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Could you become a VetGDP Adviser?

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Can you help support and develop the veterinary graduates you employ from summer 2021? If you are a vet who has been on the UK-practising register for a minimum of three years and have the capacity to offer structured ongoing support to veterinary graduates in your workplace, then this highly rewarding and fulfilling role could be right for you. We are offering free online training from April 2021 to vets who would like to become VetGDP Advisers.

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Updated timeframe for training

The ongoing pandemic restrictions, specifically changes made by the government to veterinary professionals’ key worker status on 13 January, means that there are now added pressures on practice teams. We recognise this and, as such, we have updated the timeframe for completion of the training for VetGDP Advisers.

While we know that some people will be able to complete the online training quite quickly if circumstances allow, we also know that some people have additional commitments that mean training may take longer to complete.

Instead of VetGDP Advisers needing to have completed the online training before the new graduate joins the workplace, we now require that the training has been started and is being actively engaged with, and will be completed as soon as circumstances allow.  

For 2021, we therefore expect that VetGDP Advisers will have completed their training by the end of December 2021. We also expect that graduates will be supported during their first months in practice, while vets are completing the online training. 

Free online training

The topics covered are:

  • Giving effective feedback
  • Coaching techniques
  • Supporting graduates through guided reflection
  • Realistic goal-setting
  • How to carry out a successful VetGDP progress review
  • Mentoring

The training is available in an e-learning package comprising around 20 hours of learning via a mix of learning methods including case studies, recorded lectures, selected reading and presentations from leading international experts. The time you spend on this training can count towards your CPD hourly targets for the year.

As the training is entirely online it is flexible, allowing you to fit it around your other commitments. You are free to work at a pace to suit you, providing you have successfully completed the training before you employ a veterinary graduate.

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Time commitment

After you have successfully completed the training we will ask you to sign a declaration agreeing to provide the graduate(s) employed in your workplace with regular support, and engage with quality assurance activities regarding the programme.

The time commitment will equate to spending a minimum of one hour per week, per graduate, throughout the programme. You must spend sufficient time in the same practice site as the graduate(s) to have the opportunity to observe and meet with them.

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Having made your commitment to support the graduate(s) in your workplace by becoming an RCVS Approved Graduate Development Practice, you must ensure that you begin the online training by the time veterinary graduate(s) start work.

Individuals enrolled on the training are expected to actively engage with it, although in recognition of the impact of the ongoing pandemic on veterinary teams, we will not require the training to be completed until December 2021.

This will indicate to potential veterinary graduates that they can apply to work at your practice or workplace knowing they will be able to enrol on the VetGDP and receive support to help their professional development.

Potential veterinary graduates know that they need to enrol on VetGDP to receive support to help their professional development and so they will be looking for employers who are, or have committed to becoming, a designated RCVS Approved Graduate Development Practice (or RCVS Approved Graduate Development Employer if you are not a veterinary practice).

If you are planning to employ veterinary graduates from summer 2021 onwards, you will need to have a vet on your team who has either completed, or started and engaged with, the online VetGDP Adviser training by then.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • The online learning to become a VetGDP Adviser totals 20 hours and as the learning is done entirely online, it offers complete flexibility and means you can fit it around your other commitments.

    It also allows you to complete the training at a pace that suits you. You may also count the training towards your CPD target for the year.

    The expectation is that a minimum of one hour per graduate per week, or equivalent, is required to provide support to graduates once they are employed, and it may be that some of this time (with appropriate reflection) might also count as CPD.  

  • No. The practice and VetGDP Adviser will need to commit their time but there is no direct cost. The online learning for VetGDP Advisers will be provided by the RCVS free of charge. 

  • This is an opportunity to support the next generation of veterinary graduates as they establish themselves in their career and we anticipate that VetGDP Advisers will feel a great sense of achievement in doing so. As graduates receive targeted support depending on their capabilities they will grow in confidence, becoming a more productive member of the team, quickly. We also expect that they are likely to remain for longer in the workplace in which they complete VetGDP, helping retention rates.

    The VetGDP online training is a chance for vets to pursue a new form of CPD, and develop transferable skills that can benefit the VetGDP Adviser as well as the wider veterinary team such as reflection, developing a learning culture in practice, and encouraging a no-blame culture.

  • Yes in many circumstances you may. If you have taken time off the Register, for example of parental leave, but you have a total of three years on the UK-Practising Register you can sign up to become a VetGDP Adviser.

    Please contact us to discuss vetgdp@rcvs.org.uk

  • To become a VetGDP Adviser you need to be a veterinary surgeon and have been on the UK-Practising Register for a minimum of three years.

  • Yes you can, as long as you can spend at least an hour a week with the graduate and be available to provide support. 

  • Unfortunately not. VetGDP Advisers need to be on the UK practising register and be up to date with their CPD.