Confidence Boost for Attendees of Veterinary Women in Leadership virtual event
15 Oct 2020
Leadership confidence levels were boosted in just six hours for delegates of the inaugural Veterinary Women in Leadership event. The well attended event, run jointly by XLVets and Veterinary Woman, saw high levels of engagement from delegates, including women and men from across the veterinary profession and animal health industry. Discussions on next steps to facilitate women’s leadership development highlighted several key areas where the profession can do more to support career progression. Outcomes include future events and the building a leadership support network.
Nantwich Farm Vets join the XLVets community
30 Sep 2020
Nantwich Farm Vets has announced that it has joined the XLVets community. The move allows Nantwich to establish links with a network of independent practices who are able to share resources and services, while remaining in control of its own business and client care strategy. The practice has been warmly welcomed by like-minded practices across XLVets that are already experiencing the benefits of working together while retaining their own unique perspectives.
Veterinary Women in Leadership virtual event confirms stellar speakers
16 Sep 2020
Veterinary Woman and XLVets have confirmed an impressive line-up of key figures to speak at their virtual event on 29th September. Alongside past-presidents and representatives including Amanda Boag (RCVS), Daniella Dos Santos (BVA), Wendy Nevins (BVNA), Catriona Curtis (SPVS), and Jenny Hull (BCVA), the event features business owners, practice and referral hospital founders, clinical directors and HR directors.
Veterinary Woman and XLVets partner for Veterinary Women in Leadership virtual event
17 Aug 2020
Veterinary Woman is partnering with XLVets to run a ‘Veterinary Women in Leadership’ virtual event. The inspirational afternoon and evening will feature speakers from the veterinary world and beyond and a number of leading veterinary women will be stepping up to share their career stories. The event will take place on Tuesday 29th September and will run from 1pm to 7pm, with recordings available to anyone who registers but can’t attend the whole six hours. Registration is now open here.
Contributions to the profession and practice by four XLVets members, results in fellowship
11 Aug 2020
In the recent announcement of RCVS Fellowships, four members of the XLVets community have been recognised for their meritorious contributions to the profession as a whole or to clinical practice. They include Andrew Davies and Jon Reader, both of Synergy Farm Health, David Black of Paragon Veterinary Group and Duncan Berkshire who heads up the pig veterinary unit at Bishopton Veterinary Group.
Call for participants as XLVets builds on women in leadership study with new focus groups
8 Jul 2020
Following on from her ground-breaking work on veterinary women and practice ownership last year, Kerrie Hedley, Chief Operating Officer at XLVets, is once again looking for female vets to share their thoughts on both ownership and the wider aspects of leadership, in a series of focus groups and interviews conducted using video conferencing. The research is scheduled to take place in early August and both business owners and non-business owners are encouraged to take part by emailing Kerrie at email@example.com.
Vet from Prostock Vets wins international BVDZero award
1 Jul 2020
Vet, Magda Sioukiouroglou, from Prostock Vets in Carmarthen, South Wales, recently took first prize and a share in a 15,000 euros prize fund at the BVDZero Awards – an international competition open to anyone working within the cattle industry submitting a case involving Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). The award seeks to raise awareness of BVD and its control.
New study reveals surprising findings on fluke control in sheep
8 Jun 2020
A study testing for exposure to fluke in young lambs has revealed very low levels of infection throughout the country during 2019. The collaborative study, carried out by 24 independent veterinary practices (part of the XL Vets group), involved blood testing a cohort of six lambs on 25 individual farms from 16 weeks of age, to look for evidence of antibodies to liver fluke. Kindly sponsored by Norbrook, the results show increases in antibody levels – indicating exposure to fluke – are variable between farms, generally occurring very late in the season, and with just a few lambs affected.
XLVets supports other independent practices with helpful resources during the COVID-19 crisis
2 Apr 2020
Veterinary practices across the nation have faced some difficult decision making in the last few weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are having to strike a balance between offering emergency cover, furloughing some team members and maintaining the financial viability of the practice. It has placed another burden on practice owners as they have had to adapt and plan in line with the latest government advice. In the spirit of the XLVets community, there has been a great deal of collaboration between practices to determine the best way forward.
Propose partnership to your boss, not your true love this leap year, says XLVets
21 Feb 2020
XLVets is encouraging female vets to consider using the 29th Feb to make a partnership proposal to their boss, rather than their true love, this year. The move has been inspired by the findings of Kerrie Hedley, Chief Operating Officer at XLVets, who has been exploring the factors affecting female leadership within the profession as part of her MBA dissertation.
XLVets raises £60,000 and makes a practical difference with Send A Cow charity
5 Dec 2019
The XLVets community of independent practices has reached the end of a three-year project which was implemented as part of its ten-year anniversary. Over the course of that time, £60,000 has been raised by XLVets, with the help of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health who contributed £15,000 over three years. All of the funds raised enabled vets to deliver an animal management training programme to Send a Cow’s African staff, called the Farm Skills Africa project – in which vets from XLVet practices took an active part.
Award-winning Broad Lane Vets becomes latest practice to join the XLVet community
15 Oct 2019
Broad Lane Vets in Coventry has been welcomed by the XLVet community as its latest new member. The first opinion, small animal practice employs 60 people and operates across three sites. An RCVS-accredited general practice that has achieved Gold Standard Cat Friendly status, Broad Lane Vets was awarded the Timewise Award for Most Flexible Small Business UK, as well as winning FSB regional Awards for Enterprise and Best Small Business.