Four staff members from White Cross Vets are the first veterinary clinic directors and nurses in the country to achieve an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification.

Clinic directors Lorna Siddons from the company’s practice in Walkden, Manchester, Bonnie Leibowitch from Tividale, Birmingham, Rod Beardshall, from Guiseley, Leeds and Amanda Hatfield who is Guiseley’s head nurse, have all achieved the qualification. 

The four are the first White Cross Vets team members to graduate from the internationally recognised qualification, which helps them to become excellent managers.

Every clinic director and head nurse is now participating in the course, which includes training sessions around the country.

White Cross Vets also flew its entire management team of 38 to Monaco to participate in additional training.

Managing director Tim Harrison said: “We believe we were the first veterinary practice to offer such a qualification and we are extremely proud our family owned group of practices can deliver internationally recognised qualifications at such a level. This will ultimately benefit all our team as well as our clients.

“Skilled managers and leaders hold the key to creating productive and engaged teams, and with the knowledge and practical skills they have developed, Rod, Amanda, Bonnie and Lorna will make a positive impact on our practices.”

The ILM is Europe’s foremost leadership and management body, offering industry-recognised qualifications for all career levels. White Cross Vets employs 105 people at its 13 practices and is one of the fastest growing veterinary groups in the UK.

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