PgCs meet requirements of Advanced Practitioner Status

30 May 2015 – News

Veterinary CPD provider Improve International has announced that several of the Postgraduate Certificate programmes (PgC’s)  which it delivers in conjunction with Harper Adams University and the European School of Veterinary Studies (ESVPS) have been added to the list of qualifications conferring eligibility for applications for RCVS’ Advanced Practitioner status.  They are:

  • PgC Small Animal Medicine
  • PgC Small Animal Surgery
  • PgC Small Animal Ophthalmology
  • PgC Exotic Animal Studies
  • PgC Feline Veterinary Studies
  • PgC Small Animal Cardiology Studies
  • PgC Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging
  • PgC Small Animal Emergency Medicine & Surgery

These PgC’s are accredited at Masters level 7 and provide 60 credits, at least 40 of which are in the designated clinical area.   This places them at the same academic level as those offered by other CPD providers and termed as eligible entry qualifications to RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. Advanced Practitioners are those holding the new ‘middle tier’ of veterinary accreditation which sits between an initial veterinary degree and RCVS Specialist status. Accreditation is intended to indicate to the profession and the public that the veterinary practitioner is accredited at postgraduate certificate level.

Improve has welcomed the RCVS’ decision to include these PgC’s in the list of entry qualifications accepted with no further requirements required. For the PgC Small Animal Surgery and PgC Small Animal Medicine programmes, a further demonstration of professional key skills is required within a five-year period and Improve International can assist with this requirement.

Commenting, David Babington MRCVS, Managing Director, said: “Our clinical taught programmes are led by experts in their field while the European School of Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) has responsibility for the associated assessments.  Harper Adams University brings the Higher Education body quality assurance to our partnership, ensuring that our qualifications meet the strict criteria laid down by the QAA Framework. “Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussions and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions.  We are also increasingly offering courses using ‘blended learning’, a format which combines both face to face and online learning. “We are delighted that the RCVS has recognised that the content and rigour of the PgC programmes, make them deserving of the same status as other qualifications awarded by other providers. Our delegates can now have full confidence that achieving one of these postgraduate certificates will enable them to meet the requirements of Advanced Practitioner status.”

Further information is available from the RCVS website, Advanced Practitioner Guidance Notes.

Improve International was founded in 1998 by veterinary surgeons from across the UK, including a number of recognised experts.  Acquired by Benchmark Holdings Plc in February 2015 and based in Swindon, it provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, receptionists and practice managers to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.

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