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  • Interview the Boss with Stefanie Nickerson –...

    Interview the Boss with Stefanie Nickerson – Thornton Animal Clinic

    Want to come to work at a place that values supporting their community, and is part of a small town feel while also being up-to-date and modern?

    Posted: 11/04/2024

    Location

    Online via Zoom

    Date & Time

    18th April @ 19:30 EST

    Speakers

    Stefanie Nickerson
    Melanie Barham

    Could Thornton Animal Clinic be the right fit for you?

    Want to come to work at a place that values supporting their community, and is part of a small town feel while also being up-to-date and modern? 

    This practice’s clients are gems who own and love to support local, independent businesses, and value the new services and offerings at Thornton Animal Hospital. How did this come about? How can you be part of this cool place?

    Watch back our Interview the Boss with Dr. Stefanie Nickerson, owner of Thornton Animal Hospital. They are seeking a small animal vet for their practice. An interest in equine is possible to cultivate here (but not required) as Dr. Stef is an experienced equine vet who is rapidly expanding the equine side of Thornton. You’ll have the space and support to grow with your interests with a younger, innovative staff, and flexibility to leave work at work and enjoy life!

    I grew up in a city about 40 minutes outside of Toronto and since I was 8 have wanted to become a veterinarian (even though as a very young child I was terrified of dogs).

    My mom pushed me to get as much experience as I could in the field and because of her I started volunteering at a local small animal clinic when I was 13. I gained as much experience as possible before being accepted to the University of Guelph for my undergraduate degree in animal biology.

    While in my first year, I got my first taste of the horse world! I was 19 when I started hot walking for a trainer on the backstretch at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto and by the next year I was coming home on weekends from school to work with a backstretch veterinarian.

    I graduated from the University of Guelph in 2008 and in summer of 2009 I was accepted into the University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine. I lived in Ireland for 4 years to complete my degree in 2013 and remained an extra year to practice, working at a local clinic and shelter.

    Unfortunately, I was finding it difficult to transition into the racing world abroad and I felt like this was my true passion. I had kept in touch with my mentor at Woodbine (I had gone back every chance I had to gain experience) and in 2014 returned home to take a position with my mentor at Woodbine.

    I stayed in this position until about 2020 when I felt like I wanted to branch out and try new things and decided to move to a mixed practice. I stayed at a mixed practice for about 2 years and decided I wanted to go back to the racetrack on a part time basis while locuming in small animal medicine.

    This all changed however when I found out a local practice in my town, which I moved to about 5 years ago, was for sale. In May of 2023 I purchased Thornton Animal Clinic and have been there ever since working small animal and equine practice.

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  • Dive into the transformative world of coaching

    Dive into the transformative world of coaching

    Katie and Claire from Vet Empowered, joined Adrian from Vets Stay Go Diversify! for a power hour that will change the way you see personal development.

    Posted: 29/02/2024

    Location

    Online via Zoom

    Date & Time

    6 March 2024
    @ 19:00 GMT

    Speakers

    Katie Ford
    Claire Grigson
    Adrian Nelson-Pratt

    Dive into the transformative world of coaching

    Katie and Claire from Vet Empowered joined Adrian from Vets Stay Go Diversify! for a power hour that will change the way you see personal development.

    Together, they bust myths, unravel misconceptions, and share real-life stories of transformation.

    Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just dipping your toes into the coaching waters, this replay is for you.

    Discover the power of coaching, learn how to find the right coach, and how that could change things for you in your career and beyond.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore coaching from every angle.

    Katie Ford

    Katie is an experienced small animal vet, having graduated from Liverpool in 2012 and gaining her RCVS Certificate in Internal Medicine in 2017. She became passionate about opening conversations up around imposter syndrome and self-doubt following her own experiences in the veterinary profession, and trained as a coach with further study in a number of areas, as well as publishing a series of books. Katie grew a following of over 20,000 across social media as @katiefordvet, and is an international and keynote speaker, both in the vet profession and beyond. She co-founded Vet Empowered in 2020, offering personal development content and group coaching services, namely to recent graduates.

