A course designed to help veterinary professionals prepare to give evidence in court has been launched by Improve International.

Peter Jinman
Peter Jinman.

The two-day tuition, entitled “The Role of the Veterinary Team in Court – an introduction”, has been created as an increasing number of members of the profession are being required to act as witnesses in legal proceedings.

Course leaders

The course is led by vets Peter Jinman, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Paul Roger, European diplomate in animal welfare and behavioural medicine.

Areas to be covered include:

  • the preparation and delivery of evidence for a legal framework
  • meaningful data recording in practice
  • witness statements and report writing for the court system, including the professional obligations required

‘Intimidating experience’

Former RCVS president Mr Jinman said: “Any member of the practice can be called as a witness, perhaps as a consequence of a consultation relating to a possible welfare offence. It can be an intimidating experience, as the process is often unfamiliar.

“This course aims to demystify the legal and court process and to equip delegates with the knowledge as to what is required when faced with a case that may lead to a prosecution and an appearance in court. It will also help them to prepare professional statements and keep records in a manner that stand up to scrutiny in court.”

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