Two award-winning Scottish independent veterinary practices have come together to launch a pioneering new graduate training programme...

Graeme & Ross

Reigning Glasgow’s Favourite Business, The Pets’n’Vets Family, a network of veterinary practices with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas, has collaborated with Fife-based Inglis Vets, named Best Scottish Vets at the recent Best UK Vets Award 2016, to create a new graduate training programme that will result in the recruitment this year of four new graduates between the two practices.

The new.graduatevet programme (or ‘Dot’ programme) provides an innovative approach to new graduate training in Scotland with hands-on surgical training at Inglis Vets’ ‘Care and Save’ practice in Cowdenbeath, relevant and friendly seminars from Advanced Veterinary Practitioners at the Pets'n'Vets’ Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital in Glasgow and a digital edge provided by a quirky new website accessible to all new and recent graduates; www.new.graduatevet.co.uk

Inglis Vets senior vet Graeme Eckford, said: “This innovation has seen Scotland’s two leading independent vets, Inglis and The Pets’n’Vets Family, bring our considerable combined expertise and facilities together to create what we believe to be the best well-rounded, supported and unique new graduate training programme available in Scotland.

“Support is delivered through an integrated mentor system, peer-to-peer learning opportunities and regular case reviews, with the Dot programme designed to integrate with, and augment, the PDP requirements.”

Ross Allan, a partner in The Pets‘n’Vets Family, said: “The Dot programme will see the new graduates undertake advanced training and extra practice on surgery, consultations and general practice to accelerate their surgical skills and confidence at Inglis Vets ‘Care and Save’– Cowdenbeath before attending the Pets'n'Vets Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital in Glasgow’s Southside for a digest of seminars.

“We are proud to work with Inglis Vets to develop the programme which we believe will provide a platform for new graduates to apply the skills they’ve learned at university throughout the previous five years, and allow them to excel in their careers.

“We believe this exciting new venture demonstrates the willingness of progressive independent veterinary practices to work constructively together to allow both our new graduate vets, and in turn our practices, to thrive. There will be considerable opportunities for the new graduate vets when they have completed their training in the 16 practices which comprise our two ground-breaking vet practices.”

The website www.new.graduatevet.co.uk has been established to run alongside the new.graduatevet programme as an online mentor and with the aim of providing a community and learning space for all new and recent graduate vets; a much-needed resource for the next generation of vet graduates. Its range of blogs, news and advice on a range of relevant topics are available to all.

New veterinary graduates can apply for a place on the Dot programme by logging onto www.new.graduatevet.co.uk

ENDS For further information please contact Ross Allan at tel 0141 649 4949 or ross.allan@petsnvets.org or Graeme Eckford on 01383 722 818 or graeme@inglisvets.com Issued on behalf of Pets’n’Vets by Liquorice Media tel 0141 297 1699www.liquorice-media.com Date: 13 April 2016

Notes to Editors • The Pets’n’Vets family is a collection of veterinary practices. Glasgow’s own vets, run by Glaswegians, it is a small and friendly partnership, with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas.

• Because the Pets‘n’Vets Family is run by animal lovers, its vets understand just how special their pets are to their clients. It aims to offer the best local service, care and value with no gimmicks or tie-ins – just excellent vet care.

• The Pets‘n’Vets Family has been caring for Glasgow’s pets for over 40 years and its practices are all Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Accredited. To find your nearest practice visit www.petsnvets.org

• The Pets’n’Vets Family, was named ‘Glasgow’s Favourite Business 2015’ in a public vote organised by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and the Evening Times for the Glasgow Business Awards 2015. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/13801755.Winnerswhomean_business/

• Dunfermline based Inglis Vets has seven surgeries including Edinburgh, Kinross, Cowdenbeath and Alloa.

• Inglis Vets recently won the “Practice Marketing award” in the only category open to practices at the recent Veterinary Marketing Awards presented by TV newsreader Kate Silverton.

• Inglis “Care and Save” clinic in Cowdenbeath was opened by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2012 and has been a fantastic resource for low cost vet care for Fife and training for Edinburgh University students.

• Inglis Vets recently opened the UK’s first health and wellness centre exclusively for pets.