clients.

We are an independent, locally run business and are working hard to develop the business, grow our client base and improve our facilities, whilst at the same time continuing to provide professional, dedicated and personable care to all animals and clients. We are looking for an energetic and dynamic person to manage and improve the practice even further. The role requires a mixture of HR, finance and business management, marketing and advertising, facilities management and IT.

The challenge is to manage the daily routine running of the business and to increase performance and job satisfaction, and ultimately increase the profitability of the practice. Working closely with the Head Receptionist, Head Nurse and Office Manager in addition with the Directors. The job requires someone who is ready to question the status quo, look for improvements, control costs, and set achievable but stretching targets for team members.

The qualities we are looking for are as follows:

• A good understanding of finance and business management and an ability to collate, analyse and understand key financials and sales information.
• Experience in managing and motivating small teams is essential. To have the ability to engage with, and build effective working relationships.
• To identify the need for change, suggest initiatives and drive improvements.
• Enthusiasm, energy and determination to accomplish projects and achieve goals.
• Ability to look at problems from a tactical and strategic perspective.
• Sales/marketing experience and an ability to set monitor and review sales targets.
• Strong initiative and will to succeed, coupled with a pragmatic and flexible approach.
• Thorough understanding of customer care.
• Good up-to-date IT skills and a working knowledge of IT networks, especially Microsoft Word and Excel.

• Understanding and implementation of health and safety in small businesses.
• Experience of veterinary practice is NOT essential - applicants from other areas are encouraged.

Salary offered:

Competitive salary depending on experience and qualifications. Typical working hours are 40 hours per week, 8.30am – 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays.

What to do next:

Please call or email Susanne Ackroyd for further details.
Name of contact: Miss Susanne Ackroyd (Director)
Practice address: Haven Vets Ltd. 1, James St, Llanelli. SA15 1DU.
Telephone/email: 01554 772097 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   

Practice Manager Required - Andover, Hampshire

Foxcotte Veterinary Group in Andover, have a vacancy for a Full Time Practice Manager.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a team player to support and manage the daily running of our 8 vet practice in Charlton, Andover.  You will also provide day to day support for our branch surgeries in Ludgershall and Whitchurch.

You need to be an organised individual with excellent people skills and someone who understands the importance of great customer service and be an experienced team leader who enjoys motivating and helping others to reach their full potential. We are looking for someone to help continue to inspire our team to reach even higher standards of clinical and customer care across all 3 of our sites.

Your role will include implementing and maintaining protocols and procedures for the efficient operation of the practice.

Veterinary clinical knowledge and proven experience in this environment is preferred, but we will consider applicants who have worked in similar roles in other industries.

You will be working alongside a dynamic team of vets, nurses and receptionists, reporting to the group Directors.

In return for your dedication, you will be supported by a tight knit and experienced management team with mutual support. Management training and development will be provided for you.

Pension
Staff benefits and much more
Salary commensurate with experience

All applications and CV’s please send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Debbie Poston on 0121 506 6706 for more information.

   

Group Practice Manager Required - South Yorkshire

We are an independent small but expanding Yorkshire group with three state of the art newly built successful practices in the vibrant towns of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

We are seeking a talented and ambitious individual in the role of Group Practice Manager on a full time basis for all three sites.

You must be an enthusiastic and highly organised person with an emphasis on excellent communication skills. Previous experience in veterinary practice management is essential, a practice management qualification is an advantage but not essential.

The successful candidate will report directly to and be closely supported by the two partners and will lead, organise and motivate the teams in all three practices. You will be responsible for eight vets and approx 20 nurses as well as current lay staff.

Duties include senior management, as well as administrative tasks in all areas. You will be responsible for overseeing most aspects of the day to day running of the practices including staff management, training, administration and financial performance.

Good IT/computer skills are required as are a good understanding of all finance and business management.

We have the benefit of the use of a professional Accounts department of an associated organisation which takes responsibility for most aspects of accounting, management reports, wages/payroll plus the full back up of a professional Human Resources department.

You will also be assisted by a full time experienced Practice Administrator.

All this will help to reduce time spent on routine administration tasks and allow you to concentrate on the important management tasks.

We will expect you to play a major role and have a significant influence on the future development and direction of The Pet Vet business.

5 weeks holiday, CPD actively encouraged and paid for.

£40,000-£45,000 depending on experience and ability.

Please apply in writing with CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post to Jane Hilton, Human Resources, The Pet Vet, Century House, 1275 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Leeds LS15 8ZB.
For more details contact Paul Bromley on 01226 297125 or email
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Practice Manager Required - Stocksbridge

vets4pets

We are seeking an energetic and enthusiastic Practice Manager to open our brand new practice inside Pets at Home in Stocksbridge, which opens on 13th October 2016.  Our bright, spacious, air-conditioned surgery is purpose built to industry leading standards and has state of the art equipment including digital X-ray and in-house laboratory facilities. 

