More than 500 delegates attended the CVS annual conference at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

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From top: CVS’ annual conference saw talks, activities and awards as more than 500 delegates looked to the future.

The event’s focus was “routes to your future” and, following performance updates by members of the firm’s board, lectures around that theme took place.

Opportunities highlighted

The range of clinical and management career opportunities for employees offered by CVS’ growth and increasing presence in areas such as equine, large animal and referral practice, was highlighted by all of the speakers.

Following a question and answer session, where delegates were invited to put their questions directly to the board, talks on a range of clinical and practice management-related CPD took place.

There was also:

  • an update on feline nasal disease
  • a session on interventional cardiology
  • a talk on merchandising and personality profiling
  • a Blue Cross-run session on supporting clients through pet bereavement

On the Friday evening, delegates gathered for a gala dinner where the annual CVS Company Awards were presented with the help of broadcaster and former MP Giles Brandreth.

Growing diversity

CVS chief executive Simon Innes said: “It has been another good year for CVS as we continue to focus on being the largest and best provider of veterinary services to animal owners in the UK.

“We have experienced strong growth across the business and this growth, in turn, brings great opportunities for our people.

“The breadth, depth and growing diversity of CVS means whether colleagues are new graduates fresh from university, experienced clinicians who want a challenge, or skilled business managers or administrators who want to take their career in a new direction, we can offer them a pathway – and the training and support to help them meet their goal.

“We believe the range of career options we can offer to our colleagues is an increasingly important differentiator for CVS in a tough market place and hope it will help to encourage even more of our people to build a long-term future with us.”

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