Reflecting the growing importance of graduate recruitment to its business, CVS has appointed Charlotte Bray BVetMed MRCVS to the newly created role of Veterinary Graduate Programme Manager. In this role, which she takes up on 1 December 2015, she will lead the development of CVS’ two year New Graduate Programme, the largest currently in the market place, reporting to Helen Wiseman, CVS HR Director. She will also provide mentoring and support to more than 150 graduates who are already enrolled onto the Programme and work with CVS’ recruitment specialists to increase graduate recruitment.
During 2016, CVS expects to continue to grow its intake of new graduates, taking on a further 120 to its New Graduate Programme, which offers regular CPD and other training geared specifically to their needs. It also gives them the opportunity to gain experience in first opinion practice and in a range of specialist facilities, including multi-disciplinary referral hospitals and dedicated out of hours centres, owned by CVS.
Charlotte Bray qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and worked in small animal practice, most recently at West Mount Vets in Halifax, which joined CVS in 2014. Outside work, she represents England in dressage competitions.
Commenting on her new role, she said: “While in practice I was passionate about teaching undergraduates, new graduates and trainee nurses and really enjoyed watching them develop into effective young professionals . This, combined with my own interest in CPD and skills development, equips me well for this new and exciting role at CVS. We want our graduates to feel fully supported as they transition into the workplace and to start to understand the full potential which their hard-earned career offers them.”
Helen Wiseman added: “Graduates joining CVS benefit from a well-structured New Graduate Programme which is then a gateway to the widest range of veterinary career options on offer in the UK. Whether their interest lies in general practice, developing a specialism or moving into a business management role, we offer all of our graduates the opportunity to take their career in their chosen direction or possibly even in a direction they might not even have considered. They are our future and potentially future leaders of CVS so we want them to enjoy their time with us and to build a fulfilling career. In her new role, Charlotte will help us to ensure that we develop what we already have in place to do just that.”
Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff whilst continuing to invest in the development of their clinical skills and in research to drive the profession forward. It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential. CVS’ guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers. The company works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.