• VPMA welcomes in new president, Renay Rickard, VPMA
  • VPMA welcomes in new president, Renay Rickard, VPMA
  • VPMA welcomes in new president, Renay Rickard, VPMA
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VPMA welcomes in new president, Renay Rickard

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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 rickard vpma president 2016Renay 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.