CPD Calendar 2024

Our next intake for the VMG ILM Level 5  Award, Certificate and Diploma in Veterinary Leadership & Management starts in April. If you would like to study with us, don’t delay – register now.

We have 8 standalone CPD courses which also start at every intake (February, May, September & November):

  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Leading Change NEW
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Practice Finance I and Practice Finance II*
  • Project Management
  • Quality Improvement NEW
  • Marketing & Client Experience

*Each Practice Finance module is available every other intake. They cover different financial topics and can be taken individually.

Registration is open – follow the links in the descriptions below.

VMG Congress 2024

VMG members are invited to book now for VMG Congress 2024! Our early bird offer is now closed, but you can still save money with our member rate. So, join us for two days of innovative sessions on relevant subjects presented by the best in the business.

Come be part of the experience – we would love you to join us! Find out everything you need here: VMG Congress 2024

VMG Livestreams

Did you miss our sessions with PetsApp on using AI in Veterinary Practice and Mitigo’s Cybersecurity New Year’s Resolutions You Need to Make for your Veterinary Practice? You can watch them on our YouTube channel – here.

VMG Course: Coaching & Mentoring in the Veterinary Workplace

13 May – 12 July 2024

Do you support your colleagues at work?  Are you responsible for leading a team?  Not sure how to best encourage someone to develop a new skill or progress their career?  Want to be better at listening effectively, asking empathetic questions, or planning ongoing professional development?  Coaching and mentoring tools and techniques will help with all of these.

Coaching and mentoring are essential skills for any veterinary leader or manager.  This course will enable you to develop the skills, principles and practice required for effective coaching or mentoring in an organisational context.

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and justify the use of coaching or mentoring to benefit individuals and the organisation
  • Explain and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be an effective coach or mentor in the veterinary sector
  • Identify potential barriers to coaching or mentoring in the veterinary context and develop strategies to minimise these
  • Evaluate the impact of coaching or mentoring on the individual and the organisation.

The course consists of preparatory work, a live interactive workshop, self-directed online learning, and real-world coursework exercises to bring your new knowledge and skills to life.  On completion, you will receive a CPD certificate verifying 25 hours of CPD.

CPD Course
25 hours
Online
£154 – £190 +VAT

VMG Course: Leading Change in the Veterinary Workplace

Nov 2024 & Feb 2025

Learn how to understand and develop a culture of innovation and improvement and be able to effectively lead your organisation through change.

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain leadership and team responsibilities in shaping organisational culture
  • Support staff to innovate and contribute creative ideas in the workplace
  • Evaluate new opportunities, assess feasibility and viability, and justify managed risk
  • Create, implement and monitor a change management plan

This module will cover organisational culture, stakeholder mapping; types of innovation, phases of innovation activity, promoting creativity; evaluation and validation, feasibility and contingency planning; improvement techniques, incremental vs business process re-engineering; tools for effective critical decision-making; project management tools and techniques; human and financial factors; risk and uncertainty management; and intellectual property.

The course consists of preparatory work, a live interactive workshop, self-directed online learning, and real-world coursework exercises to bring your new knowledge and skills to life.  On completion, you will receive a CPD certificate verifying 25 hours of CPD.

CPD Course
25 hours
Online
£154 – £190 +VAT

VMG Course: Mental Health in the Veterinary Workplace

13 May – 12 July 2024

We are still accepting applications to take the course free of charge, thanks to the generous support from the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative.

The collaboration will be delivered via our VMG’s online learning platform and can either be taken as a free standalone module, or as a module for those already undertaking our ILM accredited veterinary leadership and management qualifications. The module will include online resources and reading materials and two case study-based online workshops delivered by a Mind Matters Manager to consolidate and contextualise the online learning materials.

The first workshop will cover the Equality Act, mental health, and reasonable adjustments; while the second will cover return to work for those who have taken time off due to mental ill health and how to plan for their continued safety and wellness.

If you would like to gain a VMG Level 5 Award in Mental Health in the Veterinary Workplace PLUS an ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership & Management, you can opt to complete the required assignments at the end of the course. The cost for this upgrade is £278 + VAT for VMG members, and £357 + VAT for non-members. Contact us for more details: office@vetmg.com

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CPD Course
25 hours
Online
FREE

VMG Course: Practice Finance I

Sept 2024 & Feb 2025

Do you find practice accounts daunting?  Not sure how to read your P&L?  Want to be better at keeping track of your client debtors, managing your cashflow, reporting on profits or planning for future growth?  Practice Finance skills will help with all of these.

Understanding practice finances is essential for any veterinary manager.  This course will introduce you to the principles and practice of business finance, to enable you to effectively and efficiently manage financial aspects in your workplace.

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of cash flow management to a veterinary organisation
  • Explain the purpose and function of the main financial documents used in a veterinary organisation
  • Assess general organisational performance using appropriate financial measures
  • Calculate a range of financial ratios to assess financial performance
  • Explain and use budget-setting techniques to predict performance and control costs

The course consists of preparatory work, a live interactive workshop, self-directed online learning, and real-world coursework exercises to bring your new knowledge and skills to life.  On completion, you will receive a CPD certificate verifying 25 hours of CPD.

