In 2016 we launched a joint initiative with the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) – the SPVS/MMI Wellbeing Award.

The award recognises those practices with management systems and initiatives that motivate and engage their staff and who can demonstrate their commitment to being a better place to work.

Entries can be from branch surgeries or whole practices and there are three different categories, depending on number of employees.

This year’s entry deadline was 31 October 2016, and the prize for each category includes two registrations and banquet tickets for Veterinary Practice Management Association/SPVS Congress 2017.

The awards process includes a Wellbeing Checklist which anyone can complete, whether or not they are entering, to audit their own practice performance and use to pick up tips on other activities they could implement.

We will celebrate by sharing the winning practice’s secrets to success at VPMA/SPVS Congress as part of the Mind Matters session on Friday 27 January 2017. If you are coming to Congress, do come and gather some tips on what you can do to improve the wellbeing of your team.

The 2017/8 awards are likely to open for entries in the spring.