Royal Canin has continued its support of the regional CPD programme organised by the VPMA and SPVS, in partnership with Bayer, and will be kick-starting spring with “future proofing your business”, “front of house” and “being a fair boss”.

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The sessions aim to help delegates with first impressions as well as managing staff effectively.

On Wednesday 1 March in Solihull, the one-day course titled “Is your business future proof?” will explore how to plan for the future, the pros and cons of partnership, selling internally or externally and steps to increase the business’ valuation.

Practical courses

On 15 March in Newbury, Royal Canin’s Clare Hemmings and Emma Mapletoft from Bayer will deliver a practical and interactive course on “First and last impressions”.

The pair will guide those responsible for front of house and retailing through marketing messaging, making the most of retail space and leaving a lasting impression with clients.

On 29 March, “How to be a fair, reasonable and legal boss” is aimed at any owner or manager wishing to create elite teams within their practice.

This course will explore:

  • how to recruit effectively
  • employment contracts
  • dealing with problem staff fairly and legally


Places on the courses can be booked by telephoning 01453 872731 or by visiting the VPMA SPVS events website.

Workshops cost £275 plus VAT for non-members and £195 plus VAT for VPMA and SPVS members (group/bulk booking discounts are also available). Cost includes CPD certificates, lunch and refreshments.

For a chance to receive one of three free places on any of these courses, send an email with the name of the course in the subject, followed by your details and why you would like to attend to

Entries will close 10 working days before the event.

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