The College of Animal Welfare

Head Nurse Congress

Thursday 5th May 2022

Early Bird pricing is available until 11 March 2022

Virtual Event

What is Head Nurse Congress?

Head Nurse Congress is an event solely focused on head veterinary nurses and practice managers - exploring all aspects of the roles; from the many different responsibilities, to the challenges that are faced on a daily basis.

You’ll get the chance to listen to a variety of relevant lectures from expert industry speakers and gain valuable CPD.

Who should attend?

Head nurses and practice managers. Whether you are a new or aspiring head nurse or practice manager, or have been one for many years, this congress is for you! The congress will be particularly useful if you are:

  • New to your role and looking for some guidance
  • Interested in learning more about management
  • Aiming to progress within your role
  • Interested in keeping up-to-date with everything happening in the industry

Why attend?

  • Listen to lectures from a range of speakers who will be sharing their experiences and knowledge
  • Q&A sessions mean your questions will be answered by the speakers themselves
  • Gain practical takeaways on a variety of topics that you can implement in your practice
  • Earn 8 hours of evidenced CPD
  • Gain online access to recordings of all the lectures and lectures from previous congresses up until the next event

Online Registration, Exhibition and Lounges

Chairman's Welcome

Emotional Intelligence Skills - Supporting Yourself and Others in Trying Times

Anne-Marie Svendsen Aylott MRCVS, PurpleCat Coaching Ltd.

Juggling your Managerial and Clinical Workloads

Gemma Barmby, Vet Dynamics

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Morning Break, Online Exhibition and Lounges

Flexible Working - Making Part Time Work for Both Parties

Supporting the Return to Work Journey

Claire Hodgson BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS - British Veterinary Chronic Illness Support (BVCIS)

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Lunch Break, Online Exhibition and Lounges

Embracing Change

Chris White BSc (Hons), MBA, Assoc CIPD, Veterinary Management Group & Pets At Home Veterinary Group

Change is constant, sometimes gradual and progressive, sometimes sudden and radical.

In the veterinary world, as well as having to rapidly adapt to the recent pandemic, we have to help our teams through changes in business ownership and changes in everyday working life as technology, competitive pressures, and new ways of working emerge.

In this session we will look at the nature of change, how to approach it, how people react to it, how to help your people through it, and how to make the change process more effective.

Confidence for Leadership - How to Trust and Inspire

Dr Libby Kemkaran-Thompson MA VetMB MRCVS, Kemkaran Consulting Ltd

Live Q&A Panel

Present questions (anonymously if desired) to the speakers.

Chairman's Close

Online Exhibition and Lounges

Please note this programme is subject to change.

Anne-Marie Svendsen AylottAnne-Marie Svendsen Aylott MRCVS
PurpleCat Coaching Ltd.

Anne-Marie is an Inspirational Leadership coach and trainer. Her focus is on helping organisations and individuals create a culture of positive change both within themselves and in the organisation where employee motivation and happiness is in focus. Her training focuses on the skills of strong and inspirational leadership. All her training is grounded in research and psychology and provides in-depth skills in superb communication, emotional intelligence skills and driving high end resilience in leaders and their teams. Anne-Marie has a background as a veterinary surgeon and has worked for many years with sales, marketing and training.

Chris WhiteChris White BSc (Hons), MBA, Assoc CIPD
Veterinary Management Group & Pets At Home Veterinary Group

Chris has worked in senior operational management within the veterinary sector for the last 14 years, including roles at Vets Now, The Vet, Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists (SCVS), VetPartners, and the Pets At Home Veterinary Group where he currently oversees a number of strategic projects.

He has designed and delivered ‘soft skills’ training on a variety of topics throughout his career, including the design and delivery of leadership development workshops for new managers at VetPartners, and is also a regular contributor to The Veterinary Edge magazine.

He joined the Board of Directors of the Veterinary Management Group in March 2021 to further realise his passion for cultivating high quality leadership and management.

