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Postgraduate qualifications through distance learning
  1. Royal Veterinary College


The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is offering vets the chance to ask questions about enhancing their career and gaining specialist knowledge through its distance learning programmesecord Careers aims to reflect the diverse range of career opportunities available to vets and related professionals. Suggestions for articles are welcome, and should be sent to

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THE RVC's programme in livestock health and production is aimed at veterinarians, animal health specialists and livestock farmers, and addresses contemporary issues of livestock production, while its programme on veterinary epidemiology and public health will provide animal health specialists, epidemiologists and public health specialists with an understanding of the conceptual basis of veterinary epidemiology and public health. Both programmes are modular, thereby allowing participants to study at their own pace by taking a single module or building up to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or a Masters.

The stand alone CPD modules allow participants to get a taste of what it is like to study before committing to a full degree. They can choose from 35-hour, 50-hour or 240-hour individual modules, and these may be studied for career development purposes only. However, on successful completion of a 240-hour individual module, it is possible to use this as a credit towards further studies with the programme.

Philip Robinson, who is taking part in the online Q&A session, gained a Masters in veterinary epidemiology and public health with the RVC; he wrote an article for Vet Record Careers about the benefits of distance learning while working, see = 74

The RVC believes that its animal welfare module, which forms part of the livestock health and production programme, could be of interest to the majority of vets; it says that this module aims to give vets a balanced overview of welfare and ethics of farm, companion, competition, wildlife and laboratory animals, by ‘challenging analytical thinking and judgement within today's social and agricultural context’.

The modular format offer vets the opportunity to continue their professional and academic development. Achieving the qualifications also provides an opportunity for new or enhanced career prospects.

Supported learning

Course participants receive a printed study pack and online resources, which include a discussion board and academic tutorials, plus support from RVC staff.

Any questions?

To find out more about what the programme involves, the RVC is holding an online question and answer session on Thursday October 18, when experts will be on hand to answer questions of an academic or administrative nature.

For those thinking about applying for the MSc, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate, the Q&A session is an opportunity to ask questions of the programme team before submitting an application – the application deadline of November 1 is fast approaching!

Questions from those considering applying for an individual module in preference to the full MSc will also be very welcome.

To join in the Q&A session, log on to and create an account by clicking on the ‘Create new account’ link in the right-hand navigation bar. You can then submit your questions at the bottom of the page. Questions can be submitted now, although they will only be answered when the session is live on October 18, between 19.30 and 21.00.

Application deadline

Applications for individual modules can be submitted at any time. However, the deadline for the MSc, postgraduate diploma or the postgraduate certificate is November 1.

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