Gemma Fisher RVN, Head Nurse at The Animal Clinic in Blackheath, London, has been awarded the first Level 5 Diploma in Veterinary Leadership and Management (DVLM) from the Veterinary Management Group (VMG).

Launched by the VMG in 2021, the VMG Veterinary Leadership and Management course has three levels, the Award, the Certificate and the Diploma. 

There are 151 Award holders, 39 Certificate holders and now one holder of the Diploma.

144 veterinary professionals are currently studying for the CVLM, which is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). 

In addition to the core modules, participants also select an additional topic tailored to their current or future needs, such as practice finance, HR, mental health and leading change.

Gemma said: “I wanted to study for the full qualification because I’m very interested in the whole subject of practice management and I really love learning.

"I experienced a few lightbulb moments, especially early on in the course when I was trying to work out what kind of leader I was. 

"This section of the course opened my eyes to different leadership styles and the type of leader I wanted to become.

"I put this into practice over time, so when I came to study the team management section towards the end of my course, I could see my development over the past two years.” 

She added: “Overall, I found the course very enjoyable. There is time to really dig into each topic and many different modules to choose from.  The support on offer from the tutors is also excellent.”

The deadline for registration for the Winter term is 31st October.

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