The RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for veterinary Surgeons makes it very clear that veterinary surgeons have a responsibility to ensure that they maintain and develop the knowledge and skills relevant to their professional practice and competence.
The recommended minimum CPD is 105 hours over a rolling three year period with an average of 35 hours per year.
- What is Continuing Professional Development and why is it necessary?
- Lifelong learning for veterinary surgeons
- CPD Champions blog - vets and veterinary nurses writing about a range of issues relating to CPD
What counts as CPD
Any activity undertaken to further your professional competence as part of a planned development programme can be counted towards your CPD.
"Private, documented, self-directed learning such as keeping up to date with relevant veterinary journals can be incorporated into your CPD plans and it is good practice to keep your own personal record of such activities, perhaps in the form of a learning diary ... continue reading for more advice from RCVS.
Free CPD resources
Here are some ideas of CPD resources that you might find useful. The following list offer free sign-ups:
- CEVA Cardio Academy E-learning sessions
- Royal Canin Vet Practice Portal - quarterly publication Veterinary Focus. Table of content can be viewed from IVIS
- VetGrad - vets graduated within the last 5 year can register to access a range of free online CPD and free CPD courses
- Veterinary Dental Leadership course - e-learning modules from Pfizer Animal Health
- The Webinar Vet - free webinars available
- Resources from LafeberVet: the resource for exotic animal veterinary professionals. Continuing education and webinar
Other open and free access resources
- Veterinary Evidence - open access online journal published by the RCVS Knowledge
- Guidelines articles from the AAFP and ISFM
- Links to open access and free access resources - a compilation of veterinary journals and articles
- vetFOAM - free open access meducation
RCVS Knowledge Library
Anyone is welcome to visit us and use our resources during opening hours.
The library has an extensive collection of electronic resources. Vets can download full-text articles and keep up to date with the latest clinical research from home.
A range of library membership packages is available and MRCVS vets can join the library for a heavily subsidised, annual fee.