The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is running a new five-day Associate in Veterinary Education residential course, designed to foster the development of educators in veterinary science.

The course, delivered by the RVC’s award-winning Lifelong and Independent Veterinary Education team, will run from May 18 to 22 at the RVC’s Hawkshead campus in Hertfordshire.

The course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and, on successful completion of it and four subsequent assignments, participants become Associates of the HEA.

Themes covered on the course include student learning, teaching methods, developing learning skills, developing skills, and assessment and feedback.

The associate qualification is the first of five progressive qualifications that culminate in the MSc in Veterinary Education (associate, fellow, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, MSc).

On completion of the associate qualification, several progression pathways are available to candidates.

According to the RVC, the residential course offers participants the opportunity to gain this first qualification in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.

Participants will have the chance to meet, share experiences and learn alongside their peers in a rural location, without distraction.

Ayona Silva-Fletcher, course director of the Associate in Veterinary Education residential course, said: “Following five successful years of running the prestigious MSc in Veterinary Education course, it became clear there is a demand to facilitate the development of staff who undertake a relatively small range of teaching and learning support activity. “This led us to develop the Associate Course in Veterinary Education.

“This programme is designed to foster development as an educator and, among others, is ideal for early career researchers, with some teaching responsibilities, staff who support academic provision such as learning technologists or laboratory technicians, right through to PhD students and staff new to teaching.”
The closing date for applications is April 17. The course costs £1,100 with lunch and refreshments included, or £1,520 for the course plus accommodation for five nights and all meals included.

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