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

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

Date: Tuesday 29th to Wednesday 30th October 2019

Opening times: 9.00 - 16.30

Venue: Brownsfield Suite, Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre, Shudehill, Manchester, England M4 4AF


This CPD course is organised for overseas veterinary surgeons and nurses and is an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.  

Jointly organised by the RCVS and the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS), this two-day course provides overseas graduates with the key information and skills needed to practise in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

Who can attend?

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first 2 years of working in the UK, as well as those who are considering working here.

Day One - 'Working in UK veterinary practice: key information for vets and vet nurses'

The day is free to attend and lunch is provided.

Register for Day One

  • The day covers how the UK veterinary professions are organised, with information about jobs, employment rights and the support available if things go wrong.
  • 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.
Day Two - 'A master class in communication skills' 

You can register for Day Two on the VDS Training site via the button below or contact VDS Training directly on or 01565 743862. Day Two costs £180 inclusive of VAT per person - please note, payment must be made at the time of registering.

Register for Day Two

  • In small groups, delegates go through the challenges they may face in the consulting room and how to handle them in a role-play format.
  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided, please list any dietary requirements when you register.


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