Members of staff at the north east’s largest veterinary group have returned from an all-expenses paid trip to the 2016 North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) conference.
As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, Westway Veterinary Group sent three staff members to the five-day conference in Orlando, Florida.
Rewarding hard work
Westway bosses wanted to reward the hard work of staff, so put all their employees’ names into a hat – and vet Abbey Taylor, RVN Anna Soulsby and receptionist Karla Edgar won the right to attend the annual conference, which attracts members of the veterinary profession from all over the world. They were joined by Westway director Jason Atherton.
NAVC is a non-profit organisation providing world-class professional development and support services to educate and connect the global veterinary community.
Anna said: “It was a fantastic opportunity and I learned so much when I was out there. There was a huge variety of lectures on hundreds of different topics. I attended talks on animal behaviour, nursing care for critically ill patients and also separation anxiety in pets.
“We all gained so much out of it and it was a great way to expand our knowledge and skills as part of our CPD.”
Marking a milestone
Westway Veterinary Group was established on Newcastle’s West Road in 1975.
Director Nick Myerscough said: “We wanted to reward staff for all their hard work during the year, as well as celebrate our milestone anniversary.
“The opportunity to go to the conference in America was also a good way of continuing their veterinary education and making sure we offer the best service and care for animals brought into our surgeries.
“It is the biggest veterinary congress in the world so this was a fantastic opportunity for them they will never forget.”