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Bayer NZ launch new training portal

Monday, 26 June 2017  
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Bayer New Zealand has launched VetSpace (, a new training portal that provides a range of online training courses to help keep veterinary clinics up-to-date with new developments.

Launched at this year's New Zealand Veterinary Association conference, the portal offers broad training across all aspects of veterinary practice – for free.

It’s available to all New Zealand veterinary practices wanting to keep up-to-date with the latest in product development, new clinical information and business or retailing advice.

Bayer New Zealand managing director Derek Bartlett says the portal represents a new level of training for vet practices because it caters to everyone.

“Many online training portals focus on new products or information for vets only. We’ve taken it a step further and incorporated training modules for other vet clinic staff – the support staff, vet nurses, technicians and managers who are all an important part of keeping a veterinary business going."

“We really wanted to provide easy access to the most relevant information to enable vets to improve their practices – both technically and from a business point of view – at no charge,” adds Bartlett.

Courses cover information relevant to both farm animal and companion animal vets as well as mixed vet practices.

Well-known and respected industry vets, including learning and development specialist, Dr Lab Wilson, have designed some of the courses.

“Current thinking in learning and development circles recognises the value in training that allows busy people access to ‘just-in-time’ learning in bite-sized chunks."

“VetSpace provides this specifically for veterinary practice enabling practice personnel to learn what they want, how they want and when they need,” says Dr Wilson.

He also adds that keeping up-to-date is not only an ethical obligation, but is also essential in providing a high level of service and ensuring best practice standards are maintained.

Derek Bartlett says VetSpace will offer about eight courses to start with and have new courses added regularly. The courses can go towards annual CPD (continuing professional development) points.

To find out more and register for courses head to VetSpace at