CVS Group holds Veterinary Nurse Leadership Summit at BVNA Congress

5th October 2022

CVS Group is holding a veterinary nurse leadership summit on Saturday 8th October at the BVNA Congress 2022 to discuss how to harness a shared leadership approach to tackle issues faced in everyday practice.

The veterinary group is sponsoring a scientific programme within the Ironbridge 1 lecture theatre in the Telford International Centre in Shropshire, where the annual BVNA Congress will take place this year. All sessions will also be made available to delegates on live stream.

Four lectures will be given by senior CVS Group veterinary nursing colleagues, along with one guest speaking slot. The aim of the summit is to encourage attendees to think about the tasks in practice which could be delegated but often aren’t, due to lack of clarity or direction.

Collectively, the lectures will explore how effective and rewarding leadership is often achieved by recognising the capabilities of the whole team and how embracing a shared leadership approach can help. Sessions will touch on successful leadership styles and using self-reflection to better communicate with a team; how coaching and mentoring can play an important part in growing the confidence and competence of a team; and why time management and effective delegation can often go hand in hand.

Lucy Turner, Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer at CVS Group said: “Veterinary practices continue to face heavy workloads. Senior practice nurses are often expected to find solutions to lessen the burden on their team.  Empowering and utilising our nursing teams in practice will help to share the load more evenly and reduce the risks associated with burnout. Nurses will feel better engaged and fulfilled in their roles, helping them to be the nurse that they want to be. We hope that this summit will provide useful training, hints and tips to all attendees which they can take back into their everyday working environment.”

To support its veterinary nurse leadership summit and provide more information about the group, CVS Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer, learning and development teachers, and recruitment representatives will be available on stand B8 in the BVNA Congress exhibition hall. A free CVS pocket nurse’s companion with useful reference for the busy practice nurse will be given away to delegates. In addition, a prize draw will be held for a variety of prizes, including John Lewis vouchers and suture practice pads.

Vet Direct (owned by CVS Group) will also be exhibiting at the BVNA Congress on stand F4. Vet Direct is a specialist in the supply and distribution of practice equipment, clothing and consumables to the veterinary sector. Vet Direct’s veterinary nurse colleagues will be available on the stand to speak to delegates. They will also be holding short multi-parameter demonstration sessions with the Edan X-Series, highlighting an innovative oesophageal 2-in-1 probe monitor. In addition, the stand will showcase a selection of Vet Direct’s new range of clothing – handpicked for its high quality, comfort, durability and sustainability.

CVS Group operates across small animal, farm animal, equine, laboratories and crematoria, with over 470 veterinary practices and referral centres in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. It offers a wide diversity of clinical nursing roles. For more information about nursing careers with CVS Group visit


 The Veterinary Nurse Leadership Summit programme, sponsored by CVS, will comprise:

  • 09.00-10.00am: You can’t do it all – empowering your team, sharing the load. Lucy Turner RVN A1 CA SQP, Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer, CVS Group.
    • This session will look at leadership styles, effective delegation, time management and how a shared leadership can empower and grow your team.
  • 10.15-11.15am: Making the rota work in the modern work environment. Claire Smith RVN BSc (Hons), Interim Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer, CVS Group.
    • This session will look at the effective management of rotas and flexible working in practice. It will consider at how adaptations to rotas and the right mix of skills are necessary to enable veterinary nurses to reach their clinical potential.
  • 11.30-12.30pm: Leading a successful team – Part 1. Adele Wood RVN DipAVN DipHE CVN Assoc CIPD CMgr MCMI, Senior Learning Partner, CVS Group.
    • This session will consider how leaders can effectively communicate with their teams, and look at when and how different styles should be used based on team preferences and interpersonal skills.
  • 13.15-14.15pm: Leading a successful team – Part 2. Laura Daniels BSc Assoc CIPD, Learning Partner, CVS Group.
    • This session will consider how poor communication can manifest problems within a team. It will explore psychological safety and the opportunities to embed it within team working practices to drive success.
  • 14.30-15.30pm: Navigating your way – leader vs manager. Jo Oakden FdSc RVN ISFMCertFN CertFVHNut.