About the CVPM

The Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM) is awarded by the VMG to individuals who have demonstrated their ability to effectively manage a veterinary practice, hospital or unit. The CVPM is aimed at both experienced managers who are new to the veterinary industry and members of the veterinary team who are currently working in a management role. The qualification also provides a benchmark for veterinary employers seeking to employ a new practice manager.
The individual must demonstrate this ability by providing evidence of their managerial skills over six core areas:

  • General Management
  • Personnel
  • Communication
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management

History of the CVPM

The VPMA was formally launched during the BVA Congress in Edinburgh on September 20th 1993.

From the very beginning, the Council of the VPMA were interested in setting up a veterinary management qualification in the UK, possibly based on the CVPM model available in the United States through the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA).

VPMA Council agreed to draft a written CVPM examination appropriate for the UK. The first CVPM exams were held in 1996. Since this time the CVPM has been through numerous changes to allow it to keep up to date with changes within veterinary industry and practice.

Applications for the 2019 exam must be submitted by 1st August 2019.

Take the Quiz! Here’s an example question to test your knowledge of best practice management.

The Case of the Disappearing Dog

Your receptionist has just been informed by one of the nurses that a dog that was booked in for neutering has escaped from the surgery and run off down the street. She has gone running after it and her parting words were “I’ll get it if I can, but can you sort something.” What actions would you take?

This is an example of a type of oral question you might encounter in the CVPM exam. You have 3 minutes to answer verbally to the two examiners assessing you. In your answer you need to cover all 6 sections of the syllabus if relevant, thinking about General Management, Personnel, Communication, Financial Management, Strategic Management and considering what changes, if any, might be needed in the future to your policies. Why not have a go. Record your answer by video or voice, and submit to the C&T Committee via the VMG Office.

CVPM Registration Criteria

To be eligible to sit the CVPM, exam candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be full members of the VMG throughout their registration period

  • Register for CVPM and pay appropriate fees
  • Be actively employed in a veterinary based management role (minimum period of 2 years’ experience is advised)

Essential Documentation

Full details of the CVPM including examination application and examination details can be found by clicking on the following links:

Examination Application Deadline

Completed applications must be received by the 1st August in the year the candidate wishes to sit the exam.

Proposed CVPM Fees 2019

CVPM registration and examination fee for all candidates is £445.00 incl. VAT.

CVPM Exam Date 2019

Date:  Friday 22nd November 2019
Venue: To Be Confirmed

CVPM Preparation Days

The Certification and Training Committee will be holding three FREE information and examination preparation workshops around the country in 2019. Past candidates have informed us that attending one of these workshops has in their estimation been vital to their success in obtaining the qualification.

The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Understand the overall concept and content of the Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM)
  • Advise on the examination itself, format of questions and presentations and suggested approaches
  • Provide the opportunity to meet the members of the C & T Committee, responsible for examining and awarding the CVPM

Thinking of taking the CVPM?

Have you thought about taking the Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management but were unsure what was involved or if you were ready?

VMG are pleased to offer the following opportunities to find out more about the qualification and ask questions of the examiners. The workshops are also a great opportunity to meet other like minded managers and share ideas and thoughts on management training needs.
We have three dates and locations in 2019,  workshops are free of charge to attend! Registrations to office@vetmg.com 
Sat 9th March 2019:  Please register by Friday 1st March 2019.

Exeter – Premier Inn, Exeter Central St Davids Hotel, Bonhay Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4BG 2-4.30pm

Sat 11th May 2019:  Please register by Friday 3rd May 2019.
Manchester – Vets Now Hospital, Manchester 10.30am – 1pm.

CVPM Holders by Year


  • Carole J Clarke MRCVS
  • Lynne Worwood

  • Nancy Fox

  • Susan M Kydd VN CMS

  • Bob Moore MRCVS

  • John Sheridan MRCVS


  • Fiona Baxter

  • Ray Girotti

  • Sue Morrissey


  • Ian Kynoch MRCVS

  • Lynn Roach

  • Georgina Stutchfield


  • Stephen Grills MRCVS
  • Jennifer Tubb

  • Gloria Tyrer

  • Jacqueline Garrett


  • Jan Dunn

  • Elizabeth Glover

  • Dawn Kent VN

  • Val Lackenby

  • Marion Leister

  • Katherine Thornton

  • Brian Wright MBA


  • Glynne Ll Davies MRCVS

  • Rita Dingwall

  • Pauline Graham

  • Susan Ross


  • Fred Bancroft

  • Ianthe Cox

  • Keith Fuller

  • Sarah Hibbert

  • Tessa Smith


  • Lynda Statham


  • Cathy Coates

  • Susan Hall MRCVS

  • Pat Heseltine

  • Tina Hibell VN

  • Tracy Mayne VN

  • Dennis Owen

  • Lisa Coxon VN

  • Hilary Manning VPAC

  • Anne Milburn MRCVS

  • Angela Miller


  • Debby Drinkwater

  • Kathryn Nankervis

  • Kerry Scarlett


  • Sharon Powell

  • Helen Biggadike

  • David Button


  • Jennifer Crawford-Allen

  • Heidi Fudge

  • Susan Lunn

  • Alison Hoy

  • David Mulligan

  • Paula Nugent

  • Lorraine Weynberg


  • Amanda Baggley

  • Lisa Cooper


  • Julie Beacham

  • Helen Kington

  • Renay Rickard

  • Liz Howes VN


  • Lisa Marter

  • Louise O’Hara

  • Lucy Bartlett


  • Victoria Musk


  • Georgina Hills

  • Lisa Martin

  • Philippa Davis

  • Shaun Plunkett


  • Gemma Taylor

  • Mimi Machin

  • Emma Hollingworth

  • Sarah Lewis

  • Sally Courtney


  • Matthew Horobin

  • Louise Marshall


  • Leah Morley VN

  • Louise Reeve

  • Stacey Munday RVN


  • Elizabeth Partridge VN

  • Ellie Stock Bishop

  • Clare Norlander

  • Beverley Iren