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Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons

Saturday 8th July, Lancaster University
As part of the SPVS  Final Year Veterinary Student Seminar

Employing New Grads:

Harnessing their potential

Employing newly qualified vets can be a challenge, but when it works the rewards to both employer and employee are substantial. At a time when experienced vets are in short supply, many practices are employing new graduates for the first time.

This one day course for owners and managers will run in parallel with SPVS popular ‘Lancaster Event’ for final year students which this year will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Practices will share their experience of successfully implementing a new graduate programme. Nick Steele from Zoetis will explain the basics of mentoring with particular relevance to clinical mentoring of newly qualified vets, while Carolyne Crowe will discuss the importance of nurturing resilience and monitoring stress at this particularly vulnerable time. Lizzie Lockett from RCVS will talk about their Professional Development Phase which is aimed at new graduates transitioning into work and the role of the employer in this.

A panel of recent graduates will share their own experiences, good and bad, of their first jobs and what helped or hindered their development. They will contribute to a discussion on ‘The New Millennial; are they really that different’. Robin Hargreaves will chair the day. Robin took a particular interest in new graduates transition into work while he was BVA President and has facilitated new graduate panels in the NW as well as employing many successfully in his own practice.

There will be an opportunity to meet final year students looking for work and visit the commercial exhibition. Delegates are also invited to the Gala Dinner on Saturday night which is being held at Lancaster University, this will be a further opportunity to meet final year students.

Draft Programme


Robin Hargreaves (Chair), Nicky Paull, RCVS, Sue Jennings, Towcester Vets, Nick Steele, Zoetis, Carolyne Crowe, VDS (plus recent Graduates)

Welcome & Introductions: Robin Hargreaves
The New Graduate’s story: Midge Herron
The Employer’s Story: Sue Jennings

The RCVS Professional Development Phase
Nicky Paull, RCVS

Tea and coffee

Mentoring: an introduction and how to incorporate into your New Graduate Programme
Nick Steele, Zoetis


Building Resilience in your New Graduates
Carolyne Crowe, VDS

Tea and coffee

Discussion: New Millennials… are they really that different?
Panel to include: New Graduates / Nick Steele / Nicky Paull / Carolyne Crowe


Please note: our booking system only allows for tickets to be purchased separately – i.e two members from the same practice must complete the registration process twice – once for each person.

Price Qty*
SPVS/VPMA/BVA Member £234.00 (GBP)*  
Non-Member £330.00 (GBP)*  
Saturday Night Accommodation (Single Occupancy) £85.00 (GBP)*  
Saturday Night Accommodation (Double Occupancy) £100.00 (GBP)*  
Gala Dinner £55.00 (GBP)*  

* price includes taxes

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