The Awards, which are voted on by staff across the business, aim to recognise individuals who demonstrate excellence in their role. The Conference, which took place at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel, was attended by 700 staff from across CVS in the UK and Holland. Featuring a full CPD programme covering both clinical and practice management topics, it took veterinary wellbeing as its overall theme. The key award winners were:
· Vet of the Year – Dr Ellen Coker, Regans Veterinary Group, Manchester
· Veterinary Nurse of the Year – Mrs Helen Molyneux, Rees Veterinary Centre, Warrington
· Practice of the Year – Harris Hill & Gibbons, Wiltshire
· Practice Manager of the Year, Mrs Caroline Benson, The Dam, Selby, North Yorkshire and Evolution Animal Care, Doncaster
· New Graduate of the Year – Mr Philippe Franklin, Old Golf House, Norfolk
Commenting on CVS’ performance this year, CVS Chief Executive Mr Simon Innes said: “2017 has been another high performing year. We have grown by more than 26.7% and have made 62 acquisitions on the mainland of the UK, in Northern Ireland and also in Holland. This growth is, of course, fuelled by our fantastic veterinary teams so it is also a year in which we have continued to invest in them with our annual conference being just one example.”
He added: “It is a concern for all of us working with such dedicated professionals that problems with mental health and even suicide are higher than in the general population and this is an issue that we are determined to tackle head on. As the first veterinary group to introduce mindfulness training, we have continued to focus effort in this area and theming this year’s conference around wellbeing was a natural progression.
“It was interesting to listen to expert speakers, including Marina Grazier of the Mindfulness Exchange and veterinary coach Carolyn Crowe discussing practical solutions, including the importance of ‘resilience.’ Their talks gave us some real insights into wellbeing and how we can help our colleagues deal with the everyday pressures they face.”
Commenting on the Awards, some of which were presented by CVS Guest Mr Martin Clunes, Supporter of George Adamson Wildlife Trust, Simon Innes said: “This year’s winners have shown a commitment to their patients, their clients and their colleagues that is an inspiration to all of us. We congratulate them and thank them for their huge contribution to CVS.”
During the Conference, CVS also celebrated the retirement of one of the company’s founders, Director Mr Brian Pound. CVS Chairman Mr Richard Connell announced the launch of a new ‘Brian Pound Award’ in his honour. It will be presented for the first time in 2018 and aims to recognise clinical excellence, a long-term passion of Mr Pound.
Key to its success is CVS' ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff whilst continuing to invest in the development of their clinical skills and in research to drive the profession forward. It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal; large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential. CVS' guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers. The company works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.