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  • 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.”

  • Vets stride out with Pride for the first time

    Vets from across the UK will be formally part of the Pride in London Parade for the first time this year, when the recently formed British Veterinary LGBT+ (BVLGBT+) group and supporters stride out with other Pride Parade groups on Saturday 25 June.

    Vet Mat Hennessey started the group after noticing a medics banner at the Pride in London Parade last year and realising that there was a need for representation and support for the LGBT+ community amongst vets. BVLGBT+ is open to anyone who wants to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights within the veterinary professions, whether studying or working, and since its launch in late 2015 it already has 430 members. Officers of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), including the President Sean Wensley, will join BVLGBT+ at the Parade.

    Mr Hennessey said:

    “Seeing that banner brought to the fore something that I had been aware of for some time – the need for a visible and supportive community for veterinary surgeons and nurses, practice managers and other colleagues who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and the colleagues who want to support us and promote equality. The launch of BVLGBT+ last year and our first AGM in April of this year are landmarks. But joining the Pride Parade really puts LGBT+ vets on the map. We are delighted to be part of this celebration of the LGBT+ community and its friends.

    “However, as we join together for the Pride in London Parade, we would also like to include in spirit vets who may be working in remote, rural regions, without a LGBT+ community to plug into as this can be a lonely and isolating experience. Our message to these colleagues is – ‘We are here for you too, ready to listen and to support you.’”

    Sean Wensley BVA President commented:

    “BVA is proud to have supported BVLGBT+ in its inaugural year and to be walking with our LGBT+ colleagues in the Pride Parade. This is an important moment for the profession as a whole, as well as our LGBT+ colleagues, showing the world that the veterinary profession is one that is open, diverse and supportive.”


Position Vacant

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Veterinary Practice Manager Required - Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Ridings Equine Vets is currently recruiting for a full-time Practice Manager to join our team. We are a rapidly growing equine veterinary practice situated in Darrington, West Yorkshire.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day running of the practice ensuring a high level of service is provided.

Previous management experience is essential with proven experience of leading and managing people. Excellent interpersonal and administration skills are required as well as strong IT and HR skills.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Please visit www.ridingsequinevets.co.uk/blog for a full job description.

Apply in writing with CV and covering letter to Jenny Staddon, Ridings Equine Vets: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Closing date Friday 8th July 2016


Veterinary Practice Manager Required - Epsom, Surrey

Ark Vets is an independent high spec 2 vet practice which opened in Epsom in Jan 2007 and are now looking for their first Practice Manager. The ethos of the practice is to offer the best treatment options available at an affordable cost, staffed by people with genuine compassion and a deep love of animals.

After years of dealing with both the clinical and the business side of the practice, the founder Sinead would like to be able to spend more time doing what is closest to her heart, and so needs an enthusiastic and capable team leader to help move the business side on to the next level. We pride ourselves on our clinical excellence and this is an unique opportunity for someone like minded on the business side to join our team and propel us all into the next decade.

Applicants must have excellent interpersonal and administration skills along with sound IT and HR ability. Previous veterinary experience is not essential, but proven ability to manage people and processes is required. Position would be suitable for part time for the right candidate. Apply by sending a CV with a covering letter to Sinead at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Practice Manager Wanted New Forest Area

Practice Manager required for busy independent 2 branch veterinary practice based in Totton but travel to Lyndhurst as required. Applicants will need good organisational and administrative skills, be able to multi task, be adaptable and have good interpersonal skills. Key areas will be in personnel, health and safety, bespoke computer software management, financial analysis and an ability to learn and assist the directors with veterinary legislation. Some veterinary experience is desirable but not essential. Salary dependent upon experience.

For more information and to apply for this position please send application letter and CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Closing date 1st July 2016


Veterinary Operations Manager – Langford Veterinary Services Ltd

(Please note: this vacancy was previously advertised as Clinical Operations Manager)

Langford Veterinary Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Bristol and is a group of customer focused veterinary businesses which provide an extensive range of specialist capabilities and a superior quality of care in all our fields.  We have the largest team of American and European Specialists in the South West.  We are members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Practice Standards Scheme reaching the highest recognition available in all areas.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Veterinary Operations Manager to join the team in this new role.  Reporting directly to the CEO of Langford Veterinary Services (LVS), the Veterinary Operations Manager will provide day-to-day operational management of LVS in order to effectively support all core functions of the enterprise across the divisions.  
Working with the Financial Controller of LVS, the role holder will be the point of contact for the divisional managers and direct reports of the CEO (clinical and administrative) and provide guidance and operational direction as necessary. Line management of those reports and strategic oversight of the business remains with the CEO. 
The Veterinary Operations Manager is expected to work independently and has the responsibility and authority to make operational decisions as well as acting as lead on major operational projects. The post is full time and for a fixed term of four (4) years. 
The ideal candidate will have:
•Experience working within a veterinary context
•Experience of working as a Veterinarian 
•Commercial awareness
•High-level management skills across all disciplines
•Good understanding of Health and Safety compliance
•Excellent problem solving skills
•Proven experience in facilitating the delivery of excellent customer service to internal and external customers 
•Strong decision making ability
•The ability to engage with employees across all levels of the business
•The ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with relevant team members and stakeholders
•Excellent communication both externally and internally
•Personable disposition
•Demonstrable leadership skills
For the full job description and to apply please visit our website 

