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November 9, 2012

Getting the Balance Right Made Easy at Veterinary Business & Management Congress

That balance between work and play seems to be the Holy Grail of finding true happiness and for that reason, the delegates of the 2013 Veterinary Business and Management Congress should be over the moon! Offering a healthy mixture of lectures, expert led masterclasses and a social programme that makes networking effortless, delegates will feel like they have gained far more than two days should feasibly allow. The congress takes place between the 24th and 26th of January at Heythrop Park Resort near Oxford.

The result of a joint enterprise between the Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) and the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS), the congress forms the perfect platform for provision of the very best in practice management CPD for vets, nurses and practice managers. There are no less than 20 small group masterclass sessions on offer, forming two streams across the two days. With topics ranging from pet loss support to pricing strategy and formulating marketing plans to demystifying health plans, every possible taste and angle is covered. Most of the sessions are designed to be interactive, such as the ‘How I make It Work’ sessions, in which various practice position holders will share their insights into the challenges facing them in their specific role before inviting group discussion about their thoughts.

All that information to absorb will make the exciting social programme a welcome break for delegates to let their hair down and get their chins wagging with friends old and new. Things get going early with a relaxing pre-congress wine tasting session & quiz which takes place on Thursday evening. Award-winning wine merchant Theo Sloot will take you around the world and back with a fabulous selection of wines from the Oxford Wine Company. After thoroughly lubricating your grey matter, you should be raring to go for the upcoming two days of activity.

Stepping things up a notch, Friday night sees a glamorous drinks reception, four course dinner and dance taking place, with a theme of ‘Hollywood Glamour’. The dress code is black and white, in-keeping with the James Bond Style casino tables on offer. If all that excess leaves your head spinning like the roulette wheel, congress hotel guests can make use of the on-site spa, swimming and golf facilities to totally unwind. Even accompanying spouses and partners have been catered for, with an organised day trip to Oxford to keep them entertained whilst you take full advantage of the congress programme. For more information and to pre-book your social event tickets, visit  http://vetmanagement.co.uk/social-programme/.

With authorities on business, financial, legal and regulatory affairs ready and willing to share their advice and so many options for down-time, the only problem that delegates will face is choosing what to attend! All masterclasses are free of charge to congress attendees and must be pre-booked as places are limited to ensure quality interactive learning. If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up for the congress, view the whole programme and register for the masterclasses of your choice at www.vetmanagement.co.uk.

Developed in recognition of the importance of practice owners, partners and managers working together, the congress offerings will appeal to everyone and help these key people streamline their working practices and facilitate better performance of their finances, time and staff.


The Congress is sponsored by Norbrook and Citation plc (platinum sponsors),

Pfizer Animal Health (gold sponsor), Merial Animal Health, (silver sponsor) and bronze sponsors Purina, Novartis Animal Health, The Practice Business Pet Health Plans, St Francis Group, Veterinary Insurance Agency, Pet Cremation Services, Rickerbys Solicitors, Careline4Vets and Henry Schein Animal Health.