SPVS Recent Graduates

These resources are designed to be of benefit to our recent graduate members.

The SPVS Recent Graduate course is coming soon! In the meantime, please use the various resources below to get started.

Ami Sawran
“be forthcoming about what you need”

Silvia Janska
“offer to help out – a little help goes a long way!”

Helen Swift
“familiarise yourself with the dispensary to save time in consults”

Pete Orpin
“be honest – don’t be frightened of making mistakes – use them as learning opportunities”

Top Tips for loving life as a GP vet – a series of 6 podcasts.

In this series SPVS Past President Steph Writer-Davies shares her top tips on how best to thrive in practice and achieve a wider satisfaction from work as a GP.

The series will be of benefit to all practising vets from students to experienced vets and what we hope is that it will trigger conversations and discussions that take us all to a better place.

Episode 1 – Building relationships

Having great relationships is a key fundamental thing to get right in your life. In this podcast Steph discusses the importance of relationships and interactions with your team, the practice, clients and the wider community. It includes advice engaging potential mentors, extending your support beyond your immediate vet colleagues and building positive relationships with clients and their animals.

Episode 2 – Turning Stress into Positivity

Go to work in a positive frame of mind and expect to have a good day!
Steph discusses ways to start your day with a positive mindset and effective ways to help reduce the impact of a stressful day. She shares situations where she became very stressed and the negative impact that this had on her team and how she dealt with it.

Episode 3 – Getting the best from clients

Primary care practice is uniquely challenging and so much of what vets do is about working with clients.
Clients are not your enemies! They are part of the solution to treating their animals.  Learn to consider them as members of the ‘team involved in managing their pet’s problem’.

Episode 4 – Learning from mistakes and building on successes

This podcast focuses on mistakes, learning opportunities and getting the best from success.
Recognise that you are human and that there will be mistakes and successes.  Learn to ‘forgive’ yourself for your mistakes BUT learn from them, embracing them as opportunities to grow, develop and improve your skills rather than sticks to beat yourself up with.

Episode 5 – Take a flexible approach to your career plans and aspirations and learn the art of contentment

Each of us has our own career path and, whilst tempting to compare with our colleagues, that isn’t always helpful.  People have different experiences in life and different paths in response to those.


Aim to be the master of your own destiny!

EMS Placement Health and Safety Self-Assessment for Students

EMS Webinars

Two webinars offering practical advice and top tips on how to improve the EMS experience for both students and busy practitioners. The second focuses on the particular challenges faced during Covid and offers solutions on how to get the best from EMS during these tricky times.

Contributor biographies:

Leigh-Anne Brown
SPVS board member and Senior Veterinary Surgeon & JVP, Vets4Pets Harrogate
Leigh-Anne graduated from the university of Glasgow in July 2000, and moved to Yorkshire in the August of that year. She took over the Harrogate practice in 2008 and has been there ever since. In that time they have been RCVS accredited, and become a nurse training practice. The practice has hosted many vet students, who Leigh-Anne says ‘feel like an extended family across the profession’ now they have qualified. Leigh-Anne also volunteers for Street Paws as an outreach vet for their homeless project, and is on the SPVS board, acting as editor and contributes articles for their publications.

Natalie Granger
Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Director, Park Vet Group
Natalie qualified from The Royal Veterinary College, London in 2002. After a brief spell in practice in Kent, she joined Park Vet Group in 2003. She is now Lead Clinical Director for the practice, working clinically as a small animal vet, and taking on many varied management tasks.
Natalie is also part of the Large Animal out of hours team, so can sometimes be found on farms in the middle of the night and at weekends. Natalie undertook EMS at the Park Vet Group, and has now worked there for 17 years. She believes ‘good quality EMS is invaluable to the individual, and it is our honour, and responsibility, to provide this for future generations.’

Brin McNeill
Veterinary Surgeon and Practice Principal, Castle Veterinary Centre, Nottingham
Brin qualified from Glasgow in 1984. After two years as small animal house physician at Glasgow Veterinary School she moved to concentrate on small animal practice. Since 1996, she has been joint principal along with her husband Ewan of the Castle Veterinary Centre in Nottingham. Brin notes ‘while we are a small independent practice we host many EMS students; all of whom are given plenty of hands-on experience and keep us on our toes in return.’

Isobel Arthur
AVS President 2020-21
Isobel is a current final year student at the University of Nottingham, due to graduate in 2021. She joined AVS as a university representative in 2017 and has since progressed to become president for the national association.