The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Charitable Trust has announced a charitable investment project funded by the HEA and JISC for graduates starting out in practice.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Charitable Trust has announced a charitable investment project for graduates starting out in practice.

The RCVS Charitable Trust is investing in new graduates starting out in practiceThe project – which is jointly funded by the Higher Education Academy and JISC (the Joint Information Systems Committee) – sees £25,000 invested in the needs of these new graduates.
Called ‘Open Educational Resources to Help New Practitioners Cope,’ the project will identify the key needs of today’s new veterinary graduates as well as reviewing what other open education resources are available already to meet these needs.

The project will also encourage the sharing of these resources, and other ways of making these more accessible to new veterinary surgeons.
“New graduates moving from university to veterinary practices can face significant challenges, whether these come from long hours, demanding clients or finding that limited supervision may be offered by their employers,” says Nick Short, RCVS Trust trustee and head of eMedia unit at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

“Veterinary practice by its nature can be emotionally fraught as well as intensely rewarding, as it involves, for example, helping clients make decisions about the treatment or euthanasia of pets, or advising farmers about valuable livestock. This means it’s important that appropriate support is available to new practitioners.”
The Trust will work in partnership with the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh and the RVC as well as other organisations, such as the SPVS (Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons) and the Veterinary Benevolent Fund in order to deliver the project.

It is expected that the project will aim to complement the RCVS’ Professional Development Phase for new graduates, and in particular the set of Year One Competences – a set of targets on general professional skills and attributes, knowledge and understanding and practical competences – that new graduates are expected to achieve within approximately their first year in practice.
A project co-ordinator is being recruited to work until September on the project, after which the findings will be disseminated through a report and associated workshop.

Further details about the project and the project co-ordinator role can be found on the RCVS website.


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