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The Veterinary Management Group (VMG) has announced the first recipients of its new Awards for research into veterinary management.

The Awards aim to promote and support evidence-based management in the veterinary sector with topics selected from this year’s bids including veterinary leadership; gender and entrepreneurship; corporatisation and career pathways.

The three winning recipients, each of whom has been awarded a grant of £1,800, have started their research projects and will report on progress during Summer 2020. They will present their results and recommendations at a new Evidence-Based Practice showcase during VMG-SPVS Congress in January 2021.

The successful Awards are:
Award 1: ‘An exploratory study into the barriers and enablers to female veterinary surgeons becoming leaders in independent veterinary practice in the UK’
Primary Investigator: Dr Kerrie Hedley BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS, Chief Operating Officer, XLVets UK Ltd; Co-investigator: Jamie Callahan BSc MA EdD PhD, Professor of Leadership and Human Resource Management, Newcastle Business School

Award 2: ‘New frontiers in veterinary business management: Exploring corporatisation as an entrepreneurial leadership opportunity for female veterinarians’
Primary Investigator: Sarah Baillie BSc BVSc CertCHP MRCVS, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Education, University of Bristol; Co-investigator: Professor Colette Henry BA MBA PhD, Head of Department of Business Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland) Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Tromsų (Norway)

Award 3: ‘Returning vets to practice’
Primary Investigator: Caroline Clarke BSc MSc PhD Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, Open University Business School; Co-investigator: David Knights BSc MSc PhD, Distinguished Scholar in Organisation, Work and Technology, Lancaster University Management School, Professor in Business, Oxford Brookes Business School.
The VMG launched its Awards in June 2019 in order to help veterinary leaders embrace the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector and to help them to continue to meet patient needs effectively while remaining profitable in today’s increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world.

Applications for the next round of Awards will open in early 2020.