Following a career in the medical world as a nurse and a Clinical Scientist, and a spell of maternity leave, Julie took a part-time reception role at a local veterinary practice in 1995. It was supposed to be short term, with a view to returning to ‘a proper job’ a year later. However, she was quickly hooked and over the years took on extra responsibilities until she became Practice Manager in 2009. Her practice is Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre, a large mixed practice in Buckinghamshire.
Her interest in practice management had led her to join what was the VPMA, and she soon began developing her skills by studying for the Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management which she gained in 2010. She subsequently joined VPMA Council as it was in those days, and the Certification & Training Committee as well as becoming a Regional Organiser. Those responsibilities are now behind her but she now represents the VMG on the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative taskforce.
During her time with the VPMA, Julie learned a great deal, made many friends and benefited from the support that the organisation offers. When we rebranded to become the Veterinary Management Group, she was honoured to be its first President.