Vets Stay! CPD
In partnership with Vets: Stay, Go Diversify!
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales, Saturday 26th January 2019
Chair: Ebony Escalona, Brooke and Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify
Are you looking to map your next career move? If so, why not enrol on our CPD course on Saturday 26th January as part of VMG-SPVS Congress 2019. This is available as a stand alone training day at our usual CPD cost for anyone who only wants to attend this stream. This really is excellent value as your pass would also allow access to the Congress exhibition of over 70 trade stands.
Programme for the day:
Stay With a Twist
Panel Session with Ebony Escalona, Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify; Nuala Summerfield, Virtual Veterinary Specialists; Fran Dunn, South Devon Referrals and Phillipa Page, Flock Health
Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify tapped into a huge appetite from young (and not so young) vets who were unsure of what direction their career should take. Sometimes this was disillusion with the reality of vet practice, sometimes just curiosity as to what options are out there. Does staying in clinical practice have to mean traditional first opinion practice vs further qualifications to become a specialist? In this session, Ebony Escalona talks to vets who have taken non-traditional routes, but remained in clinical practice, from a large animal peripatetic consultant to running a telemedicine service and including one vet who left the profession to train as an accountant… and then came back!
Making the GP Role Your Own
Lynne Gaskarth, Drove Vets
Is being a general practitioner still a valid career choice? Are you underachieving if you don’t specialise? Autonomy, mastery and purpose are often cited as factors leading to job fulfilment. But what are they and can you achieve them in general practice? Lynne Gaskarth, an owner of a first opinion practice, believes passionately that vets can still find fulfilment within first opinion practice. She is joined by two of her GPs who will discuss how to proactively progress within the role, looking for and engaging with opportunities to broaden your role, contribute to the business and achieve career satisfaction.
To Own or not to Own?
Jerry Dunne, Medivet; Struan Henderson, IVC; Amy Dyce, Vets4Pets; Sally Wilson, Evolution Farm Vets
With the increase in corporate practice ownership and diversification, the ownership landscape has become more complex. Is it an option which you should consider? Where do you start? Is independent practice a thing of the past, or of the future? Could joint venture partnerships be the best approach? Should you aim for a clinical directorship within a larger group? In this session representatives from Medivet, Vets4Pets, independent practice and IVC explain why they the choices they did, the hurdles they faced and the long-run pros and cons of their career path.
Developing your Career as a Locum
Ben Sweeney, Simply Locums
Can locum work provide better remuneration and a work-life balance within your control? Are you prepared for the challenges of independent working? What must you consider before choosing a locum career? Ben Sweeney, a vet, locum and founder of Simply Locums, will explore how to prepare mentally, considering what type of person makes an effective locum; how to plan your work commitments while maintaining a work-life balance and holiday allowance; and how to strategically develop your skills and ensure career development, maintaining alignment between your individual purpose and responsible contribution to the business purpose of those organisations you choose to work for.
How to Be a Successful Working Couple
Liz Barton, VetsNet and VetsMums plus case study couple
Does having children still mark the end of one partner’s career? The struggle to find a workable and satisfactory solution to dual parent working remains an issue within the profession and often it is still the Mum who gives up full time work and career progression to be the main parent. Liz Barton, founder of VetsNet and VetMums, discusses the challenges working parents face and practical solutions to help achieve the best outcome for parents, family and businesses.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer, join us for the whole of Congress – click here for more details and to register.