    As her businesses grew, she saw the importance of money mindset and financial independence, not only within her own clients but in making personal progress too. She joined VetYou as a co-director, helping to break down barriers around finances within the profession and to enable access to timely, expert financial advice.

    Throughout her career, Katie has picked up various other skills, from a Level 7 in Event Management (running VETstagram in 2020 and 2023) to a Digital Marketing Diploma. She has been nominated for several awards, from BrightMinds Influencer, MYTA Entrepreneur of The Year and Business Woman of The Year.

    She recently came to the end of studying for a Masters Degree in Emotional Wellbeing, and is currently undertaking an additional CMI Level 7 ICF coaching qualification to deepen her practice, particularly around trauma-informed and somatic coaching.

    Katie was awarded the RCVS Inspiration Award in 2023.

    Outside of the veterinary space, Katie regularly facilitates teambuilding, as well as speaking for a variety of companies. In 2023, she was honoured to speak alongside Jake and Damian from the High Performance Podcast and Times bestselling author, Roxie Nafousi. She has contributed to a number of press articles, including in the Telegraph and Reader’s Digest.

    Claire Grigson

    Claire graduated from RDSVS in 2007, and has spent time in small animal private practice, charity practice, management roles and ECC locum work. 

    After experiencing challenges in her personal life, including divorce and bereavement, she started to explore personal development, and participated in a life coaching group programme. The experience was so transformational for her, that she went on to train as a certified and accredited transformational life coach, so that she could support others to build a strong self-relationship, and become a creator in their own lives. 

    She then further niched down into dating & relationship coaching, and specialises in working with women who identify as having an anxious attachment style, supporting them to move towards earned secure attachment. 

     She is also co-founder of Vet Empowered alongside Katie Ford, and together they have been providing transformational group coaching and personal development to the profession for over 3 years. They connected after Claire sent Katie a voicenote in the Instagram DM’s, and since then their business has gone from strength to strength. 

     They support vet professionals to reconnect back to themselves (underneath the job roles and titles) and create a life that feels fulfilling for them, and are particularly passionate about working with new and recent graduates, to teach them the transformational tools that they wish they had been taught at the start of their careers. 

    When Claire isn’t running her businesses, you’ll find her walking with the wee dog ‘Cabbage’ (a legend in her own right), picking up vintage & charity shop finds, drinking chai latte,or dancing in her kitchen.

    Adrian Nelson-Pratt

    Adrian is a professional coach, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, business owner and veterinarian with nearly 25 years’ experience in the veterinary profession. He has been coaching and training teams for over 15 years.  He has coached over 100 people to successful career changes.

    He brings significant commercial and marketing expertise to any project, with 10 years of management experience at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Colgate Palmolive.

    Recognised as a thought leader in the veterinary industry, he has been invited to speak at numerous international seminars, events, Universities and company programmes. Adrian is also a Director at Vets, Stay, Go, Diversify.

    “Coaching is goal led, believing in the infinite resourcefulness of the coaching client. I take enormous joy in watching my clients achieve their dreams, change their lives and find happiness. I’d love to coach you too.”

    Vet Empowered

    Vet Empowered is a veterinary-led, personal development and coaching game changer, founded by Katie Ford and Claire Grigson in 2020. We have over 25years’ experience in practice, and still continue to work on the ground too.

    We offer the transformational Vet Empowered Signature Programme veterinary group coaching experience, workshops, 1:1 coaching, events and bespoke packages to boost confidence and allow individuals to thrive. We have been privileged to work alongside a number of companies in the veterinary space and beyond, being trusted to help provide their colleague support.

    ​Above all, we value authenticity, compassion and energy. Vetmed needs genuine connection, and we believe in being ‘real’. Our work goes way beyond the consult room, we do not care how many extra qualifications that you have – we treat you as a human.

