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To help members achieve the required 35 hours' CPD per year and develop their professional and technical skills, the BVA is increasing its CPD offering this year. Working with the Association's CPD partners – the Royal Veterinary College, the Webinar Vet, the London Vet Show, the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons and the Veterinary Practice Management Association – 2012 sees some exciting new developments and projects. Some courses are exclusive to members and all include a discounted rate for BVA members. Courses that are run at the BVA's HQ in London offer an extra loyalty discount for members who have five continuous years of membership.
In 2012 the BVA is developing the theme of the clinical refresher courses held in 2010 and 2011 with the RVC, with a series of lecture and case-based CPD days covering the essentials of small animal practice to help answer common problems encountered in general practice. It's a great update for any newcomer to small animal practice or anyone who's been out of practice for a while and would like a refresher.
Here's what one delegate said about the BVA's 2011 clinical courses: ‘These courses are excellent update days rather than just clinical refreshers for vets returning to work. As such, this is the best value CPD around.’
The BVA is also building on its non-clinical CPD by offering members and non-vet staff significant discounts on a programme of business and personal development courses. The types of courses on offer this year include:
■ Getting the most from your practice team;
■ Time management;
■ Setting up a practice;
■ Employment law – rights and responsibilities;
■ Planning for the last 10 years in practice;
■ Media and interview skills.
This is what one delegate said about one of last year's courses: ‘It was a really good day – spot on – am very glad I attended, it was well worth the time out of the office.’
BVA Careers Fair
The BVA is often asked by members for careers advice, whether it's to help them advance in their current jobs or to learn what options are available outside practice.
In 2012, BVA is building on the careers advice it already offers, such as its ‘New Graduate Guide’, by holding a two-day careers fair – exclusively for members – at the London Vet Show (LVS), which will be held at Olympia, London, from November 15 to 16.
The fair will provide members with advice and support around their careers and career development, focusing on three main themes: starting your career; career options; and taking the next step.
The fair will feature one-to-one drop-in sessions, including:
■ Careers advice – one-to-one support on any aspect of your career;
■ Financial advice – including how to manage student debt or save for the future;
■ Legal advice – including issues over contracts of employment.
The fair will also feature a careers exhibition.
Only BVA members will be able to access the event and at no additional cost to the show price. What's more, members will receive an additional 10 per cent off the lowest advertised rate to the London Vet Show in 2012.
Two hundred final-year student members are eligible for a BVA scholarship to attend the LVS, giving them 50 per cent off the lowest advertised show rate. The scholarships will be available on a first come, first served basis.
More information is available at www.bva.co.uk/careers