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 or email or call 01793 759159.

Royal Canin warns pet owners to be aware of the hidden dangers this Christmas

Royal Canin warns pet owners to be aware of the hidden dangers this Christmas

With the Christmas season upon us, Royal Canin is reminding veterinary professionals to make pet owners aware of the lesser known dangers this time of year can present.

Most pet owners know the dangers of chocolate, but many don’t know that the artificial sweetener Xylitol, commonly used in cakes, sweets and biscuits, is also toxic to animals. Festive treats such as Christmas cake and mince pies can also pose a huge problem. Grapes and sultanas are highly toxic to dogs and cats, including dried versions. Reports have shown as little as four to five grapes can be fatal in dogs, causing kidney failure.

John O’Connor, Veterinary Marketing Manager at Royal Canin, said: “Christmas is often the season pet owners choose to indulge the whole family, and this includes their animals. Recent research* showed that half of 19-38 year olds said they would rather cut back on spending on themselves than their pets and two out of five spending as much on their pets as they would for a friend this Christmas.

With so many animal lovers in the UK, it is important to remind pet owners the dangers of overindulging their pets with human treats and also too much food.

John continues: “Giving pets human treats is often more harmful than many owners think, with many shocked by the calorie conversion for animals. For example, a tin of tuna is the equivalent of three doughnuts for a dog, and feeding a cat a piece of cheese is the equivalent in calories as a shocking six doughnuts!”

ROYAL CANIN® runs an Approved Weight Management Centre programme to acknowledge a number of veterinary practices across the UK for managing overweight or obese cats and dogs, educating clients on prevention.  For more information about the Approved Weight Management Centre initiative, please contact the ROYAL CANIN® Weight Management Team on


Your Next Set of Clues

Our Golden Ticket campaign continues, here are the next set of clues of where you can find the golden tickets in ‘Select from NVS’ products this week. More clues that can be found on our social media channels, keep an eye out for those GOLDEN TICKETS this week.

A Golden Ticket will be wrapped up to keep it safe from harm, its handy for cleaning wounds and looks like snow.

Compatible with most commonly used infusion pumps, it is one of our best sellers and comes with kink proof tubing.

Easy to click together and stop cats and dogs from licking where they shouldn’t be! Order on Thursday for a chance to win!

Our FINAL clue this week, will be shown on our Twitter page on Wednesday. So keep your eyes peeled.

Medivet Unveils Plans to Offer Greater Support for Students on EMS Placements

Medivet Unveils Plans to Offer Greater Support for Students on EMS Placements

Medivet has today unveiled a new Extra Mural Studies (EMS) programme for veterinary students.

The company has created more than 50 ‘EMS Champion Clinics’, each of which has demonstrated a commitment to training and offers the breadth of work to be of most value to EMS placement students.  Support for students will be led by a designated ’EMS Champion’ in each Champion Clinic.  Acting as a mentor, they will meet with each student at the start of their placement to introduce them to the practice and agree their learning objectives.  They will then meet with them regularly during their placement to monitor their progress and provide feedback and support.

Commenting on the launch of the EMS Champion Clinic programme, Medivet Senior Partner, Head of Vet Development and Future Vet Recruitment, Dr Daniel Preter said: “We currently welcome around 150 EMS students annually and the number is increasing every year.  We aim to make their time with us as useful and meaningful as possible and, as importantly, we want them to feel guided and cared for throughout their EMS journey.

“We consulted the Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) in the development of our EMS Champion Clinic programme and have heeded its recent call for practices to formalise the structure of placements in order to provide more consistency and support.  We believe our new programme will provide our students with the structure to ensure that they experience safe and productive learning during their time with us.”

Mr David Charles, President of the AVS, said:  “While students and recent graduates always speak highly of the benefits of EMS, we’re aware that some of them face problems because the experience can vary from placement to placement. The fact that Medivet is dedicating time and resources into its new EMS Champion Clinic programme shows a real commitment to this aspect of veterinary student training.  It will benefit a huge number of current and future students on their EMS placements.”

Mr Ben Haythornthwaite, a recent EMS student with Medivet, said: “I learned so much during my EMS placement with Medivet and it was enjoyable at the same time. Vet students can be apprehensive before starting a placement because we’re not always fully briefed on what’s expected of us, so I think the appointment of an EMS Champion in the practice, who will offer support pre-, during and post-placement, is a useful initiative. It will ensure that future students get even more out of their time at Medivet.”

Medivet’s HR Director, Mr James Dickens added: “This new programme forms part of our wider HR Strategy to make Medivet a great place to work. We can offer students a fantastic career path in both clinical and non-clinical roles while offering industry leading training and development.”

Medivet is a veterinary-led group of more than 280 branches and 15 fully staffed 24-hour veterinary centres and hospitals across the UK. Underpinned by its partnership ethos, it is forging a national community of passionate vets, offering exceptional veterinary care to patients all under one roof.

Golden Ticket Clue One

There are three golden tickets available this weekend. Here are your first three clues, can you work them out? Get your orders in by Sunday 2 December to be in with a chance of winning one of the first three hampers. Good Luck! 

This is a combined clue…

To help launch the hunt for golden tickets we are getting straight to the point, in the past twelve months we have launched several new products including needles and 3-part syringes. The most popular sizes are our 23G needles and the 2/3ml syringes.

Have you tried our giving sets yet? We have nine different sets, five of which have fully kink proof detachable end sections allowing for improved mobility of patients….one of our bestselling giving sets is the XL Plus.

Do YOU know what products they are?

WIN with Select from NVS

Win a fabulous ‘Love from Santa’ Christmas hamper with Select from NVS in the run up to Christmas. Look out for the Golden Tickets in your tote box during December when you order Select from NVS products.

Throughout December we will be hiding 24 golden tickets in our warehouse amongst a variety of Select from NVS products. All you need to do is order the Select from NVS product given in the clues on the correct day and keep your fingers crossed! We will be leaving lots of clues to help you find them on our social media channels Facebook and Twitter and our new website –

We launch our campaign on Monday 3rd December and will run through until Thursday 20th December.

You need to order on Friday 30th November or over the weekend to be in with a chance of winning the first hampers.