A two-day course aimed at helping vets and VNs who graduated abroad prepare for UK practice life has been confirmed for September.

Belgravia House
The course, which is held twice a year – usually in May and September – will take place at Belgravia House in London.

Organised by the RCVS, the BVA and the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS), the course – titled “Introduction to the UK veterinary profession – a key CPD course for overseas vets and VNs” – will take place at the Belgravia House, the RCVS’ London headquarters, on 8 and 9 September.

Key skills

The course provides overseas graduates, who are either working in the UK or thinking of working in the UK, with the key information and skills needed to practise here, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

Its overall aim is to reduce the risk of concerns being raised and provide training in communication skills.

The first day of the course is free and covers a number of topics, such as:

  • what it means to be a veterinary professional in the UK
  • tips from an overseas vet
  • the types of support available
  • developing skills and knowledge
  • how to secure a dream job


The second day is a “masterclass in communications skills” provided by the VDS, in a popular role-play format with professional actors, and costs £160.

Vets and VNs are welcome to attend either or both days.

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