    ​”We truly believe that everyone should have the chance to reconnect with themselves and understand what is truly important to them as individuals, treating themselves with compassion as they raise their self-awareness. The gift of coaching and holding space to consider this can be pivotal both inside and outside of work. We work with people beyond their job titles, and feel privileged that our veterinary experience adds in a relatable, mentorship aspect to our work too. Although we have worked with a wide range of professionals, we find that the majority of our clients are early career professionals; a fantastic time to go through this experience.”

    ​Katie Ford & Claire Grigson – Vet Empowered Founders

    Both founders of Vet Empowered have experienced the lifechanging effects of coaching, and still continue to work with their own coaches and mentors.

    Whilst Vet Empowered started as Katie and Claire, they have now expanded and are pleased to welcome a number of support coaches, as well as a wonderful admin support team.

    Vet Empowered was a finalist for the Manchester Young Talent Awards Entrepreneurial Initiative of the Year in 2023.

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  • Perfectionism in Vet Med

    Perfectionism in Vet Med

    Watch back our conversation with Sharon Cooksey, a combo career Q & A crossed with an interview about some very cool research looking into perfectionism.

    Posted: 31/01/2024

    Location

    Online via Zoom

    Date & Time

    22nd February 2024
    @ 19:00 GMT

    Speakers

    Sharon Cooksey
    Melanie Barham

    Perfectionism in Vet Med

    Watch back our conversation with Sharon Cooksey, a combo career Q & A crossed with an interview about some very cool research looking into perfectionism.

    Learn more about Sharon’s squiggly career- from practice to academia to MBA to PhD!

    AND hear ore about some fantastic research looking into perfectionism in vet med. What do we know right now in the literature and what is this research hoping to find out?

    Sharon Cooksey

    Sharon qualified as a veterinary surgeon and took up a position at the Royal Veterinary College, UK, initially as an intern, then as a temporary resident in equine surgery. She worked for 17 years as a practising equine (& large animal) vet, with interests in equine surgery and dentistry. She was instrumental in setting up and growing the business of a large equine hospital practice in the Midlands.

    In 2007, Sharon moved into the medical instrument industry providing technical support for marketing and sales teams. Subsequently, she held management positions in pharmaceutical (animal health) MNCs, including marketing, product management, sales, technical support, and team leader roles.

    Sharon is now a PhD postgrad researcher at the University of Liverpool focussing on occupational psychology, specifically the effect of the implicit achievement motive on working veterinary professionals’ mental health and retention. She also works part-time as a Global Practitioner at the University of Strathclyde Business School teaching MBA and MSc courses.

    A significant (and best!) part of all her roles has been teaching/training, coaching, and support for customers (vets, vet nurses, and animal owners), students, and colleagues.

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  • Podcasting and Veterinary Nutrition: the surprising squiggle...

    Podcasting and Veterinary Nutrition: the surprising squiggle of Dr. Sprinkle

    Watch back our Career Q and A with Dr. Megan Sprinkle, podcaster in the veterinary world and veterinary nutritionist, and so much more.

    Posted: 24/01/2024

    Location

    Online via Zoom

    Date & Time

    6th February
    20:00 ET

    Speaker & Host

    Dr. Megan Sprinkle
    Dr. Melanie Barham

    Podcasting and Veterinary Nutrition: the surprising squiggle of Dr. Sprinkle

    Host Dr. Melanie Barham spoke with Megan about what she’s learned interviewing over 150 fascinating veterinarians about their careers, how Megan squiggled her career to diversify, and more.

    Dr. Megan Sprinkle

    Dr. Megan Sprinkle is a veterinarian, dog mom, and entrepreneur. She received her DVM from Auburn University and completed a clinical nutrition residency at the University of Missouri.

    Dr. Sprinkle has worked in clinics as well as worked over 6 years in the pet nutrition industry with Royal Canin and currently with BSM Partners, the largest pet industry consulting firm. With BSM Partners, she serves as a nutrition consultant and marketing strategist. One of Dr. Sprinkle’s biggest passions is supporting the veterinary industry, so she founded the Vet Life Reimagined podcast.

