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Upcoming events

Mind Matters Initiative Research Symposium – 20 January 2017
Mind Matters

The inaugural Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) Research Symposium will take place on at the University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls, under the theme ‘Understanding and supporting veterinary mental health’.

The event will bring together those involved in research into mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary profession in order to share latest findings and consider what interventions may be developed from this knowledge. There will also be the opportunity to identify the gaps in the current research jigsaw.

The event will be preceded, on the evening of Thursday 19 January, by an optional informal dinner at the beautiful St Leonard’s Hall, for a chance to network with colleagues and start the discussion.

Tickets for the Symposium cost £30 (or £54 including dinner on 19 January), and can be ordered online.


SPVS-VPMA Congress, Celtic Manor Hotel Newport – 26-28 January 2017
SPVS-VPMA Congress, Celtic Manor Hotel Newport - 26 - 28 January 2017

Staff will be on hand in the exhibition area promoting the Mind Matters Initiative and asking delegates to share their wellbeing tips with us for the chance to win a Fitbit Alta.  Find us on stand at E13. 

The Mind Matters Initiative is also sponsoring a day of talks on the Friday of Congress. The stream is focussed on the areas of mental health and wellbeing and will be chaired by Dr Radha Modgil.

The winners of the MMI supported SPVS Wellbeing Award which recognises practices that work to ensure a happy, healthy workforce will also be announced during the day.


Practice Standards Surgeries, SPVS-VPMA Congress – 27 January 2017
PSS surgeries

Want to find out about the changes to the Scheme? Considering applying for the new Awards? Thinking of joining the new Scheme? Then help is at hand.

We are offering free 30-minute private appointments with Ean Garner-Richardson, PSS Assessor at SPVS-VPMA Congress which is being held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

The surgeries are open to existing PSS members and those considering joining the Scheme for the first time. Places are limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Emma Lockley on e.lockley@rcvs.org.uk or 020 7202 0773 to book your appointment.


AVS Congress, Cambridge University – 28-29 January 2017
Education team

The Education Team will be on hand at the Careers Fair to answer questions about the Professional Development Phase and current College activities.




MMI / VPMA Mental Health for Managers Course, Swindon – 3 February 2017
VPMA MMI logos

This is the first in a series of courses jointly hosted by the Mind Matters Initiative and the Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA).

We have designed this course to help those in a management role in a veterinary practice or other veterinary workplace to support colleagues with mental health issues.

The training will take place at the Village Hotel, Swindon and through the support of both organisations the cost of places has been subsidised to ensure that the course is accessible to all. VPMA members receive additional discounts.
£80 for VPMA members
£120 for others

For further information and to register please visit Eventbrite.


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