Dr Libby Kemkaran-Thompson MA VetMB MRCVS
Kemkaran Consulting Ltd

Libby was a Management Consultant in the city and had her own consultancy focused on Change Management/Business Development, before she then decided to retrain to be a vet.

She graduated 2011 with the Pfizer Animal Health prize for outstanding achievement, and the vet school curriculum was subsequently altered to incorporate some of the findings from her final year dissertation.

A lifelong student of Behavioural Psychology and Neuro-associative Conditioning she took the opportunity whilst at Cambridge to undertake a degree in Biological and Biomedical Science, with a major in Behaviour, specifically the Neural Mechanisms of Behaviour.

She then spent five years working as a small animal clinician before a car crash left her too injured to work as a vet.  She qualified as a Certified Flow Consultant and began to use her Business Consultancy skills to help vets improve their business and team dynamic to build a thriving practice and personal life.

TEDx Speaker and Circle Host, she delivers her TAMETM Your Brain programme of strategy and Neurocoaching to the corporate world leading change in Management, Communications, and helping individuals overcome their limiting beliefs to develop the Mindset for Success.

Details about Head Nurse Congress 2022 will be available soon. In the meantime, have a look at who exhibited at our previous event:

Burtons LogoBurtons

The Burtons family have manufactured, distributed, and serviced equipment for the veterinary community for 40 years. Our range, covering everything from anaesthesia to x-ray, is largely made in-house, in the UK. Established for three generations, the Burtons ethos is to give honest expert advice and excellent customer service.

Our nationwide fleet of service engineers are available for emergency callouts, as well as undertaking routine equipment maintenance. At our renowned Burtons Repair Centre, technicians receive items for inspection, calibration, or repair. Our team of local product specialists will give you expert advice and guidance, full product demonstrations and technical training.

Invicta Animal Health LogoInvicta Animal Health

Invicta Animal Health is an innovative, fast growing pharmaceutical company, offering tailored 1:1 and group CPD sessions on Surgical Preparation of the Patient. Alongside a portfolio of products such as Ethycalm Plus, a topical spray for needle/catheter access. Blod-Stopp a stain & sting free way of stopping nails from bleeding to fast acting tests for ringworm.

On the equine side as well as the skin prep, we have a great Hyaluronic Acid product in Syn-Vet50 with its high molecular weight so that it stays in the horses joint for longer amongst other benefits. Please get in touch to find out more.

Leucillin Animal Skincare LogoLeucillin Animal Skincare

Leucillin Animal Skincare is a Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) based high efficacy antimicrobial solution. Leucillin is a broad spectrum antiseptic with unbeatable 99.99999% results, it has minimal contact time and is suitable for use on all mammals, birds and reptiles. Leucillin dramatically reduces bacterial load with no hypersensitivity reactions or usage constraints and is approved by the Organic Soil Association.

Leucillin has an extensive range of applications including first aid, post-surgical sites, stubborn infectants, effective topical allergy care and ear and eye care. Leucillin can be used to cleanse and flush any topical condition from minor cuts and abrasions, Mud Fever, Ringworm to Thrush. Leucillin now has approval for use on humans.

Linnaeus LogoLinnaeus

Linnaeus is a forward-thinking partnership of highly-respected primary care and referral veterinary practices across the UK, comprising some of the best clinicians in the profession.  Two important things bring us together; a commitment to excellence in everything we do and our passion to achieve our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. Linnaeus is owned by Mars, that makes us part of their 85,000 Petcare Associates who spend their days thinking about the 400 million pets of the world and how to improve their lives. Being part of this amazing global group gives us the benefit of a huge network of experts and specialists, a future we can invest in and the security that allows us to concentrate on what we do best - caring for pets.

At Linnaeus we carefully select the practices we partner with to ensure the highest levels of patient care across our group. Together we provide a growing community of like-minded veterinary professionals who are passionate about what they do. We work with different types of practices, in every field of veterinary medicine, including small animal, farm and equine. We have around 4,000 Associates within our family across over 160 sites which is made up of 16 referral and 50 primary care practices.

