The VMG Award, Certificate and Diploma in Veterinary Leadership & Management

Welcome to the VMG Award, Certificate and Diploma in Veterinary Leadership & Management!

These qualifications have been created by VMG with the aim of enabling you to progress your leadership and management knowledge and skills, whatever your role.  Whether you are a practice manager, a head nurse, a clinical director, a marketing lead, a regional support manager – or are currently aspiring to these types of roles – you are able to build a qualification that suits your needs.  During your course you will be introduced to new concepts and encouraged to apply them to your area of work.  You will be encouraged to dig into the areas that are of particular interest and value to you, guided and supported by your tutor.

ILM Accreditation and VMG expertise: The best of both worlds

VMG is the only veterinary association in the world accredited to award ILM qualifications in our own right.  We have been through an extremely rigorous accreditation and inspection process to ensure that our courses meet national standards for leadership and management training.

Our Award, Certificate and Diploma are ILM accredited at Level 5, meaning that our graduates will be dual-qualified with both an ILM qualification and their veterinary-specific VMG one.  This gives you the best of both worlds: a highly relevant, tailor-made qualification for your role in the veterinary sector, plus a globally-recognised leadership and management qualification should you decide to diversify.

We’d be thrilled to have you join the programme and look forward to working with you.

Modular Structure

The Award is a self-contained qualification consisting of one compulsory module: Understanding Yourself as a Leader.

The Certificate consists of the Award, plus one further compulsory module (Understanding Your Organisation) and your choice of any two further modules from the C list (making four modules in total).  You may be able to take a D module towards a Certificate, depending on which options you choose – please contact the Office if this is something you are considering.

The Diploma consists of the Certificate, plus your choice of any three further modules from the C or D lists (making seven taught modules in total), plus module E1, a ‘capstone’ work-based project which brings all your learning together.

The modules available for 2021-23 are:
To register for the combined VMG/ILM Award, Certificate, and/or Diploma in Veterinary Leadership & Management, click here:

Current Holders

VMG/ILM Level 5 Award in Veterinary Leadership & Management

  • Vanessa Croft-Taylor, Veterinary Surgery Department Manager, Wood Green, Cambridgeshire
  • Claire Erskine, Practice Manager, Conanvet Ltd, Inverness-shire
  • Kirstie Jones RVN, Veterinary Implementation Manager, Nordhealth
  • Mike Kitchen, Business Manager, German Veterinary Clinic, United Arab Emirates
  • Madalina Plugaru, Practice Manager, Stokewood Veterinary Surgery, Dorset
  • Jot Stevenson RVN, Practice Manager, Stroud Road Vets, Gloucestershire
  • Owen Williams, Practice Manager, The Stocks Veterinary Centre, Worcestershire
  • Sarah Wyatt RVN, Practice Manager, Hale Veterinary Group, Wiltshire


  • Fiona Andrew RVN, Business Support Manager, VetPartners
  • Rowena Batey RVN, Practice Manager, Ashlea Veterinary Centre, Cumbria
  • Philippa Blake, Diagnostic Centre Administrator, Rossdales Equine Hospital, Suffolk
  • Stacy Brook RVN, Nurse Manager, London Road Veterinary Centre, Norfolk
  • Karla Brown, Practice Manager, Black Sheep Vets, Lincolnshire
  • Paula Brzenczek, Practice Manager, Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Monmouthshire
  • Melonie Bunting, Practice Manager, London Road Veterinary Centre, Norfolk
  • Leah Challen, Accounts Manager, Equine Dental Clinic Ltd, Dorset
  • Nicola Chapman, Practice Manager, Calweton Veterinary Group, Cornwall
  • Johanna du Plessis RVN, Head Veterinary Nurse, Pilgrims Vets, Hampshire
  • Lauren Emmett RVN, Head of Nursing Services, North Downs Specialist Referrals, Kent
  • Samantha Firmager, Practice Manager, Companion Care Winchester, Hampshire
  • Gemma Fisher RVN, Head Veterinary Nurse, Vets4Pets Sidcup, Kent
  • Rachel Forsyth RVN, Practice Manager, Dogwood Referrals, Manchester
  • Cath Grimsey, Practice Manager, Pinkham Equine, Wiltshire
  • Zoe Hatton, Practice Manager, Avenue Veterinary Centre, Cambridgeshire
  • Jacqueline Mc Mahon RVN, Practice Manager, Medivet New Cross, London
  • Tara Morris, Office Manager, Rossdales Ltd, Hertfordshire
  • Paul Rolfe, Practice Manager, The Mobile Vet Ltd, Isle of Wight
  • Heidi Taylor RVN, Senior Nurse Support Coordinator, Dick White Referrals, Cambridgeshire
  • Shannon Tidyman, Clinical Support Supervisor, LLM Farm Vets, Shropshire
  • Emma Whiston-Riley, Owner, Woodpecker Stables, Derbyshire