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Changes to PDP must be pitched carefully
  1. Josh Loeb

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‘It’s terrifying to me, the idea that, after extended examinations, tests and continuous formative and summative appraisals at vet school, I would be tested yet again on the job in my first year.’

That is how one final-year vet student reacted when told about a proposal to bolster the Professional Development Phase (PDP) – a transition period that bridges university and life in veterinary practice.

The idea is contained in an RCVS consultation document on reforming graduate outcomes.

Other ideas include changes to Day 1 competences, replacing extramural studies (EMS) with an ‘externship’ programme and, while not recommending limited licensure, enabling students to focus more on a specific …

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