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In the provision of veterinary services in Ireland, effective stock control emerges as a lever for operational efficiency and sustained profitability. Veterinary practices, irrespective of their size, grapple with the critical challenge of managing inventory effectively. Recognising the significance of accurate stock control is not just a matter of operational efficiency; it is a strategic move that directly impacts both patient care and financial outcomes.

Efficient stock control ensures that essential supplies, pharmaceuticals, and equipment are readily available, streamlining daily operations and fostering a seamless patient care experience, whilst reducing volumes of out-of-date, missing, broken or damaged stock items. In emergency situations, the ability to promptly access necessary medications and diagnostic tools becomes paramount, directly impacting the quality of care delivered.

Moreover, sound stock management directly influences financial outcomes. Overstocking ties up valuable capital and risks product obsolescence, while understocking can lead to delayed treatments, lost sales and dissatisfied clients. Striking the right balance through efficient stock control becomes not only a matter of operational necessity but a strategic approach to cost control.

In the competitive landscape of the Irish veterinary industry, practices that prioritise effective stock control systems are better positioned to enhance operational efficiency, provide superior patient care, and ultimately bolster their bottom line.

The introduction of Ireland’s first Stock Control Course for the veterinary industry marks a pivotal moment. Developed by XLVets Skillnet, this course is tailored to the unique needs of veterinary practices and designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools required to initiate transformative changes to stock management in your practice.

“XLVets Skillnet’s veterinary stock control course transformed my practice. It provided practical skills to streamline stock management, addressing real challenges and empowering me to implement efficient processes. The comprehensive insights gained have significantly improved our operational efficiency and, ultimately, our bottom line. XLVets Skillnet’s commitment to excellence makes this course an essential investment for any veterinary business owner seeking sustainable success.”
Conor Geraghty, Veterinary Practice Owner, Galway

“XLVets Skillnet’s veterinary stock control course has helped my understanding of the importance of stock management in the practice and rang alarm bells in terms of issues specific to our business, particularly high-volume, low margin products like vaccines, and the impact of mobile stocks- what have you got in the van, which can be a major cause of stock leakage in our business if not handled appropriately. It provided practical starting steps to optimise inventory, reduce waste, and enhance operational efficiency.
As always, discussions between the participants provided endless insights and stories, and this was all mediated patiently and with great encouragement by the trainer Padraig.”
Padraig Duggan, Veterinary Practice Owner, Tipperary

About XLVets Skillnet:
Established in 2011, XLVets Skillnet is a not-for-profit Learning Network co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and our member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Of the 70+ Skillnet Ireland Learning Networks, we are the only Network dedicated exclusively to supporting the veterinary sector in Ireland. We do this through the provision of high-quality, sector-led, subsidised training and education.

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