SPVS Business Club

SPVS Business Club is designed to equip members with business knowledge through community focused CPD, networking and real world experience sharing

We’re running a series of 5 sessions targeted at business owners. These will be free for members and can be purchased individually or as a complete bundle.

Each session will comprise of a short 20 minute intro, followed by 40 mins of discussion/Q&A/sharing of experiences around the chosen topic.

We will let you know as soon as the other speakers are confirmed, but topics such as life insurance and critical illness cover for you and your team, how to conduct an effective PDR, boosting your revenue and profit share schemes are all in the pipeline.

We want to make SPVS Business Club different to conventional CPD sessions.   Members of the Business Club will have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and share ideas
  • talk through problems/ different business scenarios
  • ask others for advice on how to approach these
  • share experiences – either positive or negative

This relaxed style of group, problem based learning will offer a unique but focused approach, giving delegates some first hand ideas on how to tackle some of the challenges facing veterinary business owners today.

7:30- 8:30pm on Thursdays:
13th June, 18th July, 8th August, 19th September and 17th October.

Don’t forget you can purchase the business club bundle for registration to all 5 sessions!

How to nail succession planning

Thursday 13th June – RECORDING AVAILABLE

A smooth succession does not happen by accident! The decisions you take today may influence what happens in 15 years’ time. The interactive session will be facilitated by Pete covering how we get the balance right in practice, attracting new business partners, how to create a robust succession plan and how best to utilise external expertise to get there. There is so much more to creating a robust succession plan than financial funding. The session is designed for practice owners, managers of all stages of their career. Your succession plan starts today not 2 years before you retire!

  • How to identify, attract and develop new business partners
  • To identify the key important elements of long-term succession plan and what pitfalls to avoid to ensure that your succession plan is successful
  • Ensuring a smooth exit transition that works for you and your practice

Pete Orpin, as part of the Anval Ltd team , has worked with many practices over the last 25 years providing business advice whilst also working as a Director in a large mixed practice in Leicestershire. Peter retired from practice in 2019 after the sale of his practice.  He was awarded a Fellowship for Meritorious contributions to the Profession in 2020 and is Chair of the Board of SPVS.

Pete Orpin
Anval Business Consultancy

Chaired by Silvia Janska

Insurance for independent veterinary practices:
Must haves vs nice to haves

Thursday 18th July, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

This interactive session will cover:

  • Which types of insurance does your practice actually need?
  • An overview of general insurance and business protection for recently incorporated and well established veterinary practices
  • Understand how changes within the veterinary profession are affecting practice valuation and the implications on insurance
  • Carrying out a financial health check
  • Have a clearer understanding of the types of insurance available to veterinary practices
  • How to prioritise insurance for my practice
  • What to include as part of a financial health check for my business

Keith Dickinson
A UCL Geography graduate and Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Keith has operated in the veterinary sector since 1981. He has supported the veterinary profession avidly during that time with financial and professional initiatives. He prides himself on still having his finger on the pulse of the profession. Having written and self published a number of books, in true entrepreneurial style he started Astoria Publishing Ltd and has successfully published a number of autobiographies for vets.

The practical PDR.

Thursday 8th August | 7:30pm – 8:30pm

We’ve all been there.  The dreaded annual appraisal.  Another hour (or more) of “going through the motions”, well-intended promises and copious form-filling! But PDRs (Performance and Development Reviews) don’t need to be onerous or overly formal and are likely to be far more effective through an engaging, timely and focused process.  In this session we will discuss the key elements to include in a productive 2-way performance discussion and explore hints and tips for keeping them practical and agile.

  • Appreciation of the core elements to a productive PDR conversation
  • Insight into how to make these engaging, effective and relatively informal
  • Shared insights and experiences from both inside and outside the profession

Sarah is a vet and senior Human Resources professional with a broad commercial background and extensive experience of leading and facilitating organisational and cultural change. After a stint in mixed practice, Sarah spent time in organisations including Mars, Zurich Financial Services and Santander – holding management roles in sales, sector management and operations before moving into HR. She is passionate about improving performance through people and implementing this with a healthy balance of creativity and common sense, and now enjoys a portfolio of work for many and varied clients in both an HR and board advisory capacity. Sarah is also a trustee of the Arboriculture Association and non-exec director of climate and nature campaign group, ZeroHour.

Sarah Armstrong
BVSc (Hons), MRCVS

The Value of Everything: Tips to Successfully Boosting Your Revenue

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Strategies for boosting revenue in veterinary clinics through focusing on understanding and maximising the value of services, enhancing client experience, implementing effective pricing strategies, and leveraging marketing efforts.

Details to follow….

Thom Jenkins
Thom is a vet and has run veterinary clinic groups internationally. He has sat on the board of and been an advisor to companies both within and outside of the veterinary sector. He is the CEO and Co-founder of PetsApp, a client engagement tool providing client communication, reminders, appointment booking and digital payments to hundreds of clinics and thousands of veterinary professionals. Thom is proud of the work the PetsApp pack has done in alleviating the load on veterinary teams facilitating business growth, while improving the care received by pets and their owners

Thom Jenkins

Chair: Natalie Morris
SPVS member and Business Club working group member

SPVS Business Club – 17th October

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Details to follow….

Details to follow….

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Speaker TBA

SPVS Business Club – Bundle of 5 sessions

Book the whole bundle for access to all 5 sessions, covering a wide variety of topics and presented by industry experts.

SPVS Members: FREE
Non-Members: £15 per session | £50 for bundle of 5

We are pleased to offer non SPVS members signing up to the bundle of 5 SPVS Business Club sessions (£50) this as a saving off a new SPVS membership. A coupon code will be sent to you after purchase. Simply add this at the checkout when signing up for your new membership.

Follow the links below for more information about SPVS, becoming a member, member benefits and support for practices, or to join!