RCVS seeks members of the profession for Stat Exam roles

20 December 2018

We are currently looking for a lead examiner and a further 15 examiners for our Statutory Examination for Membership, which has recently undergone a change in format.

The Stat Exam, as it is better known, must be undertaken and passed by all individuals who have graduated outside of the UK whose veterinary qualification is not recognised by us, in order for them to join the Register and practise as a veterinary surgeon in the UK.

The exam was recently reviewed by the RCVS Statutory Examination Board, in consultation with veterinary and medical educationalists.

As a result of this review, the written examination now consists of two parts: a clinical multiple choice question paper and an open book examination on our Code of Professional Conduct; while the practical examination will take the format of a multi-dimensional Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

To accompany the new method of examination, we are now seeking a new body of examiners to observe and assess the performance of Stat Exam candidates.

The Lead Examiner role would be responsible for reviewing and approving the written and OSCE exams, ensuring that they remain valid and represent the standards required of vets practising in the UK, as well as supporting the ongoing development of Stat Exam content in conjunction with members of the Statutory Examination Board.

In addition, up to 15 examiners are being sought who would represent the following areas of veterinary practice: companion animals; equids; production animals; and veterinary public health. Although their primary role would be assessing candidates, there may be some scope for examiners to contribute more widely to the standards of the Stat Exam through the Statutory Examination Board.

Dr Linda Prescott-Clements, our Director of Education, said: “For these roles we are seeking experienced veterinary surgeons with knowledge of the professional standards expected by the RCVS upon graduation and a familiarity with assessing the performance of exam candidates against pre-determined criteria.

"In the case of the Lead Examiner, we would be looking for additional experience in designing examinations as well as knowledge of how the exams themselves can be assessed and quality assured.”

The deadline for applications to the Lead Examiner and the other 15 examiner roles is 5pm on Monday 7 January 2019.

Full details about the roles, including information about time commitment and remuneration, as well as the person specification and requirements, are available to view on the 'Work for us' section of this website.

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