Newly qualified vets, VNs and their employers can now access more than 35 online CPD resources for free from the BSAVA.

Vet at computer.
The new resources run from 15 to 90 minutes, making them flexible for any user. IMAGE: cameravit/Fotolia.

The Professional Development Phase (PDP) Resource Bank – launched in May to match the PDP requirements of the RCVS – helps graduates to develop professional, business and technical skills.

Support is also available to employers trying to advance new team members.

Common concerns

A BSAVA survey of graduating members found the most common CPD concerns were client consults and client communication, as well as maintaining a work-life balance that fits the individual as they start in practice.

The new resources – available at www.bsava.com/pdp, cover general professional skills and include:

  • articles
  • podcasts
  • webinars
  • videos
  • web links

Timings, meanwhile, run from 15 to 90 minutes.

Expansion plans

The PDP Resource Bank will expand further next spring, introducing practical and clinical skills with an emphasis on emergency and critical care.

BSAVA academic director Frances Barr said: “The PDP Resource Bank will help the whole practice – from supporting and appraising new graduates, to coaching and mentoring staff teams – all aimed at developing an ethos of reflective learning and CPD, alongside veterinary expertise.

“We have spent a lot of time talking to new graduates and their employers, and we have worked closely with the RCVS postgraduate deans to produce the most relevant and useful resources possible.”

The BSAVA has set up an editorial board made up of employers and new graduates to guide and develop future resource expansion.

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