On November 22 and 23, the Kirchberg Horse Clinic invited the members of the Medical Board and Medical Advisory Board to the 4th Medical Board Meeting with a subsequent tour of the Kirchberg Horse Clinic. Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe, presented the development of the Altano Gruppe. Last year, the Altano Gruppe grew into the leading horse clinic group in German-speaking countries. Dr. Baltus was particularly pleased with the very productive academic exchange within the group, which is supported by the regular meetings of the Medical Board. The use of synergy effects and the knowledge transfer within the group was demonstrated by the acquisition of an overground endoscope, which is available to the Altano Gruppe clinics. Central topics of the Medical Board Meeting were clinic documentation and personnel issues.
With regard to clinic documentation, the new procurement examination protocol developed by GPM, new X-ray guidelines and the optimised use of the EasyVet practice management software were presented. Mr. Thomas Fraedrich, founder and managing director of VetZ, explained, among other things, the advantages of the case system and the use of the findings forms and answered questions from the participants of the Medical Board.
To support the transfer of knowledge, the veterinarian Elisabeth Bank presented her diagnostic approach and many years of therapeutic experience with skin diseases of horses in a lecture on dermatology.
Employees of the Altano clinics benefit from the general GPM membership via the Altano Gruppe, a varied, discounted advanced training programme in the Altano clinics and regular online advanced training in the "Altano Club." The "Altano Club" started with a summary of the gynaecological, internal medicine and surgical-orthopaedic contents of this year's BEVA Congress and was enthusiastically received by the veterinarians of the Altano Gruppe. 26 TMFAs from the Altano Gruppe clinics were supported in their participation in advanced training for TMFA at the Foundation of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover at the beginning of November, which focused not only on gaining specialist knowledge but also on personal contact.
The introduction of the "Altano connect" exchange programme at all employee levels on a voluntary basis and the development of an Altano trainee programme to support specialist veterinarian training in the Altano Gruppe clinics are planned for 2019. In addition, the HR section of the Medical Board presented the biannual employee newspaper and the "Employees recruit employees" campaign.
The one-and-a-half day programme was concluded with the appointment of project teams to deal with specific issues and the presentation of the Altforweiler Horse Clinic as the newest member of the Altano Gruppe.