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Head Nurse Congress 2017 bigger and better than ever before!


The College of Animal Welfare would like to thank all delegates, speakers and exhibitors who attended Head Nurse Congress on the 20 and 21 May for making the event such a success.

This year’s congress, sponsored by the Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) and VN Times, saw over 130 delegates come together with a shared interest and desire to get the very best out of their nursing team. The event included lectures on taking charge of challenging staff members, managing change, mastering meetings, resolving conflict and clashes – and much more!

Due to the fantastic feedback received about last year’s venue, Head Nurse Congress 2017 returned to the impressive Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa in Northamptonshire; allowing delegates to stay on site for the weekend if they so wished and wind down with the use of the onsite spa facilities.

Saturday’s congress also saw delegates compete for a chance to win a free place at Head Nurse Congress 2018. As part of the competition run by the college, delegates were asked to share their best leadership and management tips and have their picture taken with an Instaframe. Congratulations to the winners, Justine Spivey and Jessica Hotchin from Derbyshire Veterinary Services Ltd!

Short Course and Events Manager at The College of Animal Welfare, Tracey Croucher, said “We were delighted to see so many current and aspiring head nurses come together under one roof. Delegate numbers continue to grow, which says everything you need to know about the dedication that head nurses and practice managers have towards providing gold standard care to, not only, their animal patients, but staff members under their remit too”. She continued “Feedback from delegates about what they want to see at next year’s event is already being used to help us to make next year’s event even better!”

The date for Head Nurse Congress 2018 will be announced shortly. In the meantime you can register your details and be one of the first to hear about next year’s event at

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For more information please contact:
Alison German RVN
Marketing Executive
The College of Animal Welfare
Tel: 01480 422060

Notes to editors:
The College of Animal Welfare is one of the UK’s leading providers of veterinary nurse and animal care training and education; operating from four training centres around the UK.

The College has a well-earned reputation for excellence and has created a number of unique achievements that have created new opportunities for learning.

Head Nurse Congress is an annual event aimed at head veterinary nurses and practice managers and was launched in 2015.

For more information about The College of Animal Welfare please visit


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