Presidents past and present come together to celebrate VPMA’s 21st birthday

The Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) celebrated the 21st anniversary of its inception recently with a dinner held at the Il Convivio restaurant in London. The evening brought together members of the VPMA council as well as a group of past presidents, some of whom were founding members of the association.

Current VPMA president Helen Sanderson was keen to acknowledge the contribution made to the association’s development by the former presidents, many of whom are still prominent in the management world today. She commented, “I’d like to say a heartfelt thank-you to our past presidents in guiding the VPMA towards this important anniversary. As well as leading our association, they have actively driven the evolution of practice management as a profession. Much of the knowledge that we draw on day-to-day in our role as practice managers has come directly from them and we are grateful for their generosity in sharing their wisdom over the years.”

John Sheridan, the association’s first president (1993-1996) and owner of VeterinaryBusiness.org, commented, “It’s been quite a journey since a small group of vet practice owners, managers and others with a joint interest in business came together to share their insights. I’ve seen the association grow from tiny beginnings to over 800 members, and veterinary practice management to become a career choice in itself. I feel proud to have been part of this progression along with my colleagues, and I’m looking forward to seeing the association continue to prosper.”

VPMA offers membership to anyone with an interest in veterinary practice management and helps to disseminate knowledge through regional meetings and forums. Together with the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons, it will hold its annual business and management congress in January 2015 where non-members are also welcome www.vpms-spvs-event.co.uk.