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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.


Position Vacant

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Office Administrator - Vet Practice (Renfrewshire / Scotland)

Vet Practice located in Renfrewshire currently recruiting for an Office administrator to join their hard-working and friendly team.

The ideal candidate will have strong account management and organisational skills. Varied duties including, debt control, insurance claims and wages. Excellent communication skills and a strong customer service focus are also key to the role. We are looking for a driven and confident individual.

Salary based on experience.

To apply please send your CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Closing Date 19/2/16


Mulberry Vets in Suffolk/Essex require a Practice Manager to join their team

We are looking for a practice manager for our friendly and busy Veterinary Group which has practices in Suffolk and Essex. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who enjoys a varied role managing a busy multi-site veterinary group.

This vacancy has arisen due to the growth of the group and would be a great opportunity to carve this role into one of your own. You will be involved in admin duties, payroll, health plans, rotas, HR and plenty more besides working a 35-40 hour week. Above average computer skills needed. Veterinary background not essential but similar managerial experience necessary. You will also require significant experience of working in a customer facing environment.

So for a role where every day is different please send your CV and covering letter now to Debbie Loding at dloding@independentvetcare or call 07702333522 for more information.


VPMA Seeks New Board Members

The VPMA is looking to recruit new Board Members.

To be considered for the position you must:

·         Be a full member of the VPMA
·         Be actively engaged in a management role
·         Have an ability to perform at a strategic level
·         Have a history of achievement that reflects high standards for yourself and for others

The Board is relatively small and highly focussed, and each of its members is thereby able to influence the strategy and direction of the Company.  The skills, knowledge and personal characteristics of the ideal Board Member cover a range of competencies in the areas of leadership, strategy, communications, decision making, representation, sector awareness, team working and self management.

In particular we are currently looking for people with any of the following skills:

·         Project Management
·         Finance
·         Event Management
·         Social Media

Serving on the Board involves members attending up to 5 weekday meetings a year, but members also have an important representational and communications role to play by meeting Association members at national and regional meetings.  Serving on the Board is a voluntary position with paid expenses.

More experienced Board Members may be invited to take on an additional role as chair of a committee or as a member of a working party so there are options for progression.

If you are interested in being involved at a greater level with the VPMA, you are asked to write a statement summarising in not more than 300 words why you wish to be considered, your relevant experience and the contribution you can offer the VPMA.

Please then send your application to:

VPMA Secretariat
76 St Johns Road
Northants  NN15 5AZ

Tel: 07000 782324
Fax: 0870 836 2250
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 19th February 2016


Business Support Manager - Home Based Role

Competitive salary, excellent benefits and a fantastic opportunity for career development.

We currently have two vacancies for the Bournemouth and Manchester regions. This is a home based role and you must live near these regions or be happy to relocate.

Independent Vetcare is the fastest growing Veterinary Group in the UK.  We have come together out of our desire to pool resources, skills and knowledge. We believe in local management and clinical quality is at the heart of everything we do. Our company has strong core values of integrity, loyalty, respect for its staff and clients.  Due to the rapid growth of our group, we need an additional Business Support Manager to join our central support team. This is a key role where you will be responsible for supporting and advising all of the veterinary practices in your area and providing a close link between our Clinical Directors and the central team (finance, marketing, purchasing, HR, property and IT).  You will also be helping new practices integrate successfully into the larger group.

You could be currently working as a Practice Manager, Business Development Manager or you may already be undertaking a similar role in a parallel industry.  With excellent people management and influencing skills you will be involved in recruitment, improving operational performance, helping sites problem-solve and providing them with commercial acumen when required.

We are looking for someone with the following:

•             Experience of vet industry or other similar clinical background

•             Self-motivated and track record of independent working

•             Ability to embrace change and be flexible as the group evolves

•             Experience of management responsibilities

•             Warm communicator with strong people skills

•             Good appreciation of Human Resources and Health & Safety issues

•             Microsoft Excel and Word skills

•             Some flexibility with working hour and this role require’s extensive travel.

Please send your CV and covering letter to Debbie Loding at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Or feel free to call me on 07702333522 for more information


Hospital Manager – Pet Medics Hospital – Worsley, Manchester

A fantastic opportunity for a Hospital Manager has arisen at Pet Medics Veterinary Hospital in Manchester.

Working as part of a new management team, that includes a new Clinical Director and Hub Area Manager. You will be responsible for ensuring the smooth administration and running of a 24/7/365 Hospital that provides 1st opinion, out of hours and referral services to patients and vet practices across Greater Manchester.

