Veterinary Leadership Programme

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"Everyone needs leadership skills. What surprised me when I attended the VLP was the wide diversity of veterinary professionals that were there, and how much they all gained from the course"

Sue Paterson, Former BSAVA President

Are you struggling to balance your role responsibilities alongside leadership duties?

Do you want to feel more in control and effective in how and where you spend your time?

Would you like to gain or hone your skills to nurture and get the best out of your team?

Our year-long transformative leadership programme with personalised coaching, support and guidance will help you gain the confidence and skills you need to lead your team to success.

Leadership: everyone talks abut it, many claim to be the experts in it but few manage to get it right.

The veterinary profession offers many leadership opportunities, and just as many challenges. Veterinary leaders, whether they be clinical directors, primary care vets, RVNs or practice managers, often have to deal with leadership challenges alongside the demands of clinical or other roles.

Our highly acclaimed Veterinary Leadership Programme (VLP) is uniquely designed around the individual needs of veterinary leaders, providing professional and personal development opportunities to benefit both you and your team as you deal with ongoing challenges and change in practice.

NEW format for 2021

In these uncertain and changing times, we've developed our Veterinary Leadership Programme (VLP) into a NEW 12-month online multi-modular programme supported by extensive Masters and Doctoral research by Carolyne Crowe and Dr Catherine Oxtoby.

Our updated VLP package includes:

  • 11 x 2 hour live virtual workshops
  • 4 x bespoke individual coaching sessions
  • Group coaching and networking
  • Online videos and reflective exercises accessed via an enhanced learning platform
  • Leadership competencies assessment
  • Mentoring for practice specific project work
  • PLUS increased contact hours to help guide and support you as a leader in practice.

This year-long sustained, transformative programme will provide you with the time and support to stop, reflect and progress with behavioural change in practice. You will master new skills, consolidate your learning and develop into a confident, consistent leader within 12 months.

As well as helping you to achieve your individual leadership goals, the VLP is designed to benefit your team and your practice as a whole, so you can achieve the best possible learning experience.

What will I learn?

  • Confidence in managing your role responsibilities alongside leadership duties
  • Strategies to maintain motivation in challenging, changing circumstances
  • Balancing high standards of patient care and client services with staff wellbeing
  • Increased insight into different leadership styles and behaviours
  • How to leverage your strengths to get the best out of yourself and others.


Workshop 1 Tuesday 12 October 2021 - Self-Awareness

Workshop 2 Tuesday 2 November 2021- You and how to thrive

Workshop 3 Tuesday 23 November 2021 - Feedback and progress

Workshop 4 Tuesday 14 December 2021 - Working with others

Workshop 5 Tuesday 4 January 2022 - Performance of others

Workshop 6 Tuesday 25 January 2022 - Culture

Workshop 7 Tuesday 22 February 2022 - Quality and Improvement

Workshop 8 Tuesday 15 March 2022 - Leading Change

Workshop 9 Tuesday 5 April 2022 -Overcoming Hurdle

Workshop 10 Tuesday 26 April 2022 - Goal Setting

Workshop 11 Tuesday 17 May 2022 - Wrap Up