Congratulations to nine veterinary nurses: Heidi Taylor (pictured right), Fiona Andrew, Rowena Batey, Stacy Brook, Johanna du Plessis, Lauren Emmett, Gemma Fisher, Rachel Forsyth and Jacqueline McMahon, who were amongst 22 veterinary professionals who have been awarded the Veterinary Management Group’s (VMG’s) new Level 5 Award in Veterinary Leadership and Management (AVLM).

The VMG created its Award, Certificate and Diploma in Veterinary Leadership & Management as part of its mission to equip and empower 21st century veterinary leaders.

Launched in 2021, the modular qualifications are accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management.

All awardees are now moving forward to the Certificate (CVLM) stage of the qualification.

The final stage is the Diploma (DVLM), typically achieved after two years.

Heidi Taylor RVN, Head of Nursing Services at Dick White Referrals in Cambridgeshire, said: “I found the module extremely insightful and useful in my day-to-day role.

"It has challenged me to reflect on my own performance and leadership style and given me a strong understanding of different leadership styles.

"I have used this to better understand my colleagues and to try and to adapt my approach, depending on the situation.”

She added: “Excellent support was provided and the online platform is user-friendly. 

"The content was broken down into manageable sections to avoid overwhelming us and I was able to complete my studies around my other commitments.

"I recommend this course to those looking to improve as a leader by developing greater self-awareness and their theoretical knowledge.” 

Learning and Development Manager at VMG, Dr Hannah Perrin said: “As challenging times continue, veterinary businesses across the UK need the skills, knowledge and experience of their leaders and managers.

"But leaders aren’t born – they need support to develop their skills.

"The CVLM programme incorporates the latest thinking in leadership and management, as well as addressing a range of contemporary issues, both sector-specific and affecting the wider business and social environment."

The next cohort will commence its studies in April 2022. More information is available here:

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