Introduction to the UK veterinary professions – a key CPD course for overseas vets and VNs

The ‘Introduction to the UK veterinary profession – a key CPD course for overseas vets and VNs’ is run by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS).

The course is aimed at overseas veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses during their first two years working in the UK, as well as those considering working here. The course is split into two days.

Day One: ‘Working in UK veterinary practice: key information for vets and vet nurses'
  • The day covers how the UK veterinary professions are organised with information about jobs, employment rights and the support available if things go wrong.

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  • Talks are given by representatives from the RCVS, VDS Training, BVA, British Veterinary Nursing Association and the Vetlife charity.
  • The course also aims to help delegates understand their legal duties as a veterinary professional in the UK, which can vary significantly from their own country, along with expected standards of professional conduct.
  • The day is free to attend and lunch is provided.
Day Two: ‘A master class in communication skills’
  • The course is provided by VDS Training, which presents delegates with scenarios they may face in the consulting room and advice on how to handle them in a role-play format using professional actors.
  • The day costs £180 (including VAT) per delegate and lunch is provided.

The two days combined provide overseas vets and vet nurses with the necessary information and support needed to practise in the UK. The overall aim is to reduce the risk of complaints being made about veterinary professionals as well as improving their experience of working in the UK and advancing their communication skills.

The course is held twice a year. 


Details of next course:

29-30 October 2019, Manchester 
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Manchester City Centre. 

Please book here to register your place on Day One - ‘Working in UK veterinary practice: key information for vets and vet nurses' course.

Day 1 Programme: 

09.15 - Coffee and Registration 
09.30 - Welcome: who are you? Who are we? Ian Holloway, RCVS Director of Communications
09.45 - What it means to be a veterinary professional in the UK, RCVS Professional Conducts Team
10.30 - The support we can offer you when problems occur - tips on avoiding pitfalls in practice, Geoff Little MRCVS, VDS
11.30 - Break
11.45 - What the BVA can offer you: support and key services, Ally Anderson, BVA West Midlands Representative
12.10 - The art of delegation, Matt Rendle RVN, RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council
12.40 - Lunch
13.25 - Tips from an overseas vet who has survived, Maja Misewicz MRCVS, Locum veterinary surgeon
14.10 - Developing your skills and knowledge, RCVS Education Team
14.40 - Mind Matters, Vet and VN Futures, ViVet, Leadership, Lizzie Lockett, CEO RCVS, Anthony Roberts, Director of Leadership and Innovation RCVS
15.10 - Break
15.25 - Securing your dream job in the UK, Richard Holborow MRCVS, veterinary surgeon in practice
16.10 - Further support available to you as a UK veterinary professional, Geoff Little MRCVS, Vetlife
16.20 - Questions
16.40 - Close

Day Two

To register your place on Day Two - ‘A master class in communication skills’ please contact VDS Training directly on or 01565 743862.

If you have any questions about the course please contact the RCVS Events team on or 020 7202 0773.


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