Ep 19: Starting your own practice
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
8M ago
With a growing number of practices being acquired by corporate groups, the age-old tradition of buying into an independent practice is slowly becoming a thing of the past, leaving many ambitious young vets with little option but to start from scratch. In this VBJ First Opinions Podcast, editor James Westgate talks to a young couple who did just that – building their “dream practice” from the ground up, with a little help from VetDynamics along the way. Claire Smith and Josh Willmot from Beacon View Veterinary Clinic join First Opinions to discuss the ins and outs, and ups and downs, of going i ..read more
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Ep 18: Junko Sheehan on three years of UNAVETS
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
11M ago
For this episode of VBJ First Opinions, we are delighted to be joined by the CEO and founder of one of Europe’s fastest growing veterinary groups – Junko Sheehan from UNAVETS. In this podcast, Junko talks to editor James Westgate about the company’s three years of explosive growth and its exciting plans for the future. ___________________ ????? ?? ??????? Junko has more than 20 years experience in finance and corporate development, with more than $30 billion in M&A and capital raising transactions. Her previous experience includes work in the TMT investment groups of Bear Stearns, Morgan S ..read more
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Ep 17: Talking tech with Paul May
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
2y ago
In this edition of the VBJ First Opinions podcast, editor James Westgate discusses technology and the way it has impacted on the UK veterinary sector – with a particular focus on how it helped transform the way veterinary professionals worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and how those changes may impact on the future of veterinary practice. On the line with him is Paul May, digital product manager at MWI Animal Health UK, provider of innovative animal health solutions to veterinary practices across the United Kingdom ..read more
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Ep 16: SPVS – bridging the gap, pt 2
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
2y ago
Welcome to the second part of “Bridging the Gap’ – a special two-part VBJ First Opinions podcast in association with the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS). Recorded as part of an ongoing initiative to highlight the benefits of SPVS membership for those just starting out on their careers, the first episode focused on some of the barriers to career progression and diversification that face young vets. This second instalment takes a look at some of the solutions and how SPVS can help vets at all stages in their careers across a range of issues – from EMS and emerging technologies t ..read more
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Ep 15: SPVS – bridging the gap, pt 1
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
2y ago
Welcome to the first part of a special VBJ First Opinions podcast in association with SPVS – the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons. As part of an ongoing initiative to highlight the benefits of SPVS membership for those just starting out on their careers, VBJ editor James Westgate hosted a panel discussion featuring three younger vets and three SPVS board members with decades of experience between them. Called “Bridging the Gap’, these ground-breaking discussions form a two-part podcast series. This first part focuses on some of the barriers to career progression and diversification th ..read more
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Ep 14: Craig Bennett on sustainable leadership
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
2y ago
To promote the VMG-SPVS Virtual Congress (13-14 May 2021), VBJ sat down with chief executive officer at The Wildlife Trusts, Craig Bennett. Craig will be opening congress at 9am on 13 May, but spoke to James Westgate in advance of his appearance to offer a sneak preview of some of his key messages and themes ..read more
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Ep 12: discussions in disruption with Anthony Chadwick
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
2y ago
Today, VBJ is delighted to be joined by Anthony Chadwick – a good friend of the publication and a well-known face across the UK veterinary profession, and beyond, through his work with The Webinar Vet. He’s a qualified veterinary surgeon, business owner, entrepreneur, and a man once described by VBJ’s James Westgate as “the veterinary sector’s own disruptor-in-chief”. Let’s hope he’s not going to be too disruptive today ..read more
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Ep 13: Latest lessons in learning – online with David Babington
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
2y ago
This episode of VBJ First Opinions sees VBJ editor James Westgate joined by David Babington, business development director for veterinary CPD provider Improve International. David was one of the co-founders of Improve back in 1998, and since that time he has seen a lot of change in the CPD sector – but probably nothing like he’s seen over the past year. David chats with James about all things CPD and, in particular, how his company has transitioned and pivoted over the last 12 months of the coronavirus pandemic ..read more
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Ep 11: life, the universe and everything, with Jamie Crittall
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
2y ago
First Opinions talks to Jamie Crittall – vet, practice owner, businessman and raconteur extraordinaire. James and Jamie discuss everything from live events and the latest tech, to telemedicine and Top Gun ..read more
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Ep 10: Thom Jenkins discusses PetsApp
VBJ First Opinions Podcast
by James Westgate
2y ago
PetsApp is a digital platform that has already helped hundreds of practices increase client engagement and generate extra revenue. An app-based total telemedicine solution offering video consults, payment processing capabilities, role-based text chat and much more, PetsApp is truly transformative tech. Record numbers of UK practices are turning to telemedicine* due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions and innovative but intuitive tools such as PetsApp have been the key for many in making it happen. Listen to PetsApp CEO Thom Jenkins explain how this adaptable platform can provide a secure base ..read more
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