In the role, some of your key responsibilities will include:
Managing a diverse team with direct reports that include the; Ambulance Manager, Head Day Nurse, Head Night Nurse & Head Receptionist.
Initiating and driving business improvement activities that positively affect patients & their owners, OOH’s & referral customers and Pet Medics employees.
Supporting the financial management of the Hospital in areas such as budget management, pricing, debt management and CAPEX spend.
Building a culture of performance management and development.
Working alongside the Hub Area Manager and team to support marketing initiatives and oversee facilities and H&S management and compliance for the Hospital site.

To be successful you will be able to demonstrate:
Experience of managing or assistant managing a Hospital or large practice site. This can have been gained in the veterinary, medical (NHS or private practice) or similarly related field.
Knowledge and experience of managing and balancing accounts – such as invoicing and P&L review.
A proven record of managing and developing others.
Experience of managing and implementing business and process improvements.
A passion for delivering the best possible service, support & outcomes for patients, customers and colleagues.

In return, you will receive a comprehensive range of benefits including:
Competitive salary and bonus.
The opportunity to enrol in our industry leading sharesave scheme.
Funded, supported and encouraged CPD.
Company pension scheme.
Generously discounted pet treatments and pet food – including cost price drugs and consumables.
Access to a range of flexible benefits to suit your needs – such as child care vouchers, subsidised gym membership and cycle to work scheme.

We support flexible working within our business and would welcome the opportunity to discuss part-time/flexible working with you.

To apply or find out more, please send your CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 01379 658038.


Practice Manager - Worthing, West Sussex

Practice Manager Required – Grove Lodge Veterinary Group Limited

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a practice manager to join our amazing small animal practice in Worthing. West Sussex.

We operate a 24 hour emergency and critical care hospital (referral and first opinion) plus six clinics between Brighton and Worthing.

We are passionate about client and patient care and pride ourselves on delivering high standards of service.  We have recently been awarded Customer first standard.  You will be joining a supporting management team which include HR and accounts.

The successful candidate must have strong leadership and management skills.

Key skills required are:-

*   Excellent communication skills

*  Ability to work under pressure

*  Strong organisational skills

*  People management

*  Business strategy

*  Problem solving

*  Team Leadership

*  Time management

If you think you fit this description then please send your CV to Michelle McNally on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Practice Manager - Redhill

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our established small animal veterinary practice based in Redhill. Due to our continual growth and success we are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our friendly team as a Practice Manager on a full time basis.

Following a successful year we are looking to expand our team. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with the Practice Partner in growing, improving and managing the business.

The successful candidate will assist the Practice Partner with the day-to-day organisation and management of the practice and ensure a high level of customer service is delivered at all times. The ideal candidate will have good team leading, administrative and organisational skills with previous experience of human resources, finance and business management. Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, a strong customer service focus and a good business sense are also pre-requisites. Some veterinary practice experience is preferable.

We offer a supportive and friendly working environment together with career development opportunities and an excellent salary package and exclusive company benefits and rewards - including 20% off at Pets at Home, The Vet Group, The Groom Room & Ride Away.

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

Please apply via www.careers.myvetpractice.co.uk

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer


Practice/Business Manager– Hampden Veterinary Hospital, Aylesbury

A brilliant opportunity has arisen for a Practice/Business Manager to join our independent 23 vet mixed practice team in the heart of the Chilterns and Aylesbury Vale.

Our dedicated small animal inpatient Hospital is supported by 4 branch surgeries in and around Aylesbury. In addition we have our 4 vet farm dept and 10 vet equine dept, which is supported by a nearby Equine Clinic. Established in 1935 our Practice has an enviable reputation across the region for the ethical and caring service we provide, and after substantial investment and developments over the last 10 years we are looking for someone to help us go forward even further in the future.

Working with our 5 Partners and Practice accountant, you will be responsible for managing the daily running of our highly successful practice, and in particular be proactive in identifying and developing future opportunities across all 3 departments – being able to think outside the box and challenging the status quo is a must for this role. We are therefore looking for someone who can bring strong leadership and management skills and has strong business competencies especially in HR, marketing and finance. We are particularly interested in applicants who have gained experience in these areas from outside the veterinary sector either currently or in the recent past.

A very competitive salary commensurate with experience and the responsibilities of this role is available.

For more information on our Practice please visit us at www.hampdenvets.co.uk

To find out more and apply, please send your CV and covering letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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.