Next intakes start: 19th February 2024

Cost: £140+VAT for VMG Members, £172.50+VAT for Non-Members

CPD Course
25 hours
Online
£154 – £190 +VAT

VMG Course: Practice Finance II

20 May – 19 July 2024

The purpose of this module is for you to understand how budget construction and control are used to manage performance, review performance, and put together a financial case for a new project.

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain and apply the financial concepts use to inform management decisions
  • Review an organisation’s financial planning process and recommend improvements
  • Measure and monitor financial performance using a range of evaluation techniques

This module will cover budget planning and preparation; responsibilities of budget holders; budgetary control, organisation and administration; variance analysis and corrective actions; cost analysis, revenue, capital expenditure and break-even analysis; financial evaluation techniques; revenue expenditure recommendations; and presenting financial information.

There is no requirement to have completed our Practice Finance I module before taking Practice Finance II. The modules are self-contained and cover different aspects of practice finance.

The course consists of preparatory work, a live interactive workshop, self-directed online learning, and real-world coursework exercises to bring your new knowledge and skills to life.  On completion, you will receive a CPD certificate verifying 25 hours of CPD.

CPD Course
25 hours
Online
£154 – £190 +VAT

VMG Course: Project Management in the Veterinary Workplace

13 May – 02 August 2024

Do you find setting completion deadlines challenging? Not sure how to estimate costs for a new service? Want to be better at keeping track of how efficiently a branch surgery is running, or how workload is allocated among a nursing team, or how progress updates are communicated through the practice? Project Management skills will help with all of these.

Running projects is an essential skill for any veterinary manager.  This course will introduce you to the principles and practice of project management, to enable you to manage projects of any scale effectively and efficiently in your workplace.

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan a project, with appropriate stakeholder input
  • Implement a project plan
  • Use a range of project management tools and techniques with confidence
  • Set and monitor targets and outcomes
  • Critically evaluate your own ability to manage a project at work

The course consists of preparatory work, a live interactive workshop, self-directed online learning, and real-world coursework exercises to bring your new knowledge and skills to life.  On completion, you will receive a CPD certificate verifying 25 hours of CPD.

CPD Course
25 hours
Online
£154 – £190 +VAT

VMG Course: Quality Improvement

Sept 2024 & Feb 2025

Learn how to carry out a work analysis in an area of your organisation, understand stakeholder requirements, and implement quality improvement.

On completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the strategic context and purpose of work analysis and quality improvement
  • Conduct a work analysis and identify potential improvements
  • Implement and evaluate appropriate decision-making techniques
  • Develop, implement and evaluate quality improvement plans

This module will cover work analysis methods and techniques; organisational aims, goals and purpose; relationships between functional areas, business processes and working practices; efficiency, effectiveness and productivity; quantitative and qualitative data; cost-benefit analysis, decision matrices and paired comparison techniques; quality systems, quality assurance, quality control and auditing; internal and external stakeholders, customer satisfaction and success criteria; and benchmarking service standards.

The course consists of preparatory work, a live interactive workshop, self-directed online learning, and real-world coursework exercises to bring your new knowledge and skills to life.  On completion, you will receive a CPD certificate verifying 25 hours of CPD.

CPD Course
25 hours
Online
£154 – £190 +VAT

VMG Course: Marketing & Client Experience

Sept 2024 & Feb 2025

Do you find setting customer service standards challenging? Not sure how to differentiate your practice from your competition? Want to be better at keeping track of how well your marketing messages are being received, how your clients perceive your practice, or where potential areas of expansion might be? Marketing skills will help with all of these.

This course will introduce you to the principles and practice of contemporary marketing, supported by theories of client attraction and retention, buyer behaviour, and purchase decision-making, to enable you to understand and implement positive, effective marketing in your workplace.

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain and use the marketing mix and evaluate a range of marketing strategies for your practice
  • Develop and implement recommendations to improve marketing strategies
  • Identify and analyse current and future client markets
  • Appraise your practice’s client experience and make recommendations for improvement

The course consists of preparatory work, a live interactive workshop, self-directed online learning, and real-world coursework exercises to bring your new knowledge and skills to life.  On completion, you will receive a CPD certificate verifying 25 hours of CPD.

CPD Course
25 hours
Online
£154 – £190 +VAT

VMG Congress 2024

25th & 26th April 2024

Bookings are now open!

Get ready for another jam-packed congress where you can join the leading minds in the veterinary sector and further afield for an unparalleled experience in learning, sharing and personal growth. This is your chance to build on what you know—master team leadership, enhance practice performance and prioritise self-care. Leave the VMG Congress feeling invigorated and empowered to reach new heights.

Join us!

CPD
2 days
Crowne Plaza, Stratford upon Avon
VMG member rates: £252 day ticket or £402 for both days. Prices are excl. VAT.
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