    Dr. Sprinkle is co-founder of a 3D printing company with her husband and loves working with startups. She is also president of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN).

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  • Is change possible in vet med workplaces?

    Is change possible in vet med workplaces?

    Are you questioning if its even possible to work in a supportive workplace in vet med? Wondering "Maybe it's me? Maybe it's just vet med?" Jenny Guyat and Cat Auden joined us for an interactive talk about what you can do as an individual or team member to thrive in vet med using Human Factors.

    Posted: 23/01/2024

    Location

    Online via Zoom

    Date & Time

    31st January 2024
    @ 19:30 GMT

    Speakers

    Cat Auden
    Jenny Guyat
    Melanie Barham

    Is change possible in vet med workplaces?

    Are you questioning if it’s even possible to work in a supportive workplace in vet med?  Wondering “Maybe it’s me?  Maybe it’s just vet med?”

    Then join Jenny Guyat and Cat Auden for an interactive talk about what you can do as an individual or team member to thrive in vet med using Human Factors. 

    Learn about Human Factors and how the framework and techniques apply to individuals and teams who want to create positive, supportive workplaces. We’ll also talk about workplaces that are applying Human Factors and how they are seeing changes in their teams.  

    Designed for all members of veterinary teams. 

    Cat Auden

    VetLed Managing Director, Cat Auden, is a veterinary surgeon who combines her experience in practice with a passion for optimising clinical performance.

    Cat loves to show veterinary teams how understanding Human Factors is imperative to performing at our best as clinicians. She believes that to give our patients the best care, we need to understand how we work, why we work, and how making small adjustments can make a big difference… to ourselves, our teams, and our patients.

    Cat is keen to see how we can grow and develop as a profession through learning from and collaborating with other caring yet safety-critical professions and has a particular interest in the concept of psychological safety in the workplace and its impact on team performance.

    Dr Jenny Guyat BVetMed MRCVS

    VetLed Trainer and Culture Lead, Jenny Guyat is a former ECC vet and an ICF-accredited professional coach.

    She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, speaker, and Director of Vet Harmony, a career and life alignment service for veterinary professionals.

    Jenny is a Certified HBDI psychometric profiling practitioner and specialises in guiding people through career and life crossroads, helping them connect deeply to who they are and what they want, working on mindset changes, and establishing good life balance.

    She weaves into her work a wide range of tools from her varied background in veterinary practice management, high-level communication skills, and her intuitive coaching skills whether working with individuals or with practices.

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  • Caring for the Caregiver: The True Impact...

    Caring for the Caregiver: The True Impact of Wellbeing on Patient Safety and Team Performance

    Mel Barham hosted Dan Tipney, Training Director at VetLed, who gave his expert take on the subject of wellbeing and its impact throughout the veterinary profession.

    Posted: 16/01/2024

    Location

    Online via Zoom

    Date & Time

    24th January
    @ 19:30 GMT

    Speakers

    Dan Tipney
    Melanie Barham

    Improving patient safety and team performance with your secret weapon: Human Factors

    Ever have a case that didn’t go well, even though everyone knows their job and has great technical skills?  
     
    Pilot and Director at VetLed Dan Tipney joined host Mel for an interactive talk about how teams and individuals can improve patient safety AND team performance… and the answer isn’t checklists or more paperwork.  They talked about Human Factors, what they are, how the frameworks can transform your team’s outcomes, and practically, how to get started.

    This is a great watch-back for all members of the veterinary team.  

    Dan Tipney

    As a former international athlete and coach, airline pilot, and Human Factors trainer, Dan Tipney provides a wealth of experience across numerous disciplines.

    Drawing on these insights, Dan now brings his expertise to veterinary teams, delivering profession-relevant Human Factors training as Training Director at VetLed.

    Across all fields, Dan has consistently observed positive change as a direct result of non-technical factors such as leadership, communication, well-being, and in particular positive organisational culture.

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  • Interview the Boss with Aoife Reid –...

