Six practice managers were awarded the Veterinary Management Group’s Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM), a respected qualification awarded to individuals working in veterinary management, at VMG-SPVS Congress 2019 at Celtic Manor Resort, South Wales on Friday 25th January 2019.  The successful candidates, who completed their studies during 2018/19 and passed the examination, are:

  • Mrs Michelle (Mimi) Machin RVN, the Bredy Veterinary Centre in Bridport
  • Miss Gemma Taylor RVN, Abbeymoor Veterinary Centres in Sheffield
  • Miss Emma Hollingworth RVN, The Park Vet Group in Cardiff
  • Mrs Sarah Lewis, Rhyd Broughton Veterinary Group in Wrexham
  • Mrs Sally Courtney, Vets4Pets Northampton

These five were joined on stage for their presentation by Elizabeth Partridge from Devon who successfully completed the examination in 2017.

The CVPM, developed by the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), provides a benchmark for veterinary employers seeking veterinary management expertise and covers six core areas:  strategic management; general management; personnel; communications; financial planning and marketing.   The CVPM examination consists of a written 3,000-word report and the examination itself which consists of a ten-minute presentation on a subject supplied by the examining board; a 15-minute discussion of the submitted report and two further 30-minute oral exams on related topics.

Mimi Machin said: “I would recommend the CVPM to anyone looking to further their understanding and career in veterinary management. I have a veterinary nursing background so studying for the Certificate helped me develop the additional skills I need to fulfil the role of Practice Manager.”

Emma Hollingworth said: “Coming from a nursing background where much of my knowledge was gained through experience, the CVPM required me to research and develop skills which are not taught to all veterinary nurses and I feel it has given me a strong platform from which to develop my career.  The VMG provides excellent preparation days and I highly recommend attending one to those sitting the exam.”

VMG Director Ms Georgina Hills added: “Effective management has never been more important in today’s competitive veterinary industry. Those involved in practice management require expertise in all the key aspects of running a successful business, as well as a deep understanding of the veterinary sector.  The CVPM is, quite rightly, a testing qualification and we are pleased to see that it is increasingly becoming recognised as a benchmark for excellence. We congratulate our successful candidates this year and believe that the investment they have made in their career will reap dividends for them and their practice in the months ahead.”

Pictured L-R are Mimi Machin, Sarah Lewis, Elizabeth Partridge and Emma Hollingworth.