• Surge in practice manager and vet nurse nominations but work still to do , VPMA
  • Surge in practice manager and vet nurse nominations but work still to do , VPMA
  • Surge in practice manager and vet nurse nominations but work still to do , VPMA
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Surge in practice manager and vet nurse nominations but work still to do

Nominations for practice managers and nurses in the Petplan Veterinary Awards were boosted this year by a joint initiative between the Veterinary Practice Management Associations and the British Veterinary Nursing Association. The idea was the brainchild of the two presidents, Helen Sanderson and Kirstie Shield, who asked each of their associations to nominate practice staff for the other’s award category. Practice manager nominations rose by nearly 40% and nurse nominations by just under 25%.

Helen Sanderson was delighted at the uplift and wanted to encourage even more members to take part next year, “Practice managers and nurses deserve this recognition, as both work very hard to support practice but don’t always get the acknowledgement for it. However, given how many managers and nurses there are working in the profession, I think we can do even better, and I’d like to see nominations next year for both categories being closer to the numbers seen for the Vet of the Year category.”

BVNA President Kirstie Shield echoed this, “The public doesn’t see the tremendous amount of work that goes on back-of-house to produce a successful practice and the vet is usually at the forefront of their minds. But the professionalism and expertise of nurses and managers help drive a high standard of service and animal welfare – we’d encourage both of these groups to come forward and nominate their colleagues, and for reception staff to introduce the idea to clients. ”

Ms Sanderson was also delighted that the finalists in the Practice Manager of the Year category were all VPMA members. Sharon Lane-Kieltyka from the Shepton Veterinary Group clinched the top title, while Chris Gudge from Highcroft Vet Group in Bristol and Niki Burton from Eastcott Vet Group in Wiltshire were runners-up. Helen wished to congratulate all the finalists, “As an association, we strive to support excellence in practice management and give managers the tools they need to do their job effectively. This has a knock-on effect on boosting the performance of the whole practice team and of course the end service given to clients. We look forward to working with the finalists to disseminate their expertise and knowledge to the rest of our membership.”

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sharon lane-kieltyka petplan nurse of the year
Winner of Practice Manager of the Year Sharon Kane-Tieltyka  Veterinary Nurse of the Year Tina Wright with BVNA President Kirstie Shield and compare Gyles Brandreth
 chris gudge niki burton
Runner up Chris Gudge Runner Up Niki Burton