As well as the forms of postgraduate study discussed on the Research page, veterinary schools offer a range of short-term courses focused on individual topics and aimed at improving practising veterinarians’ skills in specific areas. The RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons requires that all veterinary surgeons ensure that they develop knowledge and skills necessary to maintain effective professional practise. Over a rolling three-year period the recommended minimum CPD time is 105 hours.
To this end, schools offer a variety of differing course lengths to suit an individual’s requirements, including evening short courses, day courses, online courses, talks and seminars. There is a considerable range of topics on offer, from feline orthopaedics to cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation in small animals and youngstock health and management.
Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP)
The Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is assessed under a modular system, whereby candidates can build up credits over a maximum period of 10 years. Candidates must be enrolled with both the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the universities through which they are studying.
Alternately, modules can be taken individually with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons keeping a record of the individual’s achievement. Modules can be attempted in any order, and it is important to note that some universities place a two-year time limit within which to complete any individual module. More information can be found on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website.
Further information can be found on the websites to veterinary schools which run CPD courses:
- School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol
- The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh
- School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow
- School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool
- School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham
- Royal Veterinary College