Clinics looking to nominate their practice manager for the UK’s top management accolade are being urged to pay heed to the February deadline for applications.

Clinics looking to nominate their practice manager for the UK’s top management accolade are being urged to pay heed to the February deadline for applications.

Practice Manager of the Year 2012The Veterinary Business Journal‘s Practice Manager of the Year award is presented in association with Petplan and is supported by both SPVS and the VPMA.

Three finalists will be chosen and the winner announced at the annual Petplan Veterinary Awards in April 2012, but application forms must be filled out and submitted for judging by February 10.

Candidates are assessed on their competency in areas such as:

  • Staff development,
  • Financial strategy, and
  • marketing initiative.

Denise Coston, Practice Manager of the Year 2011, from Castle Veterinary Surgeons in County Durham.2011 winner Denise Coston is practice manager at Castle Veterinary Surgeons in County Durham.

She said: “I would say to anyone thinking of nominating their practice manager: ‘just do it’. The role of practice manager varies in each practice and can be hard to quantify with specific measures, but it means a lot to celebrate someone getting it right.

“Winning this award has meant a lot to me because it makes you feel valued. It is an excellent way to promote the role of practice manager and it is great to get recognition alongside vets and nurses.”

Ms Coston said the award had brought local and national recognition to the practice, as well as encouraging comments from clients. “Overall it gave us a real feel good factor,” she added.

Robin Fearon, editor of the VBJ, called the award programme an excellent opportunity for practice managers to be rewarded for all their hard work. He said: “These awards are so important in promoting the role and highlighting the crucial part that managers play in practice strategy and success – we can’t wait to see your nominations.”

 

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