As the current president of the Veterinary Practice Managers Association for the whole of the UK, our Kernow Vet Group practice manager Renay Rickard (based in St Austell, Bodmin, Lostwithiel and Wadebridge covering all of Mid Cornwall region) was delighted to be asked to chair the management sessions at the Noel Fitzpatricks VetFest. Noel – better known as TV’s Supervet, runs a small animal veterinary conference every year in Surrey. It is a mix of work and play – a place to learn about all the most up to date modern veterinary treatments and then to party the night away with a music festival.
Any one who knows Renay will know that anything that involves practice management or festivals is where she likes to spend her time when not in the practice – so to be asked to an event that covers both was fantastic! It was also a great honour for her to be involved in chairing sessions. One of our clinic nurses, Kelly Tregidgo, went along too and attended lectures on a wide range of nursing topics including neurology, oncology, nutrition and anaesthesia. Her husband and young family went along too so were able to enjoy the music sessions all together.
The music included bands like Reef, Feeling, Scouting For Girls and Starsailor. Mark Owen from Take That also made an appearance on stage. But more than anything it was a great place to learn about modern veterinary techniques and mix with other veterinary surgeons, nurses and practice managers from across the UK.
The event was organised in conjunction with Professor Fitzpatrickâ’s OneLive event. This was all to raise funds for the charity the Humanimal Trust and create a better understanding of what can be achieved through One Medicine, to find cures that work as well for man as they do for animals – both moving forward together . The Humanimal Trust is the first UK charity set up to advance the conversation about uniting and moving animal and human healthcare forward through shared ideas, shared technology and integrated research. For more information click on link – http://humanimaltrust.org.uk