    Interview the Boss with Aoife Reid – Want a real Advant-Edge in ECC?

    Watch back our interview with Aoife Reid, Head of Edge Programmes and Clinical Career Progressions to find out more about opportunities and widening access to ECC.

    Posted: 09/01/2024

    Location

    Online via Zoom

    Date & Time

    16th January @ 19:30pm GMT

    Speakers

    Aoife Reid
    Adrian Nelson-Pratt

    Want a real Advant-Edge in ECC?

    Have you had a hankering for ECC work, but felt you don’t have the skills to dive in? Perhaps you’re looking at ECC as flexible work around other responsibilities?

    Watch back our interview with Aoife Reid, Head of Edge Programmes and Clinical Career Progressions to find out more about opportunities and widening access to ECC. 

    Advant-Edge is a structured, two-week, paid induction programme designed by ECC diplomats to help make the transition into ECC work as smooth as possible. Course leader Aoife Reid and host Adrian will explore the opportunities this creates for experienced vets to join Vets Now in full time and part-time roles.

    We’ll include:

    • How the course supports vets, typically with 3 or more years of experience, to up-skill in ECC and join the Vets Now teams in jobs across the UK
    • How Vets Now work to assess your experience and find you the most suitable programme
    • How the course is structured, with a week at Support Office in Dunfermline, a week using online resources, and a surgical wet lab to hone practical skills.
    • When the intakes are and how that is woven into the job at Vets Now
    • What makes Advant-Edge so special, setting you up for success from the start through new friendships, support structures, and the benefits of Vets Now employee programmes.

    Advant-Edge is a great way to explore a career in ECC, so come and join the chat, ask any questions you have, and as always, enjoy the networking!

    Dr. Aoife Reid   MVB CertAVP(ECC) MSc(VetEd) MAcadMEd FHEA MRCVS
    Head of Edge Programmes and Clinical Career Progression

    Aoife Reid graduated from University College Dublin in 2001. She spent some time in equine, mixed practice and small animal practice.

    She entered small animal emergency practice in 2006 and has worked in this area ever since. She joined Vets Now in 2009 and was appointed Head of Edge Programmes in 2014.

    Aoife has completed her CertAVP (ECC) and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Emergency and Critical Care.  Aoife has overall responsibility for the Vets Now Edge induction programmes, including Cutting Edge and AdvantEdge. She is a Member of the Academy of Medical Educators, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Masters in Veterinary Education.

    She also works part-time for Pet Bloodbank UK as part of the Scottish regional blood collection team. She is passionate about lifelong learning in the veterinary sector.

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  • Interview the Team – Veterinary Professional Preceptor...

    Interview the Team – Veterinary Professional Preceptor roles at Harper & Keele Vet School

    Watch back the conversation Adrian had with members of the Preceptor team.
    They talked about how the team has formed and performed over the last six months, what’s been learned in implementing the Preceptor concept, both by the University and the students.

    Posted: 03/01/2024

    Location

    Online, Zoom

    Date & Time

    11th January 2024
    7:30pm GMT

    Speakers

    Joke Maes
    Hannah Sampson
    Hannah Greaves
    Lorien Waterer
    Hosted by Adrian Nelson-Pratt

    Interview the Team - Veterinary Professional Preceptor roles at Harper & Keele Vet School

    It’s time for an update and adding new Preceptors to the team!

    You may remember from 2023 that VSGD worked with Mike Cathcart and the team at Harper & Keele to build the job spec and recruit for the Preceptor roles. We ran a series of events and had great engagement from the community about this role, unique as it was at the time.

    What’s the state of play after being in the role for 6 months? What’s the impact and what opportunities are there for new Preceptors? It’s an ideal first job in academia for vets and vet nurses with a focus on the coaching, development and employability of the students.

    The conversation covered how the team has formed and performed over the last six months, what’s been learned in implementing the Preceptor concept, both by the University and the students.