Millpledge Veterinary LogoMillpledge Veterinary

Millpledge Veterinary has been supplying the UK Veterinary Profession for over 35 years. Our aims are to offer the Veterinary Professional an ever-expanding choice of quality Millpledge branded products and services with innovative designs specifically for the veterinary professional. Ranging from pharmaceuticals to Nutraceuticals, bandaging, dressings, and fluid therapy, encompassing products for companion and large animal use. Providing complete peace of mind for the veterinary profession.

CAW LogoThe College of Animal Welfare

The College of Animal Welfare is one of the largest providers of veterinary nurse training in the UK, with centres in Cambridgeshire, North London, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Scotland. We strongly believe that education and training is the key to raising standards of animal welfare. To this end, we strive to create new and accessible opportunities for learning, and encourage employers and those working with animals to undertake appropriate levels of training and continue with lifelong learning and education.


Summit is a UK based veterinary specials manufacturer. We are committed to providing high quality innovative solutions exclusively to veterinary surgeons and their patients. We understand the compliance and dosing challenges that veterinary surgeons face and offer a variety of products in strengths and dosage forms that you may find appropriate for your practice. Summit offers quality products at affordable pricing, enabling veterinary surgeons to fulfil their commitment to their client’s health and well-being. Products are for use under the provisions of the Cascade.

Vet Direct LogoVet Direct

Value for all - Big or Small
Vet Direct - have been supporting veterinary practices for over 25 years. For all of your practice needs, equipment training & friendly customer service:

  • Consumables
  • Retail Products
  • Instruments & Implants
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Equipment
  • Surgical Furniture
  • Workwear

Vet Direct offers over 14,000 products all stocked products within our modern distribution centre - for quick delivery. We have a full nationwide team of Account Managers to help assist you with product selection, demonstrations and technical questions.

Vets4Pets Logo Vets4Pets

We put pets first: Beyond all else, we’re committed to animal health and welfare, and we absolutely put pets first. The most powerful partnerships we have are with pets and their owners. This is at the heart of what we do and always will be.

Vets4Pets is proud to be one of the largest veterinary groups in the UK with a national network of practices run by partners who enjoy clinical freedom and autonomy to do things their way. Our practices are supported by dedicated business professionals based in our Support Office who have the expertise to help them thrive.

Visiocare Services LogoVisioCare Services

VisioCare Services provide an array of digital solutions for your practice; helping to enhance your reputation with clients, improve effectiveness of consultations, providing the next level in two-way communication, whilst saving time and phone calls for all the practice team. Including: VisioCare TV | VisioCare Consult | VisioCare myBuddy pet app

Vita Animal Health LogoVita Animal Health

Vita Animal Health’s range of veterinary exclusive supplements has been developed over many years, in conjunction with leading scientists and researchers, and have been rigorously tested. Vita Animal Health has a passion for researching, developing and bringing to market innovative products for companion animals.


Head Nurse Congress
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Early Bird

Early Bird pricing is available until 11 March 2022. All prices are listed without VAT and savings including VAT.

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Interested in exhibiting at Head Nurse Congress 2021?

Head Nurse Congress is a unique congress aimed at head veterinary nurses, practice managers and those aspiring to those roles.

Why exhibit with us?

  • Limited exhibitor numbers - Unlike larger congresses where hundreds of exhibitors often mean that visitors will not remember everyone, exhibition space for these events is strictly limited. As such you will get the opportunity to engage with all of the delegates attending our congresses personally.
  • Make meaningful business connections – Network with those that influence decision making in veterinary practice face-to-face and make relevant industry contacts.
  • Cost effective – with exhibitor packages starting from just £250+VAT, our prices offer value for money and fall considerably below that of larger events within the industry.

Download a booking form or call Claire Gregory, on 01480 422060.