The Society of Practicing Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) and the Veterinary Management Group (VMG formerly VPMA) approached Keystone to run their regional training programme. From 2011 to present, we have run a substantial programme of one-day events nationwide covering topics as diverse as ‘Management Mastery’ to ‘Greening up the Vet Profession’, ‘Vet Wellbeing in Practice’ to ‘Profitable Practice’.
We also run regular ‘mini-conferences’ focusing on topics such as Leadership, Technology, HR and Finance. Each of the days present two streams of workshops and a focused exhibition.
Taking training online
In 2020 we’ve taken everything online with a programme of live webinar CPD events. These included a series of one-hour sessions, incorporating homework and preparation in between, and a number of interactive full-day courses developed to best suit the online format.
We also hosted our first ‘Focus on our Digital Future Virtual Summit’ in June, which included live and interactive speaker sessions across two simultaneous streams, along with a virtual exhibitor hall, a community chat facility, and a hard-fought prize for the most engaged attendee. The event was visited one the day by more than 300 attendees, but also made available as recorded sessions to catch-up on as required. Due to the success of this event, a Focus on Leadership and Management conference was added to the year’s programme.
It is vital to offer events that recreate all that can be achieved in an attended event (without the time and cost involved with travelling to a venue!) Live and interactive sessions enable Q&A sessions with speakers, networking with exhibitors and socialising in online breakout rooms.
For all events, be they live, virtual or hybrid, Keystone are responsible for the programming, event set up, marketing, technical production, registration and management on the day.