Royal Canin kicks off new CPD sponsorship with practical one-day courses

Royal Canin has announced it will be co-sponsoring the 2015 regional CPD programme of business and non-clinical training events organised by the VPMA and SPVS. The sponsorship, in partnership with Zoetis, complements the popular clinical webinars the pet food manufacturer hosts throughout the year for veterinarians and vet nurses.

Royal Canin is co-sponsoring 15 one-day events which will run across the UK, from Milton Keynes, Daventry and Bristol to Birmingham, Preston, Edinburgh and Belfast. The topics covered by the events will include everything from improving your bottom line and a marketing masterclass to appraisals and recruitment, leadership techniques, and even a focus on maximising your Facebook profile.

The programme kicks off next month with a session run by Brian Faulkner entitled ‘Training the Veterinary Receptionist’, which will run on 11 February at Hartsfield Manor in Surrey. The training focuses on how pivotal receptionists are in ensuring pets, owners, nurses and vets work together to achieve optimum clinical resolution.  And how, by getting this right, they contribute to optimum financial resolution.  The course is ideal for practice managers, owners, head nurses or head receptionists whose job description includes training the reception team.

In addition, there are two sessions, brand new for 2015, which are running in March. ‘Video-Making for Social Media’ (on 5 March in Birmingham) and ‘Stress Management for Productive Practice’ (on 18 March in Daventry). The first workshop will have practical hands-on exercises covering script-writing, voice-overs, soundtracks, filming a live interview and editing – with one-to-one personal tuition as the day progresses.  The second session is a highly participative course to help demonstrate the differences between pressure, stress and burnout. By the end of the workshop, delegates will have the techniques and skills to combat the impact of stress at work and build resilience.

Ian Williams, Veterinary Support Manager at Royal Canin, explained: “We’re delighted to be linking up with the VPMA and SPVS to sponsor such a full, varied and highly practical programme of training. The sponsorship of these non-clinical workshops is the perfect accompaniment to our regular series of clinical webinars which run throughout the year, ensuring a wide range of CPD opportunities for veterinary staff.”

Places on any of the 15 planned events this year can be booked by calling 01453 872731 or by visiting www.spvs-vpma-events.co.uk. Workshops cost £265 for non-members and £190 plus VAT for VPMA and SPVS members (group/bulk booking discounts are also available). Costs include CPD certificates, lunch and refreshments.