The Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) aims to boost the benefits it offers its members with the creation of a member services group.

Consisting of practice managers and council representatives Julie Beacham (pictured), Angela Andrews and Steve Broomfield, the group will review the current benefits package and negotiate with suppliers to expand the range of support on offer.  

Group leader Julie Beacham, a practice manager herself, called for feedback on which benefits members found most useful, as well as those they would like to see.

Under consideration is a legal helpline to aid with employment disputes, coaching and personal development support, and discounts and assistance from suppliers in management-related services and products.

“We want to build on our current benefit package to offer our members comprehensive support in all the areas they touch upon, both professionally and personally,” said Julie.

“As a busy manager myself, I know that time is so precious in this job. If I can immediately tap into resources that have been specially tailored for me, it saves me time and money. We want to make the lives of practice managers just that little easier.”  

The association currently offers benefits such as health and safety and HR support, discounts on medical health plans, books and travel, and telecommunications and utilities brokerage.

It has an active regional structure and hosts regular CPD and networking meetings. A joint VPMA-Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) events group holds regular CPD days throughout the year, as well as a management-focused congress every January, both of which are substantially discounted for members.

The association also co-hosts with SPVS a member publication, Practice Life, which focuses on business and management.

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