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RCVS to introduce new CPD rules next year

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By Josh Loeb

The RCVS is set to roll out a new model of continuing professional development (CPD) for all vet professionals.

The new model is being phased in from January 2020, when it will be optional, but it will become obligatory from 2022.

The college said the new CPD model will require vets and vet nurses to undertake more reflective learning as well as measure their impact on practice and patient outcomes.

Current requirements ask that vets undertake a minimum of 105 hours and registered vet nurses (RVNs) 45 hours over a rolling three-year period. This requirement is being retained under the new arrangements.

However, the new system will move away from the ‘inputs-based model’ and, instead, demand a more ‘outcomes-based’ reflective approach.

Spearheaded by Stephen May, who chaired the college’s CPD policy working party and who is currently senior vice president of the RCVS, the new approach has been under discussion for a number of years.

‘There has been increasing recognition over a range of different professions …

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