This role will include the following:-

  • Providing leadership to the team and being the point of contact between the practice and Head Office
  • Day to day management of the practice team including organising rotas and team training
  • Leading the whole team to deliver the best possible customer journey
  • Ensuring the team are fully updated with surgery promotions
  • Networking with local charities and organisations to develop working relationships
  • Identifying and developing marketing initiatives to attract new clients to the surgery
  • Ensuring regular updates are communicated to the team
  • Working with the nursing team to identify additional nursing opportunities such as nurse clinics
  • Ensuring the client database is updated and efficient at all times
  • Review business performance reports and identify opportunities
  • Inducting and training new team members
  • Set and review colleague performance standards


We are looking for the ideal candidate who wants to put pets first; do what they say they will do; work well as part of the team; get better every day; take pride in their work and to have fun!  The successful candidate will be a self-starter, have strong team management and organisational skills with previous experience of managing people, arranging rotas, completing colleague appraisals and setting goals, with a strong commercial understanding and proven track record of improving profit and loss of the practice. 


The successful candidate will have excellent communication and administration skills and a strong customer service focus. Ideally you will have worked within veterinary practice before, ideally with staff management and budget responsibilities.  You will work with a clinical team who are very passionate about our clients, therefore imperative that you appreciate what it takes deliver first class customer service.


As you would expect from the market leader in small animal veterinary care
we offer a supportive and friendly working environment together with career development opportunities and an excellent package and benefits that includes; competitive salary, CPD allowance and exclusive company discounts and rewards - including 20% off at Pets at Home, Ride away, The Groom Room and the Vet Group.


If you share our passion for delivering outstanding pet healthcare and great customer service and would like to join our fantastic team, then we would love to hear from you.


To apply please visit https://careers.myvetpractice.co.uk/registration.aspx

   

Practice Manager Required - Keighley

£40,000 - £45,000 depending on skills

Aireworth Vets is an independent veterinary practice made up of 14 Vets and a large team of support, nursing, reception and administrative staff. Our practice is divided into separate small and large animal departments and several teams integrate to make us what we are. Based from our veterinary hospital setting in Keighley, with a soon to open branch and plans to open more, we are a diverse, progressive business with a long history of providing excellent veterinary care.

We are currently seeking a business focused and driven individual to join us as a Practice Manager. This role is integral to the delivery of excellent service to our varied client base and to bring together the vision of the partners and staff. This role will cover all aspects of HR management within the practice including the management and motivation of teams; the organisation, chairing and minuting of meetings and the coordination and facilitation of the various departments within the practice acting as a central point of liaison and contact for staff, line managers and partners. You will be expected to have excellent IT skills, prepare accounting reports for analysis, implement growth strategies and drive the business to achieving goals.

Ideally the successful candidate will have veterinary practice management experience but this is not essential provided that you are commercially driven and have excellent people skills. You will have strong HR knowledge including HR / employment law and procedures / best practice and can approach situations with enthusiasm, passing this onto colleagues. Experience of business accounting and accounting software packages such as Quickbooks is a requirement with knowledge of pension and payroll processing and management.

We are looking for a dedicated individual who can hit the ground running and has a desire to work in a professional yet friendly organisation.

Candidates may contact Carla Greenwood on 01943 467766 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   

Practice Manager Required - Ashby Veterinary Group

Due to the planned retirement of our current practice manager in March next year we are looking for a new face to start in the next few months to allow a shadowing or training period of up to 6 months. Taking full control of the helm in March 2017.

We are a busy three branch, nine vet, Teir II small animal practice with a total of 25 staff, centred round Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire.

The successful candidate will need energy and enthusiasm, good interpersonal skills and a drive to further develop and improve the practice. We are likely to be looking to apply for Hospital status at some point within the next 12 months.

The position will require candidates to have abilities in HR, financial and business management, client relations and marketing. You will also need a working knowledge of Sage.

Qualifications in HR, L&M or CVPM would be highly valued.

Salary package negotiable and dependant on experience.

Please contact Laurence Brown on 07860 149669 for further details or email CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   

Practice Support Manager - Doncaster

Island Vet Group in Balby, Doncaster, have a vacancy for a Practice Support Manager.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a team player to support and manage the daily running’s of our 5.5 vet practice in Doncaster.  You will also provide day to day support for our branch surgery in Rotherham.

You need to be an organised individual with excellent people skills and someone who understands the importance of great customer service and an experienced team leader who enjoys motivating and helping others to reach their full potential.

Veterinary clinical knowledge and proven experience in this environment is preferred, but we will consider applicants who have worked in similar roles in other industries.

You will be working alongside a dynamic team of vets, nurses and receptionists, reporting to the group practice manager and clinical director.

Approximate 25 – 30 hours per week.
Pension
Staff benefits and much more
Salary commensurate with experience

All applications please send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call me on 07702333522 for more info

   

VPMA Regional Organisers Required

One of the key areas of the VPMA is its regional activity, so that we can try to bring networking opportunities and CPD to members (and non-members) across the whole of the UK.

In order for us to continue developing this regional structure, we do require the assistance of our members, in terms of assisting us by co-ordinating and hosting regional meetings.

We are particularly keen to try and find Regional Organisers who would be willing to hold such meetings in the Yorkshire, East Midlands, East Anglia and London regions.  However, if you live in an area that isn’t covered by our current Regional Organisers, and you feel there is a need for regional meetings, then we would like to hear from you as well.

Please see “the role of a regional organiser”.  If you would like to consider becoming a Regional Organiser, please contact the VPMA Secretariat. 

We do hope that you can assist us in continuing to develop the VPMA’s regional structure.

Please Note: This is a voluntary role and you must be a VPMA Member.