• Congress fund-raiser for charities helping people and animals, VPMA
  • Congress fund-raiser for charities helping people and animals, VPMA
  • Congress fund-raiser for charities helping people and animals, VPMA
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  • CVPM Examination Preparation Workshop

    Are you interested in undertaking the CVPM (Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management)?

    The Certification and Training Committee is holding a FREE information and examination preparation workshop on Wednesday 11th October 2017 in Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

    The CVPM is awarded by the VPMA to individuals who have demonstrated their ability to effectively manage a veterinary practice, hospital or unit.  The CVPM is aimed at both experienced managers who are new to the veterinary industry and members of the veterinary team who are currently working in a management role.  The qualification also provides a benchmark for veterinary employers seeking to employ a new practice manager.

    For more information on the workshop and details of how to register please 
    click here.

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  • CPD: Focus on the Practice Team, Leicester Football Stadium - 11th October

    We’re delighted to be bringing back Robin Launder, who wow’d audiences at our 2017 Congress with his high energy presentation on creating positive mindsets.

    Robin will be joined by an impressive line-up of other speakers that include:

    • Rebecca Leask and Stephenie Malone, Harrison Clark Rickerbys
    • Doug Muir, Compassion Understood
    • Gordon Dunn, The Vet Group
    • Lisa Winter, Onswitch
    • Susie Samuel, Vet Help Direct
    • Lizzie Lockett, RCVS
    • Major Cathie Gregg, GLCM

    From Mindset Theory to Measuring Your Customer Care Experience; from tips on attracting, retaining and rewarding all the members of your team to creating and nurturing a positive practice culture, this event will help you build a happier, more focused and more productive practice team.

    One lecture stream will concentrate on overall HR issues, the other will focus more on client care and communication.  This is an excellent day for Practice Managers, Reception Managers, Owners, Clinical Directors… or anyone else who is responsible for client communication or team management.

    Click here
     for synopses on all the lectures and here for speaker profiles.

    The day will also offer a focused exhibition – click here for details of the companies that will be available to talk to you.

    The day will start at 9:30am and finish at 4:30pm. Workbooks, CPD certificates, lunch and refreshments are included.

    For further details and to register click here.


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Congress fund-raiser for charities helping people and animals

Following their successful joint congress, VPMA and SPVS senior vice-presidents Pauline Graham and Gudrun Ravetz recently presented cheques to their chosen congress charities. Medical Detection Dogs and The Links Group were the beneficiaries of a fund-raiser at the recent Veterinary Business & Management Congress where guests at the congress banquet and dinner donated a whopping £1310.

Chairman of The Links Group, Freda Scott-Park, was delighted to receive the cheque from SPVS commenting ‘We’re so grateful for this donation which will go directly towards helping to raise awareness of the links between the abuse of children, vulnerable adults and animals. This year we are rolling out our programme of training in collaboration with Medics against Violence for veterinary practices to teach them how to recognise signs of domestic and animal abuse and more importantly still, what to do if they are presented with such a scenario. SPVS is a key supporter of our work, helping us to gain direct access to practice staff where this vital education needs to take place.’

The VPMA’s chosen charity was Medical Detection Dogs. Past president Pauline Graham was keen to get involved with this growing charity ‘Medical alert dogs are already out there helping in the management of diabetes and other debilitating diseases, as well as participating in research into the early detection of cancers. I was fortunate to learn more about the charity’s work recently from Sue and have met Casper on a couple of occasions. Casper’s ability to detect changes in Sue’s blood sugar levels was literally life-saving for her and allowed her to resume her normal activities, which would just not have been possible before. I felt that practice managers would very much want to support and promote this great cause. So I’m over the moon to be able to present this donation on behalf of the VPMA and thank everyone for their generosity.’ 


Photograph shows VPMA Past-President Pauline Graham with Sue Surbey and her Diabetic Medical Detection Dog Casper.