A Day in Life of Kate Richards, Territory Manager at Budget Vets.
Kate Richards is the Territory Manager of Budget Vets, a veterinary practice with six branches across South Wales with its head office in Newport.
Kate is a member of the Senior Management Team and her responsibilities include overseeing the management of individual branches within the company as well as establishing relationships with local charities, schools, businesses and organisations.
It’s a challenging but rewarding role for Kate as she will often have to call upon a range of different skills and expertise to manage the different tasks she is faced with each day.
So what is a typical day for Kate?
7am – Early start this morning to attend a Big Breakfast networking event in Rodney Parade. It’s important for Budget Vets to develop strong links with the local business community and networking is an important part of this for us. I packed the car with our marketing info last night so I can run out of the house knowing everything is ready.
It proved to be a productive meeting as I made a few new connections which I will follow up later to arrange meetings.
9:30am – Back to the office for our monthly PR meeting. Internal and external communications are essential to keep our staff, clients and local communities informed about our news and too pass on important information regarding pet care.
10:30am – Jump in the car to visit the Hope Rescue Kennels in Codely, Rhondda Cynon Taff. Hope Rescue are a charity very close to us and we sponsor a kennel there. The idea is that the ‘long term’ residents will go into the kennel and we will then use our contacts to try and get that dog into foster or adoption. Today I met our latest resident Emily a two year old crossbreed. I really enjoy my visits to Hope Rescue as instead of sitting in an office for a meeting, Alison their rehoming coordinator and I take a few of the dogs with us and go for a walk in the mountains whilst discussing what we need to.
1pm – Quick trip down the M4 to our Bridgend branch to meet the pupils from Abercerdin Primary School. Today we have our first of six class visits from the school who will be finding out what goes on at the Vets, meeting some of the animals we care and asking questions about working in the industry.
2pm – Just after the school party leave, its ‘all hands on deck’ for an emergency C – Section. After 20 mins our team have successfully delivered eight healthy pup’s for Coco a Bulldog and her owner Mrs Dove.
4 pm – Kennel Visit in Cwmbran. With the new micro chipping law coming into force a local kennels has 17 dogs all needing to be micro chipped. Our regular suppliers are running very low on stock so we need to source from an alternative company.
5pm – Supervisors Meeting. Every month the branch managers get together with the Senior Management Team to assess where we are and ensure we still delivering the great service to our clients and patients.
6 pm – Home time! It’s been a long but thoroughly enjoyable day. Who know what tomorrow will bring!!