bringing business to business
The second VetForum for the UK will take place on October 14-15 with a move to the ever-popular Hotel Don Carlos in Marbella.
With time-efficiency at the forefront of the agenda, expect a personalised schedule of one-to-one speed meetings to connect you with future partners in a personalised agenda built around your priorities.
The OpenRoom team are busy constructing a tightly-packed schedule of business content – so stay tuned for further updates. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn for updates as they happen.
- Network with your peers – we only host senior figures, so you can be confident that you’re networking with the best
- Choose your itinerary to ensure that you meet with the suppliers that will drive your business forward
- Our content will encourage constructive dialogue – with presentations fine-tuned to what vet group delegates are wanting to hear
- Access the industry’s most innovative suppliers to see and hear new product strategies and company capabilities.
- Differentiate: leverage information from multiple supplier meetings to increase buying power
- Do business face-to-face with the industry’s leading Vet Groups – with an audience that's guaranteed.
- Cut to the chase – our invitation-only policy means you’ll only meet with the decision makers.
- You’ll meet with your targets – we collaborate with you when building our invitation list.
- Outside the meetings program, really build on the relationships with your targets in a first class program of informal networking.
- See a return on your investment and your time.
Director of Leadership & Innovation – Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Keynote, Anthony Roberts, Director of Leadership & Innovation – Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Leadership: The key to healthy and fulfilling veterinary careers?
Anthony leads the delivery of the RCVS strategic ambition to become a Royal College with leadership and innovation at its heart. In this role Anthony is responsible for RCVS Leadership, a wide-ranging initiative, inspired by Vet Futures. RCVS Leadership supports the development of veterinary professionals’ leadership skills helping them to thrive in the uncertain and complex environment of life in everyday practice, and to take control of our own futures. A key component of RCVS Leadership is the Edward Jenner Veterinary Leadership programme an innovative online gateway leadership programme, built in conjunction with NHS Leadership Academy. Since launch (November 2018) the Edward Jenner programme has had over 2500 participants and feedback demonstrates the impact it is making in improving veterinary professionals’ self-awareness, resilience and decision making skills. Anthony has worked at the RCVS for nine years delivering key projects such as the First Rate Regulator Initiative (2012/13),the launch of the new Practice Standards Scheme (2015), and the reform through legislation of RCVS governance structures (2018). Anthony holds an MBA with Distinction from Warwick Business School (2016), an MA (Hons) in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh (2004) and the CIPR Diploma in Public Relations (2009).
Ignite Session, Andrew Curwen, CEO, XLVets
Co-opetiton: what's in it for you?
Andrew qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol Vet School in 1990. He worked for three years in mixed practice in the UK. Following a trip around the world, he joined Grampian Pharmaceuticals as a Veterinary Adviser. In 2000 he moved to Bayer Animal Health where he became Marketing Manager for the UK and Ireland. In 2006 Andrew joined XLVets, a collaborative community of independently owned veterinary practices, committed to working together to share knowledge, skills and resources. As Chief Executive of XLVet UK Ltd he has led a team that has created a range of services and initiatives that enable the XLVet membership to first define and then deliver “excellence in practice”. He is a keen cyclist, mountain walker and is learning to turn wood.
Panel, Jo Malone, CEO, VetPartners
VetPartners was established in October 2015 with three small animal practices, including Minster Vets in York, where Jo she was a partner and senior vet. VetPartners now has 4,000 employees, working in more than 400 sites across the UK and from its headquarters in Jo’s home city of York. Under her dynamic leadership, the group has more than 100 small animal, equine, mixed and farm practices, and diversified to include other businesses, including a veterinary nursing school, laboratory, research dairy and locum agency. Jo first saw practice at the age of 14 at Minster Vets, before studying veterinary medicine at Glasgow University, qualifying in 1998. She worked at a mixed practice in Market Harborough for two years and then joined Minster Vets, where she became a partner in 2009. Jo has fostered a culture of warmth and belonging at VetPartners. She has a passion for caring for pets and their owners, while developing the people she works alongside.
Penelope Fox BA Hons, CCMI, PGCE
Group Practice Manager, Blacks Vets
Panellist, Penelope Fox BA Hons, CCMI, PGCE, Group Practice Manager, Blacks Vets
Penny joined Blacks Vets in January 2016 as Head of Client Experience and Technology after 15 years working in a variety of management positions within British Telecom and in education. Her experience in the corporate world spanned Sales, Customer Service, Business Development and Project Management. This was followed by a career change into the world of Secondary Education, teaching Business Studies and IT whilst also coordinating support for students with special educational needs. Penny was appointed as Head of Client and Team Experience the following year and appointed to Group Practice Manager from 1st September 2018.
Owner, The Vet in Old Isleworth & Host, Vet on the Hill
Panel, Scott Miller, Owner, The Vet in Old Isleworth & Host, Vet on the Hill
Scott is an accomplished senior practicing Veterinary Surgeon with 21 years experience in the industry. He has experience in both corporate, independent, welfare and charity Veterinary practice while having set up from scratch four private independent veterinary practices both in the UK and Europe. He has worked in a veterinary hospital as part of the clinical team, a sole practitioner in a branch practice and a locum veterinarian in clinics both here and abroad, graduating to financial involvement, management and clinical supervision of veterinary practices in partnership and solely. Scott has also enjoyed a long career in media, appearing on camera to present items for This Morning, BBC Breakfast and The Paul O’Grady show to hosting his own programme Vet on The Hill for 7 series aired internationally. Scott has represented many industry brands in a promotional capacity, written and published a book called Puppy Parenting and acts as advocate or patron for a number of animal charities.
General Manager, iM3
Testimonial, Craig Evans, General Manager, iM3
I sat opposite a key contact last night – someone I have tried to email for months – and it's fantastic, because I have had more time with him over the past day than I have ever had with him, meaning we have actually created a relationship. That is worth millions. That meeting alone was worth the event price.
Director of Vets, Simplyhealth Professionals
Testimonial, Sally Clarke, Director of Vets, Simplyhealth Professionals
We're very used to events but this does feel different - it's smaller and more intimate. We have had some brilliant conversations and it's been a good opportunity to catch up with current clients. It can be really hard to get to the right people even though they are existing clients - the level of seniority here is impressive.
Operations Director, Goddard Vet Group
Testimonial, Mark Gill, Operations Director, Goddard Vet Group
What a corker of an event! I must admit to having been a little sceptical that the three days out of the office would be a good use of my time, but I need not have worried. The ‘speed dating’ in this context is nothing short of genius. It pushed focused conversations that cut to the chase and forced an assessment of the opportunity that is not replicated in any other forum I have come across.
Just 30 minutes from Malaga Airport, the Hotel Don Carlos with its beachfront location and acres of sub-tropical gardens, is the perfect location for this event.
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