The BSAVA is to run a second intake of 30 students for each of its postgraduate certificates in medicine and surgery, which have sold out in record time for the second year running.
BSAVA has decided to run a second intake of 30 students for each of its postgraduate certificates in Medicine and Surgery, which have sold out in record time for the second year running.
In their first year the BSAVA certificates famously sold out in 20 minutes. However, in October this year, both courses were over-subscribed in less than five minutes.
While a testament to the success and demand for BSAVA CPD, the association claimed it was determined to avoid disappointing so many aspiring students. So, after emergency talks over the weekend, it has decided to run a second intake of 30 students for each of the two programmes from January.
BSAVA academic director Frances Barr said: “While we had only envisioned taking 30 new students onto each course this year, it quickly became clear that there is such a great appetite for this kind of accredited CPD in the profession right now. What a shame it would have been not to find a way to allow those ambitions to be fulfilled. So we are effectively going to run each programme twice in one year.”
The postgraduate certificates are aimed primarily at vets with a particular interest in small animal medicine or surgery, and aim to provide participants with the knowledge and expertise they need to deal with the medical or surgical situations they encounter regularly, while enhancing their understanding of more complex techniques and new advances.
According to Dr Barr, quality control and student support is being met thanks to an overwhelming response from our teaching faculty and mentors.
The second programme will take place at two sites: BSAVA HQ in Gloucester, and the College of Animal Welfare in Huntingdon. Anyone who has not been able to take a place in the 2013 cohort will be offered priority registration for the 2014 intake.