The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has launched a consultation on a new set of year one competences for graduates.

The profession is being consulted on the new competences. Photo credit: Free Images – Piotr Lewandowski.

The proposed competences cover a range of areas including:

  • professional skills
  • practical and clinical competence
  • knowledge of veterinary medicine
  • legislation
  • research methods

Veterinary surgeons are expected to be competent in these areas on finishing the professional development phase (PDP), a period of learning that should be completed within a graduate’s first three years in practice.

A working party, chaired by RCVS council member Tom Witte, developed the new competences with the aim of bringing them closer into line with the day one competences, which were reviewed and amended in 2014.

RCVS head of education Christine Warman said: “We are keen members of the profession, from all stages of their career and all types of practice, participate in this consultation and provide feedback and suggestions. “If there are any key competences you think are missing from our list we would also like to hear from you.

“Furthermore, as most graduates complete the PDP within 18 months of entering clinical practice, we are asking whether we should change the name from year one competences to something that better reflects the situation on the ground – for example, ‘competences expected on completion of PDP’ or similar.”

The consultation closes at 5pm on October 27 and is available at

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