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  1. Michael Kingsbury

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Michael Kingsbury is principal of Fitzalan House Veterinary Practice in Littlehampton; he recently won the Webinar Vet's ‘Vet of the year’ award.

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What is the Webinar Vet ‘Vet of the year’ award?

The Webinar Vet is a provider of veterinary CPD via the medium of online webinars. The award is a year's free ‘Diamond’ membership worth almost £2000, and a magnum of champagne.

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What did you do to win?

I won by clocking up the most CPD hours during the first quarter of 2015 – namely 34 – which nearly meets the RCVS annual CPD requirement.

What is a webinar?

A webinar is a seminar that is conducted over the Internet.

When did you view your first webinar?

In 2010.

What do you like about them?

The content and quality are top notch, plus they have the advantage of saving valuable personal time by eliminating the need to travel to meetings by bringing training into our own homes.

Is there anything you don't like?

No. As a general practitioner my main requirement is to keep updated on a variety of subject matters so actual hands-on practical training is rarely needed.

Do you have a favourite place for viewing?

For viewing no, but I like being able to listen to the audio downloads in the gym or out on my bike, slotted in between music and downloads of BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs!

Do you prefer real-time or downloaded presentations?

I prefer downloads. I am out most evenings at the popular webinar times, so being able to listen to downloaded presentations in my own time is a great help. You lose the ability to interact or ask questions but, luckily, there are lots of folk who do just that and the recordings include the presenters' responses.

How do they fit into your CPD portfolio?

Webinars make up almost all of my CPD portfolio. I am a general practitioner, so the varied content suits me perfectly.

Are you a CPD evangelist?

Yes. Quality audiovisual presentations with lively, entertaining speakers who are experts in their fields make for excellent listening.

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