The RCVS will be holding a free day of continuing professional development (CPD) for overseas veterinary graduates in conjunction with the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS).

Global appeal: Vets come to UK from around the world.

Taking place on September 30, 2015 at the college’s offices at Belgravia House, London. On October 1, 2015 this will be followed by a masterclass in communications skills, provided by the VDS in a popular role play format with professional actors, which will cost £160.
Combined, the two days will provide overseas vets with the necessary information and support needed to practise as a veterinary surgeon in the UK. Delegates can, however, choose to attend the two days separately.

In the year to March 31, 2015 the college registered 939 overseas graduates compared with 813 UK graduates. The top five countries from which veterinary surgeons graduated were Spain (199), Australia (94), Italy (93), Romania (74) and the Republic of Ireland (73).
The “Introduction to the UK veterinary profession – an essential CPD course for overseas vets” is aimed at vets during their first two years in the UK, as well as those considering working in the UK.

The first day – “Key information and skills needed to practise as a vet in the UK” – maps out how the UK veterinary profession is organised and includes information about jobs, employment rights and the support available if things go wrong.

Talks will be given by representatives from each of the three organising bodies, together with the Veterinary Benevolent Fund. In addition, Luis Sainz-Pardo from VetAbroad will provide “Tips from an overseas vet who has survived”.

The second day, “A masterclass in communication skills”, goes through challenges in the consulting room and how to handle them.

Those who wish to attend both or either of the days can sign up by visiting the RCVS website.

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