    Joke Maes

    After graduating in Ghent (Belgium), Joke moved to the UK in 1998. She enjoyed working in mixed and later small animal practice. Joke took several career breaks to care for her family and pursued different career paths. She returned to Veterinary Medicine and worked in a rural Small Animal Practice for 10 years before taking on the Role of Preceptor at HKVS. An interest in personal wellbeing and human factors encouraged her to find a position where these values are at the core of every working day.

    Hannah Sampson

    Hannah graduated as a vet from the RVC in 2001 and then worked in practice until 2023. For 16 years Hannah was a partner in an independent mixed practice and part of her role involved team development and training. This sparked an interest in interpersonal dynamics and wellbeing, motivating her to pursue a psychology MSc which she completed in 2023. She works part-time in the Preceptor role, alongside locum work, caring commitments and volunteering.

    Hannah Greaves

    After starting her first job in practice at the age of 16, Hannah continued to develop her skills and experience in several small animal and equine practices.

    After 8 years veterinary nursing Hannah followed her passion for training student nurses and started a role teaching. Since then, Hannah has spent the past 8 years teaching, assessing, quality-assuring the veterinary nursing dip and BSc (Hons), and supporting students in the workplace.

    Having worked in many roles her main passion has been supporting students 1:1, Hannah finds it very rewarding seeing each student develop their skills so they can achieve their goals. Hannah was delighted to start the role as a Veterinary Professional Preceptor to support our future Vets.

    Lorien Waterer

    Lorien’s had a diverse 12-year career as an omnicompetent GP Vet across the species and loves being a Vet!

    Her curiosity of the ‘person behind the Vet’ led to further studies to become a Personal Performance Coach, NLP Practitioner, and DISC personality profiler. Integrating all these workplace experiences, she’s now helping pave a sustainable and essential team role in Veterinary Education to support the Vet students of today to be the Vets of our profession’s future.

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  • Interview the Team – University of Oxford...

    Interview the Team – University of Oxford – Department of Biomedical Services

    This one’s for the Vet Nurses out there! If you’re an experienced vet nurse who’s highly competent in anaesthesia and with strong communication skills, then the Technical Training Manager role could be the next career step you’re looking for.

    Posted: 30/11/2023

    Location

    Online via Zoom

    Date & Time

    12th December
    19:30 GMT

    Speakers & Host

    Ellen, Laura, Andrew and Steven
    Hosted by Melanie Barham

    Could the Technical Training Manager role be for you?

    This one’s for the Vet Nurses out there! If you’re an experienced vet nurse who’s highly competent in anaesthesia and with strong communication skills, then the Technical Training Manager role could be the next career step you’re looking for.

    Watch back the conversation Mel had with Ellen, Laura, Andrew and Steven from the Department of Biomedical Sciences. They explored the role and the impact this newly created job could have on the research efforts of the whole University.

    Here’s a few of their talking points:

    • The kind of work that the BMS group does and the global impact for human and animal health.
    • The ideal candidate and the impact they could have on welfare through training and compliance. Few roles offer the chance to influence animal welfare at this scale.
    • How the skills that experienced RVNs use everyday in clinic could translate into a new opportunity, training licensed technicians in anaesthesia across multiple species and creating the training and compliance plan for the department.
    • A typical day in the life working alongside the Named Veterinary Surgeon and how the new role will fit in with multiple stakeholders.
    • The remuneration and training opportunities.

    Ellen Meek

    I have held several roles across various fields since I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007 so my career has definitely been a stay, go and diversify story! I spent six years in small animal clinical practice before deciding to follow my passion for science communication, completing an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London whilst continuing to locum as a small animal vet. This led me first to roles in research administration and public engagement at the University of Oxford and then on to roles in research funding portfolio, project and programme management at the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

     I have now come full circle from ‘go’ to ‘diversify’ and have returned back to the University of Oxford as Head of Compliance for the Department of Biomedical Services. In this new role I am able to combine my experience of policy development, programme and change management from my roles at EPSRC and UKRI, and my drive to make an impact on animal welfare that has never left me since my early days in clinical practice.

