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2018 SPVS and VMG Combined CPD Programme

Our 2018 programme of business and non-clinical CPD courses is now open for registration. We’ll be holding 16 regional training days across the country covering a wide-range of subjects from marketing to people management, finance to health and safety.

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Facebook Focus CPD

With Susie Samuel Vet Help Direct

A practice’s Facebook page is becoming almost as important as their website as a tool to attract new clients and bond with existing ones. It is the human face of your practice where you can exchange photographs and tips and keep your followers up to date with practice news. Most of your staff will also have their own online personal public profile and Susie will discuss the key elements of a staff social media policy.

This course is aimed at those taking on responsibility for their practice Facebook page or those who are already managing it, but would like to take it to a new level. Susie will share techniques to make your page look good and explain how to maximise your hits and convert likes to engagement. She will cover promoting your page, pinning, tabs and highlighting, scheduling and social network aggregating. Finally, she will consider how to deal effectively with negative comments and guard your online reputation with the opportunity to share experience – both good and bad – with other practices.

Who will benefit: Anyone with a responsibility for their practice’s online presence.

Cost: SPVS and VMG members - £195 plus VAT

Includes CPD Certificate, lunch and refreshments
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Focus on Practice Finance


Tuesday 19th June 2018, Ricoh Arena Coventry
(Judds Ln, Coventry CV6 6GE)

How do you set the right price for your products and services - that is, one that delivers value for your clients and profit for the practice?

Too many businesses set prices to compete with their neighbours when the starting point should be how much profit you need to make.

Join Nick Steele, Zoetis, at the SPVS-VMG Focus on Practice Finance CPD day as he brings insight from Profit Solver to make national comparisons and help you understand some of the common challenges and misconceptions around pricing. He will offer an off the shelf approach which you can adopt within your practice.

Nick will also discuss how to Manage and Motivate the Team to Drive Performance. Using dermatology as a case study he will show how setting goals and strategy, monitoring progress by tracking key figures and then identifying successes and failures can lift profit. A key part of the process is engaging and empowering the practice team by setting clearly defined and measurable targets with a clearly defined plan for how these might be achieved. This will include a strategy for communicating and engaging with clients and a clear pricing policy. This model can then be applied to other areas of both clinical and preventative medicine within practice.

Nick will be joined on the day by an impressive line-up of speakers including Anita Bates, VetShare Buying Group/ MiVetClub; Colm McGinn, XLVet UK; Matt Diffey, Pets at Home ; Tracey-Morley-Jewkes, Blacks Vets; Mark O’Byrne, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Marcus Evans, @cvsukltd and Alan Robinson from Vet Dynamics

The day will also include a focused exhibition that will include PMS providers, business and marketing consultants, accountancy firms and finance companies.

Cost: members of SPVS or VPMA: £130.00 + VAT. Non-members: £185.00 + VAT.


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