Celebrating brilliant vets and nurses

More than 650 veterinary staff attended the inaugural IVC Evidensia UK Leaders’ Forum and it was the first time many of the company’s veterinary teams had met in person since lockdown. 

The first national event of its kind was suitably well attended with Group CEO Steve Clarke, UK CEO Duncan Phillips and Chief Medical Officer Amanda Boag, alongside the IVC Executive team. The event was sponsored by key IVC supplier partners and their senior teams also attended.

Across the two days there were presentations, discussions and collaborative workshops. Delegates in attendance included clinical directors, practice managers and head nurses amongst many other talented colleagues.

Free diver Jim Lawless and best-selling author Katie Piper were among the keynote speakers to share their experiences on subjects ranging from mindset change to overcoming adversity.

Brilliant People Awards

The highlight of the event was the Brilliant People Awards, which honoured veterinary staff across the network who had gone above and beyond during the pandemic.  

More than 600 nominations were received for the awards based on the company values of we care, we dare, we share, with 10 winners chosen from a shortlist of 65 finalists. The winners were:  

•    We Care (clinical) - Adele Walker - Taylor Vets 
•    We Dare (clinical) - Cathy Woodlands - Bath Veterinary Referrals 
•    We Share (clinical) - Claire McCabe Craemill Veterinary Clinic 
•    We Care (non-clinical) - Victoria Willshire - Emerson’s Green Veterinary Surgery 
•    We Dare (non-clinical) - Amy Martin - Holly House Vets 
•    We Share (non-clinical) - Hannah Addison - Priory Vets 
•    Care Fund Award - Ruth Parker, Georgina Haynes, Sergiu Petru - Glaven Veterinary Practice 
•    Client Hero - Caoimhe McNally - Glenshane Veterinary Clinics 
•    Sustainability Award - Marie Davey - Crossway Veterinary Group 
•    Team of the Year - Highfield Veterinary Centre 

Support Zone & Breakout Sessions

Alongside the awards ceremony, there was also a Support Zone to encourage team building with clinic and support teams, as well as an exhibition featuring 26 commercial partners. There were several breakout sessions that focused on the evolution of UK teams, how they can collaborate more effectively, as well as digital innovation and emerging technology that can be harnessed going forward.

These key themes helped round off a two-day event where veterinary teams listened to inspirational speakers, celebrated the success of colleagues and looked towards a positive future for IVC Evidensia practices.

Remember to keep your diaries free for our next Leaders' Forum in 2023.