Certificates have been presented to two members of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps after they were the first in the corps to achieve the RCVS certificate in advanced veterinary practice (CertAVP).

Certificates have been presented to two members of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) after they were the first in the corps to achieve the RCVS certificate in advanced veterinary practice (CertAVP).

(L-R): Captain Nicola Housby-Skeggs, vice president of the RCVS Peter Jinman and captain Claire BudgeThe two captains – Nicola Housby-Skeggs and Claire Budge – were presented with their certificates at Belgravia House last week (June 15, 2012) during a special ‘meet the RCVS‘ day.
 
The day gave a group of RAVC officers the opportunity to find out more about the role and function of the college as well as to meet members of the officer and management teams.
 
Capt Housby-Skeggs – who has completed a mixture of small animal and equine modules in order to achieve her certificate – was pleased with her award, and even more so about the certificate’s modular approach: “It’s reassuring to know you can have a break if you need to,” she said.

“The compulsory module on professional key skills was also more useful than I had anticipated, as it focused on aspects that you don’t really have time for at vet school, such as management, and health and safety.”
 
Meanwhile, captain Budge appreciated the fact that many of her modules could be completed via distance learning. “It was great that I could continue with my studies even when serving in Afghanistan,” she said.

“My only regret is that when I started the certificate back in 2008, there wasn’t the range of modules available that there is now. For example, I would like to have done one of the new animal welfare, ethics and law modules. However, there is no reason why I can’t just take this as continuing professional development – that’s the benefit of the modular approach.”
 
For more information on the CertAVP, visit the RCVS website.
 
‘Meet the RCVS Days’ give members of the veterinary team the opportunity to visit the college and find out what goes on behind the scenes. Email Fiona Harcourt at f.harcourt@rcvs.org.uk if you would like to join a future event.

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