Brexit Statement – National Veterinary Services

Brexit Statement – National Veterinary Services

16 January 2019

The UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 following the referendum in 2016.

As the UK Market Leader in Veterinary wholesaling and distribution we take our role very seriously in supporting continuity of supply during any post Brexit changes. Our teams have been working internally, and with suppliers, on this issue to mitigate the key risks to the supply chain.

We are confident that manufacturers have addressed the issues, together with us, taking a collaborative approach of building more stocks within the supply chain.

We continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure we can minimise disruption to our customers.

Martin Riley – MD, National Veterinary Services

Successful CVPM Candidates Announced

Successful CVPM Candidates Announced

Three practice managers have been awarded the Veterinary Management Group’s Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM), a respected qualification awarded to individuals working in veterinary management.  The successful candidates, who completed their studies during 2018 and passed the examination, are:

  • Mrs Michelle (Mimi) Machin RVN, the Bredy Veterinary Centre in Bridport
  • Miss Gemma Taylor RVN, Abbeymoor Veterinary Centres in Sheffield
  • Miss Emma Hollingworth RVN, The Park Vet Group in Cardiff

The CVPM, developed by the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), provides a benchmark for veterinary employers seeking veterinary management expertise and covers six core areas:  strategic management; general management; personnel; communications; financial planning and marketing.   The CVPM examination consists of a written 3,000-word report and the examination itself which consists of a ten-minute presentation on a subject supplied by the examining board; a 15-minute discussion of the submitted report and two further 30-minute oral exams on related topics.

Two further candidates are finalising their submissions and all successful candidates will be presented with their CVPM during VMG-SPVS Congress in January 2019.

Mimi Machin said: “I would recommend the CVPM to anyone looking to further their understanding and career in veterinary management. I have a veterinary nursing background so studying for the Certificate helped me develop the additional skills I need to fulfil the role of Practice Manager.”

Emma Hollingworth said: “Coming from a nursing background where much of my knowledge was gained through experience, the CVPM required me to research and develop skills which are not taught to all veterinary nurses and I feel it has given me a strong platform from which to develop my career.  The VMG provides excellent preparation days and I highly recommend attending one to those sitting the exam.”

VMG Director Ms Georgina Hills added: “Effective management has never been more important in today’s competitive veterinary industry. Those involved in practice management require expertise in all the key aspects of running a successful business, as well as a deep understanding of the veterinary sector.  The CVPM is, quite rightly, a testing qualification and we are pleased to see that it is increasingly becoming recognised as a benchmark for excellence. We congratulate our successful candidates this year and believe that the investment they have made in their career will reap dividends for them and their practice in the months ahead.”

The VMG is the lead representative body for veterinary professionals working in leadership and management roles within veterinary practice. It provides training, promotes best practice and lobbies on a range of practice management issues. It also offers a forum in which managers and others in a lead role within practice can learn, collaborate and network with colleagues across the UK.

Improve International’s new GPAdvCert to help General Practitioners advance diagnostic skills and CT knowledge

Improve International’s new GPAdvCert to help General Practitioners advance diagnostic skills and CT knowledge

Diagnostic Imaging (Computed Tomography – CT) is the latest in a series of General Practitioner Advanced Certificates (GPAdvCert) announced by veterinary CPD specialist Improve International.

The 12-module programme is aimed at European veterinary professionals who have completed their General Practitioner Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging (GPCertDIIM) or Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in Diagnostic Imaging and who wish to advance their diagnostic imaging skills further and enhance their academic qualifications. 

Improve’s GPAdvCert in Diagnostic Imaging (CT) will be delivered in three blocks of four days in three European cities and will be led by Course Director Tim Trevail BVetMed, CertVDI, DipECVDI, MRCVS. It will commence in May 2019 with training taking place in Vienna (Austria), Porto (Portugal) and Limassol (Cyprus).  Each module will be led by ECVS or ACVS Diplomates and will be supported by an online learning platform providing notes, additional resources and the ability for delegates to discuss clinical cases in a closed forum.  The programme has received conditional validation from Harper Adams University pending full approval early next year and is accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).

Commenting on the launch of the new GPAdvCert, Mr David Babington MRCVS, Business Development Director at Improve International, said: “Diagnostic Imaging (CT) is already widely available in many veterinary practices, with Diagnostic Imaging and CT studies becoming more and more common for veterinary practitioners as a result.  Each module of this advanced programme has been designed to progress delegates’ knowledge beyond Postgraduate Certificate level with more in-depth and advanced content. The programme focuses on practical training and includes CT scan reading sessions and case discussions.”

He added: “Improve’s GPAdvCert programmes help vets in practice to reduce the number of patients they refer, enabling them to retain a higher level of income for their practice.  The programme will also provide them with skills which they can pass onto their team.” 

According to Improve, the successful achievement of a GPAdvCert enables delegates to progress from a Postgraduate Certificate (or equivalent) to the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences in the UK, which is awarded by Harper Adams University.  This can, in turn, be used towards the award of a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences.

Part of Benchmark and based in Swindon, Improve International provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, receptionists and practice managers to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.

For further information visit www.improveinternational.com or email enquiries@improveinternational.com or call 01793 759159.