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Professional Development Phase (PDP)

The aim of the PDP is to help newly qualified veterinary graduates make the transition from life as a veterinary student to working in clinical practice as a professional veterinary surgeon.

Access the PDR

Newly graduated vet surgeon and VN colleague

It provides a structure whereby new graduates, with the support of their employer and new colleagues, can continue to develop their professional and clinical skills, reflect on their progress and plan their future professional development.

The last enrolment for the PDP was in June 2021. Those currently enrolled will have until June 2024 to complete the programme. New graduates from July 2021 should enrol for the VetGDP.

Further information: 

The following FAQs should help to explain the PDP. You can also watch our short film about the PDP.

The six Postgraduate Deans have answered your questions on completing the Professional Development Phase in a two-part webinar series: 

  • Part one covers details around logging into the Professional Development Record, what should be recorded and having signed off. 
  • Part two includes information on completing the PDP in various scenarios, such as with limited access to equipment. There is also clarification on fulfilling the CPD requirement whilst completing the PDR.