    Laura Henderson

    I’m an Australian vet who has been in the UK for three years now. I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2019 and then worked in mixed practice in Victoria, Australia.

    Since coming to the UK, I have worked at the RSPCA, and I am part way into completing a Master of Veterinary Science (Research).

    I recently started as a Named Veterinary Surgeon at the University of Oxford at the beginning of 2023. I was hesitant about moving away from clinical practice, but my role as an NVS is much more interesting than I thought it would be!  My day-to-day is very diverse, I get to work with a lot of interesting people on groundbreaking things, and I make a tangible impact on animal welfare to a much greater extent than I ever could in practice!

    Stephen Woodley

    I started my career as an animal technologist in 2002 working as a Junior Animal Technologist at University College London (UCL) whilst studying. During my time at UCL I worked in several roles eventually becoming a Facility Manager. In 2015 I left UCL to work at King’s College London (KCL) as a Site Manager and eventually held the role as Director of Biological Services and a Home Office Project Licence Holder.

    2016 I was awarded the AALAC International Fellowship Award. In 2019 was jointly awarded the Andrew Blake Tribute Award for our work on the reduction of tick over colonies through cryopreservation methods.

     October 2022, I embarked on a new role as Head of Research Delivery, Biomedical Services where I oversee research support and operations provided by the technical team. The team consists of 105 staff performing  a variety of different roles and disciplines. My main objective for the team is to help diversify our portfolio to further support staff and departmental development. 

    I am currently studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA) which has been supported by the University of Oxford. 

    Andrew Emberton

    I began working with non-human primates (NHP’s) in Oxford as an animal technician in 2005, where I gained a valuable insight into the life experience and complex welfare needs of laboratory NHP’s. During my time in this role, I have worked with several different research groups, where I  gained considerable knowledge and experience of positive reinforcement training methods for laboratory NHP’s. Due to this experience, and with the support from the department of Biomedical Services (BMS), my usual role is the NHP training manager, where I support the research community with their investigations into the neural mechanisms of visual processing and decision making, by training NHP’s to cooperate with electrophysiology, and fMRI experiments.

     I am currently the acting NHP facility manager, where I am using my combined knowledge of NHP husbandry / welfare / behaviour, and research requirements to support both the care / welfare of the animals, and the research community with these prerequisites of experimental research.

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  • Designing a life that works- entrepreneurship in...

    Designing a life that works- entrepreneurship in equine vet med

    If you’ve ever dreamed of owning or running an equine practice, or want a more sustainable career, this panel is for you!

    Posted: 29/11/2023

    Location

    Online via Zoom

    Date & Time

    7th of February 2024
    7:00 pm GMT

    Speakers

    Peadar Ó Scanaill
    Liz Somerville
    Alan Hough
    Carolyn Wyse
    Melanie Barham

    Designing a life that works- entrepreneurship in equine vet med

    Is equine practice the most flexible option for a sustainable veterinary career?

    If you’ve ever dreamed of owning or running an equine practice, or want a more sustainable career, this panel is for you!

    Join entrepreneurs and equine vets who make equine practice work for them, and have built lives they love.  Sure, it’s not all sunshine and horse shows (or is it?) but these fab people have found ways to design their life and work.

     

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    Meet the panelists

    Liz Somerville - BSc (Hons) PgCert VBM, Loch Leven Equine Practice

     

    Liz is the Managing Director and alongside her husband is one of the founding partners at Loch Leven Equine Practice, which was set up in 2005. The practice has grown from a one vet ambulatory practice to a thriving team of 15 people, working from a purpose-built clinic with full surgical facilities.

    In 2018 Liz completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Business Management with Liverpool University. Liz is also a Director for the Veterinary Management Group and is their incoming President. Passionate about all aspects of practice management in the veterinary industry, and keen to support others in leadership roles, Liz is particularly interested in the wellbeing of the whole practice team and creating a culture where the team can thrive in their individual roles.