Veterinary Practice Manager: Mixed Practice The Oak Veterinary Group – Pembrokeshire

We are a progressive independent and caring mixed animal veterinary practice situated in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, and we are looking for a Practice Manager to join our team on a full-time basis to manage our four-site well-respected business.

The successful candidate will work alongside the three directors, assisting in the day-to-day management of the practice, ensuring a high level of professional service is delivered at all times.

We are a progressive team, which is aiming to provide top class clinical care at the very heart of our community, and we need great people to join our team to help us realise this vision.

We have a team of 10 FTE dedicated vets along with nurses and support staff committed to animal care of the highest quality for small pets, farm animals and everything in between across our four branches.

Applicants will have strong organisational and team-leading skills, with proven experience of leading and managing people along with goal setting. Excellent interpersonal and administration skills are essential, as well as very strong IT and HR skills along with the ability to problem solve.

Health and Safety, office and premises management and awareness of financial management are also important. A strong sense of customer service is required alongside original and forward-thinking marketing skills.

A flexible, proactive and positive approach is a prerequisite, whilst previous experience in the veterinary sector would be desirable to ensure the effective and efficient running of the group and its staff.

You will be part of a team aiming for high standards of animal and client care and be able to bring fresh perspective and ideas to the company.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

A 37.5 hour week allows plenty of leisure time to enjoy the beauty and amenities of our Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

For further information contact one of the directors of The Oak Veterinary Group on 01437 760111, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a full job description.


Visit our website www.oakvetgroup.co.uk for details of the job and a full job description.

This can be downloaded from http://oakvetgroup.co.uk/practice-manager-job-description/

Closing date: Friday 1st July 2016


Veterinary Practice Manager

Edgewood Veterinary Group has been providing exceptional veterinary care since the 1940's.

The group is a progressive small animal practice with a friendly team of eight vets, eight nurses and twelve support staff. We currently have four surgeries located in Essex. Our main facility has recently had a state-of-the-art rebuild and we now offer even better services to our clients and an outstanding work environment to our staff. This is the most modern and best equipped veterinary surgery in the local area, providing excellent opening hours for our clients.

Due to our continued growth, we are looking for an energetic and dynamic person to manage and improve the practice even further. The role is a mixture of HR, finance and business management, marketing and advertising, facilities management and IT.

The challenge is to combine all these aspects of business to increase performance and job satisfaction, improve retention, and ultimately increase the profitability of the practice. This is likely to need someone who is ready to question the status quo, look for improvements, control costs, and set achievable but stretching targets for team members.

Specifically we would like:

• HR experience in managing teams across different sites (a CIPD qualification may be beneficial). Experience of veterinary practice is NOT essential - applicants from other areas are encouraged.
• Record of managing sales/marketing in a professional environment and monitoring sales targets.
• Ability to collate, analyse and understand key financials and sales information.
• Good up-to-date IT skills and a working knowledge of IT networks.
• Familiarity with government legislation relating to running a business in a safe and compliant manner.

• Ability to engage with, and motivate a team, and build effective working relationships.
• Negotiation skills and ability to manage in an open and consultative manner.
• Excellent organisational and planning skills - detailed, methodical and time conscious.
• Ability to look at problems from a tactical and strategic perspective.
• Ability to identify the need for change, suggest initiatives and drive improvements.
• Strong initiative and will to succeed, coupled with a pragmatic and flexible approach.

• Commercial focus but dedication to providing a first-class customer service experience.
• Ability to bring energy and enthusiasm to any situation and to always act with honesty and integrity.

Note: To qualify for this position you must be eligible to work in the UK.

Salary offered: Competitive salary of £34,000 - £40,000, depending on experience and qualifications. Typical working hours are 40 hours per week, 8.30am – 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays. This position requires some flexibility and may include occasional weekend work.

What to do next:

Please call or email Jürgen Theinert for further details. In particular, we would encourage you to read the full job description. This can be downloaded from URL http://www.edgewoodvets.co.uk/PositionsVacant1554.html

Name of contact: Mr Jürgen Theinert (Director)

Practice address: Edgewood Veterinary Group Ltd, Chelmsford Road, Purleigh, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 6QR

Telephone/email: 01621 828445 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: www.edgewoodvets.co.uk
Closing date: 30th June 2016


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.