A weekend congress for head nurses and registered veterinary nurses aspiring to that role will be held by the College of Animal Welfare (CAW) in May.

The event, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, will provide 12 hours of CPD relevant to the duties of the head nurse in today’s modern veterinary practices.

Delegates will have the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of lectures including communication and leadership skills, managing conflict and bullying, increasing client and employee loyalty, maximising the use and talent of veterinary nurses in practice, influencing people, effective decision making and managing cash flow.

CAW marketing and development director Leslie Heaton-Smith said the college hoped the congress would enable those working in a head nurse role to return to practice feeling empowered to make positive changes.

“Veterinary nurse training is very intense and prepares nurses for the technical and professional capabilities that the profession demands,” he said.

“However, alongside technical skills, effective leadership and management plays a key role in maximising team performance, which ultimately benefits patient and client care”.

This year’s congress will be held at the CAW centre, Headland House, Chord Business Park, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. It costs £99 plus VAT.

A full agenda and further information can be found at www.caw.ac.uk/hnc or by calling 01480 422060.

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