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Mentoring programme to support female veterinary professionals
Kerry Hedley, chief operating officer at XLVets.
Sessions will cover running a vet practice and navigating motherhood.

A new mentoring programme for women in the veterinary profession to support their career development has been launched. 

Veterinary Women in Leadership is a joint collaboration between Veterinary Women and XL Vets designed to offer both mentoring and the opportunity for women at any stage of their career to become mentors.

The platform provides access to an inspiring array of mentors who have signed up to share their skills and experience with other female veterinary professionals. From running a vet practice and team management to navigating motherhood and mental wellbeing in leadership roles, the sessions can range from a one-off telephone call to regular meetings. 

Commenting on her own experience of mentoring, Kerrie Hedley, chief operating officer at XLVets, said: “There is a misconception that mentoring is only for those at the beginning of their career journey, but that is simply not true. 

“There is always an opportunity to learn, to be inspired by the stories and challenges overcome by others. Mentoring gives me dedicated time and space to work on personal development, which continues to be an important part of my own career development.” 

The mentoring platform has been announced alongside a virtual mentor training CPD event, Women in Leadership: Mentoring Matters, which takes place on 15 September. During this event, attendees can learn about the theory of mentoring as well as the practical skills and tools required for the role.

The event will be co-hosted by Ian Harrison, executive coach and learning facilitator at Growhouse GB. For more information and to book tickets, visit

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.