A new veterinary-specific masters degree that blends taught clinical programmes with research-oriented modules has been launched to enable vets in general practice to achieve a higher qualification without taking excessive time out of work.

The Master’s Degree in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences is a collaboration between Improve International, which delivers the taught clinical modules; the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS), which acts as the assessment partner; and Harper Adams University, which offers guidance on the research-based modules and provides validation and academic regulation under the QAA Framework. It aims to equip candidates with new skills, give them the latest veterinary knowledge and help enhance their ability to provide a first-rate clinical service to their clients.   
During the course, candidates will have the the opportunity to achieve a  recognised PgC (60 academic credits); a PgD (120 academic credits) and, finally, a full masters degree (180 academic credits).
Managing director of Improve International David Babington said: “The launch of this new masters is a big step forward for the concept of lifelong learning in our profession. Candidates can spend 5 or even 10 years working towards this higher qualification with achievable ‘stepping stones’ along the way.”  
Senior lecturer in veterinary nursing at Harper Adams Erica Martin said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Improve International and ESVPS on this innovative new qualification. 
“We welcome the opportunity to help the profession increase ‘evidence-based’ veterinary practice through clinical development and the advancement of research skills in a way that is both accessible to vets in practice and that leads to a qualification that recognises the commitment and work involved.”
For further information or to register, email enquiries@improve-international.com; visit www.improvecpd.com or telephone 01793 759159.

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