• New edition of Improving Animal Welfare edited by world expert, Temple Grandin, VPMA
  • New edition of Improving Animal Welfare edited by world expert, Temple Grandin, VPMA
  • New edition of Improving Animal Welfare edited by world expert, Temple Grandin, 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.

     
  • VPMA seeks new Board members

    Are you interested in influencing the strategy and direction of the company?  If so, read on ....

     
  • Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation

    12 steps to take now .... (click here)

     
  • 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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New edition of Improving Animal Welfare edited by world expert, Temple Grandin

The new edition of Improving Animal Welfare, edited by world animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, is now available.


This book provides a clear and concise overview of the practical evaluation and auditing of welfare problems for farmed animals. It has been fully updated with new information on subjects like pain management and animal welfare in organic farming systems.

The dramatic increase in the number of research studies, books, guidelines and websites on animal welfare, and variations in government animal welfare regulation, make this textbook an essential overview for students in veterinary medicine, animal science and welfare, and those working directly with animals. By taking an entirely practical approach, the textbook aims to help those working with animals to apply methods for improving welfare, bridging the gap between scientific research and practical application.

The second edition of this successful textbook:

·         Combines scientific information with useful recommendations for use on commercial operations.

·         Emphasises the importance of measuring conditions that compromise welfare, such as lameness, heat stress, body condition, and bruises during transport.

·         Includes two new chapters on conceptual frameworks of animal welfare and organic farming.

·         Is edited by an outstanding world expert on animal welfare.

·         Reviews practical information on livestock handling, euthanasia, slaughter, pain relief and assessments of abnormal behaviour.

First edition review: “… (There) sometimes appear publications which are worthy of specific attention… (they) stimulate, instruct and present new concepts. Among such books belongs the reviewed book… we can only hope that this successful work gets to the hands of those in the field."  Agricultura Tropica et Subtropica, Vol.44 (3), 2011.