veterinary leadership programme

Part of our Leadership courses.

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'Everyone needs leadership skills. What surprised me when I attended a recent VLP was the wide diversity of veterinary professional that were there, (everyone from clinical directors to primary care vets) and how much they all gained from the course. Helped me hugely in every aspect of my life.'

Sue Paterson, BSAVA President

Do you want to be a confident, dynamic and flexible leader who can engage, motivate and drive your own career, team and practice to success while creating a culture that strengthens and develops the veterinary team within your practice and enables everyone to fulfil their potential? We can help you become that exceptional leader.

Supported by extensive Masters and Doctoral research carried out by Dr Catherine Oxtoby and Carolyne Crowe, The Veterinary Leadership Programme will help you to deal with the challenges you face every day as a leader in practice.

Building on your heightened self-awareness and understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, you'll develop strategies for resilience, communicating with others, motivating your team and resolving conflict. You’ll explore a range of organisational leadership challenges including the selection and scoping of quality improvement projects, their management and sustainment and the development of a positive practice culture.

The programme consists of:

  • 2x two-day face-to-face training courses, supported by online training
  • personal coaching and mentoring
  • self-selected project work back in practice, fully supported by VDS Training.

Key Learning Objectives:

By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to:

  • lead, manage and motivate your team effectively in a way that works for you
  • communicate more effectively and feel confident handling difficult situations
  • know how to leverage your strengths and manage your weaknesses
  • deal effectively with the leadership challenges you face day-to-day
  • select, manage and sustain quality improvement projects in your practice.


Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 February 2021, 10:00 – 16:30


Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 June 2021, 10:00 – 16:30