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Veterinary Business

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Tuesday 19 June

The morning session is combined with Industry.

Traditionally we selected veterinary students on academic performance only and expected all graduates to work as clinical practitioners, at least initially. Is that paradigm still valid? Come and join this interactive session in which we’ll share highlights on the new selection process and veterinary education, and hopefully invoke some changing perceptions on new grad utilization and career pathways.

In today’s work environment, often the only competitive advantage you may have is the talent of your people. How engaged they are will play an integral part on your bottom line and retention of staff. By 2020 over 50% of the workplace will be Gen Y which is one of our most transient generations in the workplace. Creating an engaged workplace is one of top leader’s biggest challenges as they understand the impact disengaged employees can have on an organisation. In conjunction with Masterpet Corporation, Fiona has been working with IBM Kenexa to establish a highly engaged workplace, with Masterpet being awarded as finalists two years running in the IBM NZ Best workplaces competition. Fiona Couchman will be partnering with Kenexa who are world leaders around staff engagement to deliver you a compelling workshop on: 1) the three key drivers of staff engagement, 2) working with Gen Y to gain loyalty and commitment, and 3) creating an environment that attracts talented people. You will receive great insights and tangible tools to take away and implement into your business today. .

In today’s work environment, often the only competitive advantage you may have is the talent of your people. How engaged they are will play an integral part on your bottom line and retention of staff. By 2020 over 50% of the workplace will be Gen Y which is one of our most transient generations in the workplace. Creating an engaged workplace is one of top leader’s biggest challenges as they understand the impact disengaged employees can have on an organisation. In conjunction with Masterpet Corporation, Fiona has been working with IBM Kenexa to establish a highly engaged workplace, with Masterpet being awarded as finalists two years running in the IBM NZ Best workplaces competition. Fiona Couchman will be partnering with Kenexa who are world leaders around staff engagement to deliver you a compelling workshop on: 1) the three key drivers of staff engagement, 2) working with Gen Y to gain loyalty and commitment, and 3) creating an environment that attracts talented people. You will receive great insights and tangible tools to take away and implement into your business today.

The happier your employees are at work, the more successful your organisation will be. So how do you create a high performing culture and build a positive working environment? This session will cover a range of practical tips to consider including understanding elements of human motivation, leadership and culture.

Under pressure, we default to a communication style that stifles growth, encourages your team to be less accountable and is demotivating. You probably don't even know you're doing it.  This session will provide you with a  simple framework to hit accountability, motivation and  individual team member growth in one.

This session is designed to give you the tools to increase your clinic’s social media presence – to result in business growth, not just online popularity. We’ll discuss how to integrate your social media platforms into your current strategic marketing plan, what to do when things go wrong, how to increase engagement and create community and more importantly, how to create conversion from social media contact to actual client.

In one word, what lies at the heart of consistent high performance? (And it’s exactly the same for leadership, relationships, sales, and mental clarity). Bruce has distilled the people side of business into one crucial understanding that, surprisingly, no-one talks about. And when you hear the insight, you’ll wonder why you’ve never seen it before, it’s that simple. It’s an understanding you can apply in every area of your life but most particularly lifting your franchisor performance to consistently higher levels. It’s that immediately implementable.


Wednesday 20 June

The Veterinary Business stream and the Sheep & Beef Cattle stream will combine from 4pm - 5.30pm.


This presentation outlines common sources of veterinary workplace conflict with clients and veterinary staff and discusses how to manage and resolve them. It contains practical communication strategies such as assertion skills and conflict resolution methods to build a supportive work environment thereby gaining confidence and trust through collaborative relationship building conversations.

You probably don't realise the extent to which you're at the centre of your team not doing what you want them to do.

Acceptance of change for a BRW Fast 100 company - it's exactly the same for a highly profitable vet practice. It's right under your nose and it's counter intuitive - which is why you probably can't see it.

Change is our greatest fear. We survived yesterday so our natural response is to look back for learning. But we face times where the future will be very different from the past. Knowledge is exploding into life at rates like never before. This process presents as unprecedented disruption. Learning tricks of coping with this can be ones greatest tools as we embrace with confidence the future.

The One Health concept is unifying and inspiring. Networks, consortia, initiatives and commissions have been formed with a One Health brief, and there has been a veritable explosion of activity associated with the term. The concept of interconnectedness of the health and wellbeing of living things on the planet is intuitively understandable and has been promoted over a long period.

Understanding what good animal welfare is and how it can be assessed across a range of environments must be a key priority for ensuring the health and welfare of animals in their association with humans. Until recently animal welfare assessment traditionally relied on measures of physical health, and changes in behaviour and physiology related to negative emotional states such as pain and stress. We now recognize that good welfare is not simply the absence of disease or negative experiences, but also the possibility for, and presence of, positive emotional experiences such as pleasure and even happiness. To ensure that an animal’s welfare needs are met, we need to develop reliable methods for recognizing and assessing the range of animal emotions, as well as judge their importance from the animal’s point of view.

This paper is a worldwide first presenting the key personality characteristics of veterinarians who have proved themselves job fit by surviving more than 30 years in clinical practice. It is suggested that such evidence will better inform the process of selection for admission to veterinary school.

Members of the NZVA and VPIS are encouraged to attend.

This talk summarises a project to job-size vets in a structured and analytical process to define what positions of similar training, responsibility etc are paid.

In agriculture the quality of the soil determines what we can grow. Great soil grows great plants which in turn can grow wonderful animals. Our lives are the same. Strong mental well-being enables great thoughts to develop, Great thoughts turn into great actions. So in the same way we fertilise soil, so must we fertilise our minds.

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Thank you to our Industry Partners

Diamond
Bayer NZ Ltd
Boehringer Ingelheim (NZ) Ltd
Provet NZ Pty Ltd
SVS Veterinary Supplies

Gold
Animates Vetcare
Ethical Agents
Hill's Pet Nutrition
IDEXX Laboratories
MAS
Masterpet Corporation Ltd
Royal Canin
Troy Laboratories (NZ) Ltd
Tru-Test Group
Zoetis

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AgriHealth
Elanco Animal Health
Flexi Cards Ltd
Gribbles Veterinary Pathology
International Animal Health Products
Jurox
MSD Animal Health
Norbrook Laboratories
Shoof International Ltd
Virbac

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