A new state-of-the-art skills facility and a programme of world class CPD was launched on World Veterinary Day (April 30).

FLA Skills Lab
FLA boasts a dedicated skills laboratory.

An independent company, The Fitzpatrick Learning Academy (FLA) claims to be a “game changer” in the CPD sector.

The company will offer unique, bespoke courses such as the Surgical Reboot as well as weekend retreats for busy first opinion veterinary practitioners unable to get away for refresher CPD during the weekdays, FLA says.

Latest equipment

Situated at the Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue hospital on the Surrey Research Park in Guildford, FLA boasts a dedicated skills laboratory comprising the latest equipment and materials from partners Eickemeyer, Storz and Ethicon.

The company claims it is “determined to challenge the accepted norms in veterinary education” by constantly searching for effective new teaching techniques and methods, which will be delivered by independent experts from around the world, in addition to specialists on site.

Managing director Stuart Carmichael said: “The FLA is the realisation of a dream to capture and distil years of varied practical experience and create an exciting new academic outlet to provide essential learning opportunities to interested professionals.

“The FLA is a source for new and innovative techniques, and while not neglecting essential core skills, the academy will make these available as an invaluable resource to encourage good practice and clinical advancement in surgery to the ultimate benefit of our patients.”

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