The Veterinary Practice Management Association is calling for practice managers to give their views on current issues and help colleagues via its online forums. There are two channels available: members can use the e-group which connects over 200 individuals and allows confidential discussions, and the VPMA management forum on Vetpol, where the comments can be viewed by anyone with an interest in practice management, including non-members.
VPMA President Helen Sanderson stressed the importance of reaching out to colleagues, “Practice managers don’t have the same legal obligation as vets and nurses to fulfil CPD, and some find it hard to get time to leave the practice to keep up with what’s happening out there. The veterinary management landscape is changing all the time; health and safety regulations get updated, employment laws change, the nature of the marketplace and clients’ needs change. Having the collective expertise of a large group of experienced managers to dip into – whether that’s to ask for a document template, gather feedback on handling certain issues, or even just to reach out and say hello – can save on time and effort as well as providing reassurance that you’re handling things as your contemporaries would.”
Regular newsletters and updates are just one of a range of benefits that members can access to keep up with developments. The association also offers regional support with face-to-face CPD meetings where the opportunity exists for good old-fashioned networking. Regional Organisers can also ask for input from the membership on behalf of members who wish their query to remain anonymous.
Those wishing to see the full range of VPMA membership benefits can visit www.vpma.co.uk or phone the secretariat on 07000 782324. Existing members wanting to register for the e-group should contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and non-members wishing to access the Vetpol forum, contact email@example.com.