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VPMA sets out its business plan for 2015 and announces member lunchtime management updates

The Veterinary Practice Management Association has outlined its business plan for 2015. The new plan will see the association focusing on its grass roots as well as enhancing its relationships with other groups and industry peers.

Strengthening the association’s direct interactions with members has been put at the core of its business strategy. The plan will see incoming president Howard Brown, together with Regional Co-ordinator Renay Rickard, attend as many of the association’s regional meetings as possible. As well as the traditional CPD offering, the regional meetings will incorporate a discussion session with updates on current and future issues facing the profession.

In tandem with this, the association has announced a series of lunchtime Management Updates delivered via webinar. Acknowledging that some members struggle to get to their regional meetings, the short updates have been designed to keep the membership abreast of changes that could directly impact their practices, without the need for travel.

Current President Helen Sanderson outlined the benefits for busy practice managers, “We wanted to find a way of giving our members easy-to-access updates on current hot topics, without the need for them to spend precious time searching for relevant information. The lunchtime webinars have been designed to be easily digestible, very specific, bite-sized updates, with the facility for our members to pose questions to the presenter and share their own thoughts.”

Each webinar will last just 30 minutes with a 10 minute Q&A session afterwards.

The first webinar will take place on the 9th December and welcomes Donal Murphy, Technical Executive at NOAH to speak on “European threats and impacts on UK medicines legislation.”  Members will be sent further details and joining instructions in advance of each talk.

Non-members are welcome at any of the Regional Meetings and those wishing to join the association and avail of a range of other membership benefits, including the webinars, should email the secretariat at or by telephone on 07000 782 324.

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