Two new postgraduate deans have been appointed by the RCVS to advise and monitor new veterinary surgeons during their professional development phase (PDP), the first stage in veterinary continuing professional development.

Two new postgraduate deans have been appointed by the RCVS to advise and monitor newly qualified veterinary surgeons during their professional development phase (PDP), the first stage in veterinary continuing professional development.

Nicky PaullJill Hubbard, a partner at Cibyn Veterinary Surgery, Caernarfon, and organiser of BVA North Wales’ young graduate meetings, and Nicky Paull, a former BVA president with extensive experience of running veterinary practices and understanding the needs of veterinary graduates, were selected from more than 40 applicants. 

They join existing deans Agnes Winter and Julian Wells and replace David Noakes and Stephen Ware, who are retiring from the role having served since 2007, when PDP first became a requirement for veterinary graduates.

“I have always had a particular interest in how we support and guide our new graduates,” said Jill Hubbard. “This seemed a way of being actively involved – a useful niche to try to fill.”

Nicky Paull said: “The development of young veterinary graduates has been of special interest to me for some years. In employing young veterinary surgeons, meeting recent graduates through my political work and the time spent with undergraduates through extramural studies and the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons’ final year student seminars, I’m aware of the need for help and guidance for development of the young vets who are joining our profession.”

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