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Frequently asked questions

1.  How can I enrol for a modular certificate?

2.  Why do I have to enrol with the RCVS as well as the university?

3.  How long is the enrolment period?

4.  How much will enrolment cost?

5.  Can I still enrol on the 'old' RCVS Certificates?

6.  I'm currently enrolled for an RCVS Certificate. Can I transfer to the new modular certificate system?

7.  What experience do I need?

8.  What modules are available?

9.  Why are some modules compulsory?

10. What qualification will I get?

11. How many credits do I need to get the CertAVP?

12. What is a 'designated certificate'?

13. Are there any combinations of C-modules that are not permitted?

14. What happens if I change my mind about which modules or certificate I want to do?

15. Do I need to go on a course to get a module?

16. What is the relationship between the CertAVP and the BSAVA/NTU certificate qualification?

17. How can I get information or advice about modular certificates?

18. How do I get my Certificate and confirm my post nominals?

 

1.  How can I enrol for a modular certificate?

You will need to enrol with the RCVS and also with the module provider. To enrol with the RCVS please download the enrolment form from the 'Related documents' box, top right.  

Candidates will have the option to enrol for individual or multiple modules, or for the full certificate.

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2.  Why do I have to enrol with the RCVS as well as the university?

Enrolling with the RCVS means that we will keep a record of your credits, wherever you achieve them. It also enables us to keep in touch with you and let you know about any new developments, modules or courses. Please note that you cannot earn credits towards an RCVS qualification unless you are enrolled with us.

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3.  How long is the enrolment period?

The maximum enrolment period is up to 10 years, subject to payment of an annual renewal fee.

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4.  How much will enrolment cost?

To enrol with the RCVS, you will pay an initial fee, which is renewable each year (if paid by Direct Debit). Please check our Fees page for the most up to date fees. Enrolment fees at universities will vary - please contact the university offering your module(s) for advice.

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5.  Can I still enrol on the 'old' RCVS Certificates?

The final enrolment date for the for the 'old' RCVS Certificates was 1 November 2007 and you can no longer enrol. 

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6.  I'm currently enrolled for an RCVS Certificate. Can I transfer to the new modular certificate system?

It is now too late to transfer from the 'old' certificate scheme, but you may enrol on the modular certificate system as a new candidate.

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7.  What experience do I need?

You must hold a veterinary qualification which would entitle you to register as a member of the RCVS, and you must have at least one year's experience working as a practising veterinary surgeon before enrolling for any module and be able to provide evidence of CPD for that period. If you graduated in 2007 or later, you will be expected to have completed the RCVS Professional Development Phase (PDP) before enrolling for any modules. (PDP counts as CPD for graduates in their first year of practice).

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8.  What modules are available?

View the list of modules.

Further modules may become available over time. 

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9.  Why are some modules compulsory?

The A-Foundations of Advanced Veterinary Practice.1 module is compulsory for all CertAVP candidates. These cover skills that the RCVS considers important for all competent veterinarians to be able to demonstrate, whatever their area of practice. The inclusion of modules covering essential key professional and clinical skills is designed to ensure that topics which are of importance to all areas of practice - including welfare and ethics, biosecurity, and evidence-based approaches to medicine - are covered by everyone achieving the qualification.

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10. What qualification will I get?

The qualification is the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP).

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11. How many credits do I need to get the CertAVP?

You need to obtain 60 credits to obtain a CertAVP qualification. This will be made up of the A-Foundations of Advanced Veterinary Practice module (10 credits), at least one B-module (10 credits) and either four C-modules or a combination of B and C modules to a total of 40 credits.

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12. What is a 'designated certificate'?

A designated certificate is a specific modular route leading to a named qualification - for example CertAVP (Equine Stud Medicine) or CertAVP (Small Animal Practice). To obtain a designated certificate, you will need to choose your modules carefully from a limited list. Most designated certificates will also require a separate final assessment (synoptic assessment) once all the modules have been passed.

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13. Are there any combinations of C-modules that are not permitted?

No, you can do any combination of C-modules, although certain combinations are required for designated certificates.

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14. What happens if I change my mind about which modules or certificate I want to do?

Just let us know. You can change your mind about which modules to do at any time, but you should let the RCVS know, so we can keep track of your achievements. Call the Education Department on 020 7202 0778 or email modcerts@rcvs.org.uk.

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15. Do I need to go on a course to get a module?

No, universities and other CPD providers will offer courses covering the module content, but all modules will be available via an assessment-only route for candidates who wish to study in their own time.

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16. What is the relationship between the CertAVP and the BSAVA/NTU certificate qualification?

Please refer to the document: BSAVA/RCVS position statement in the 'Related documents' box on the right.

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17. How can I get information or advice about modular certificates

You can contact the Education Department at the RCVS on 020 7202 0778 or email modcerts@rcvs.org.uk.

18. How do I get my Certificate and confirm my post nominals?

If you are taking a synoptic exam your provider will notify the RCVS when you have passed and you will automatically be sent a designated certificate and confirmation of your post nominals. If you do not wish to take a synoptic exam within the next 6 months and have passed 6 appropriate modules please complete and return the form in the related documents box by email and we will verify your records and issue you with a CertAVP certificate and confirm that you may use your CertAVP post nominal.

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