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Educating the educators
  1. Faye Davies

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A new course for veterinary educators offers the choice of gaining an associate qualification or building up to a masters degree. Course administrator Faye Davies explains

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ONE of the Royal Veterinary College's (RVC's) missions is fostering the development of veterinary educators; we want to help them to create progressive, stimulating learning environments for students. With this in mind, we have launched a residential course for professionals working in veterinary education and workplace training.

One of the benefits of the course is that it leads to a stand-alone qualification, the Associate in Veterinary Education. However, the course can also be used as a stepping stone to a masters degree, acting as the first of five progressive qualifications that culminate in the Masters in Veterinary Education.

By offering the associate qualification as a residential course, we hope to attract a new and broader range of learners; course participants will have the opportunity to meet, share experiences and learn alongside their peers. The course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. On successful completion of the course, and subsequent assignments, participants will become Associates of the Higher Education Academy (AHEA). If they then choose to continue their studies, a number of progression pathways are available.

The RVC veterinary education team has three tutors with the National Teaching Fellow Award. The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. Only four veterinarians nationwide have been honoured with this award.

▪ The course will be held at the RVC's Hertfordshire campus from May 18 to 22, and further details are available at www.rvc.ac.uk/assoc-vet-ed.

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