IVC Evidensia Empowers Emerging Leaders With New Artemis Programme

Thursday, November 10, 2022

With the continuing goal of developing leaders within the veterinary industry and being a great place for career advancement, IVC Evidensia has launched a new cross-company leadership development programme to equip emerging leaders with the tools they need to thrive in senior veterinary roles and help support their teams in delivering on our purpose of healthy animals, happy owners.

With the continuing goal of developing leaders within the veterinary industry and being a great place for career advancement, IVC Evidensia has launched a new cross-company leadership development programme to equip emerging leaders with the tools they need to thrive in senior veterinary roles and help support their teams in delivering on our purpose of healthy animals, happy owners.   

The Artemis Emerging Leaders programme is designed to strengthen the existing skills of veterinary professionals and improve self-awareness, for the purpose of opening up new career opportunities for the participants.  

As Europe’s leading veterinary care provider, IVC Evidensia has been at the forefront of professional development, and has already brought together 50 colleagues from across Europe. They represent a mixture of different veterinary roles, who all share the common goal of making a positive contribution to the business and the industry as a whole, in the future. 

After starting the course in May 2022, the 50 participants from 11 countries are now on the cusp of completing the 8-month course and will finish in December 2022. 

Roisin Fitzsimmons, an Area Director for IVC Evidensia who has been enrolled in the course commented: 
“I’m very proud to be part of the first cross-community leader development initiatives in IVC Evidensia. It has been such an amazing experience with 50 IVC Evidensia colleagues from all over Europe learning how to get the best out of myself and my teams.  

“This was a truly unique experience and a chance to develop myself exploring both business and leadership topics to become even better at my job.”  
 

What is the Artemis Leadership Development programme?

The Artemis Leadership Development programme is designed for individuals who have the potential or desire to take on more extensive or different responsibilities within their current role and would like to take their veterinary careers further.  

It was created in collaboration with Bj√∂rn Atterstam, a lecturer at Rotterdam School of Management and formerly at Prudential, and Elizabeth Healy, who amongst many other roles, is a television broadcaster, neuroscientist, actress and executive coach. 

The initial 8-month course included 6 online virtual workshops, 3 virtual coaching sessions and a 2-day in-person workshop that took place in Spain in October. 

The hybrid learning programme combines individual, small-group and large-group activities online as well as in-person. It includes self-development topics related to leadership such as, how to leverage and lead with your strengths, how to improve communication with others and how to create a team climate that allows people to flourish.  

These themes, as well as many more, allow participants to understand the bigger picture of working within the veterinary profession and start to understand how to make improvements not only to themselves, but also to the practice and community that they work and live in. 
 

A pipeline for all future leaders 

The investment in the learning and development of veterinary professionals ensures that IVC Evidensia can create a strong network of future leaders and a pipeline for those looking to move into leadership roles.  

Cara Molloy, an existing Clinical Director at Glenbrae Veterinary Clinic who has also taken part in the programme, said, “The Artemis Emerging Leaders programme has provided a unique and amazing learning experience, emphasising the vast opportunities and support that exists within a forward thinking and collaborative company.” 

The programme aligns with the existing Positive Pawprint Strategy outlined by IVC Evidensia in 2021, focusing on creating career paths for women and promoting ethnic diversity within the veterinary field. Additionally, it will not only empower colleagues to take the next step in their careers but also drive inclusion, remove barriers in the profession and pave the way for more positive change.