    Alan Hough

    Alan graduated from University College Dublin in 2005. He spent 2 years in mixed practice in Devon and then a further two years in equine practice in Hampshire. During this time he completed a postgraduate certificate in Equine Practice and was selected as one of three national finalists for the then Petplan Equine Vet of the Year awards.

    Between 2009 and 2010 Alan locumed for multiple equine and small animal practices gaining experience in different practice types. In October 2010 Alan opened “Celtic Equine Vets” from an old outbuilding at his home with his now practice manager working 4 hours a day manning the office phone.

    Celtic Equine established a strong USP as the local practice that brought hospital-grade technology and expertise to its clients’ premises and through this, the practice has now grown to 4 full-time vets and 4 office team, and over 1500 clients. The practice recently invested a quarter of a million pounds in providing every vet with their own portable HD ultrasound scanner and their own portable HD digital x-ray units. The practice has been nominated by its clients for multiple regional and national awards culminating in winning the Equine Vet Practice of the Year 2023 award.

    Peadar Ó Scanaill MVB, MRCVS

    I’ve spent over 30 years in vet practice, being a second generation vet, with veterinary medicine on both sides of the family (they called that a thoroughbred in veterinary college) Two of my children and my niece are carrying the veterinary profession into the next generation of the family.

    Initially, I worked in Cornwall in mixed practice before returning to run the family practice after the death of my uncle in 1988.

    My interest lies in equine practice but the family business covers all aspects of veterinary medicine across all species. Hence it has been a most enjoyable and extraordinarily varied caseload that we’ve handled over the years, leading to a very wide understanding of what veterinary practice means in Ireland.

    I entered veterinary politics almost 20 years ago and was elected by my peers to serve eight years on the Veterinary Council and sat as Council President and Deputy President for four of those years.

    I also set up and chaired the Veterinary and Welfare Commission , the integrity body of standardbred racing in Ireland.

    I have acted as treating veterinarian for the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS every year for over 30 years and I also do veterinary racecourse duties for Fairyhouse, Navan and Leopardstown races.

    My hobbies and interests include Gaelic football and hurling, rugby, tennis and horseriding.

    Carolyn Wyse

    I grew up in France and always knew I wanted to be a horse vet, spending my evenings and weekends riding and looking after horses at the local riding school from an early age!

    When I passed my Baccalaureat (which at the time was not widely accepted by UK universities), I struggled to get an offer from Vet schools in the UK so ended up at Bristol University studying Biochemistry, Equine Anatomy, and Physiology. Qualifying with a Bachelor of Science in 2004,  I decided very quickly I was still keen to be a vet so I borrowed as much as I could and started my vet degree at Edinburgh University which offered me a place as a “mature” student.

    I qualified in 2009 and immediately flew off to Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Centre in California where I spent a year as an intern. This internship gave me the best start to my career and was the absolute foundation for my work ethic, experience and passion for equine veterinary medicine.

    After a year there, I moved to Suffolk and spent 12 years working for a fabulous equine clinic, building my skill set and consolidating my knowledge. I grew from a fairly new graduate to a Cert AVP holder in Equine Medicine.

    After the clinic was sold to a large corporate, I felt lost and dissatisfied about the lack of opportunities and progression I was now faced with, so I spent a year locuming which was the push I needed to realise that ultimately, Equine practice is only fun when you are free and flexible to treat horses and clients how you see fit and when you can work with a team who have the same ethos. I have a family and two young children, I want to love my job and I love the flexibility and hard work that ownership brings.

    Linkswood Equine Vets opened 16 months ago and we have been incredibly lucky to be extremely busy from the day we opened. We work very hard but manage our workload around our families and lives, which is the beauty of ownership.

    Equine veterinary medicine does not have to be all work and no play and I am determined that we remember this as we grow! Ultimately, our clients are absolutely amazing and supportive and our relationship with them is what makes equine practice a pleasure to work in, in my humble opinion! 

    We are also thrilled to be sponsored by Cassadol, makers of practice management software for solo equine practitioners.

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