The RCVS has appointed two postgraduate deans to help guide recently graduated vets through their first few years in practice.

Mary de Las Casas
Mary de Las Casas.

Mary de Las Casas and Shona McIntyre will help graduates during the professional development phase (PDP) – a period of structured learning and development to help the transition between student and practice life.

Satisfying role

Miss de Las Casas graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2003 and has worked as a mixed animal vet in the UK and New Zealand. She was in practice at Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership in Norfolk until recently, when she was appointed as a lecturer for the VN course at the Central College of Animal Studies in Ipswich, where she will also help develop a course aimed at graduate vets.

Speaking of her appointment as a postgraduate dean, she said: “I have always enjoyed and gained a lot of satisfaction helping new graduates who have started at our practice.

“It saddens me to hear of vets leaving the profession early in their career. As a dean, I hope I can use my experience to become part of a structured development phase to help and support new graduates in developing the skills and experience they need to enjoy a life in the veterinary profession.”

‘Giving back to the profession’

Shona McIntyre
Shona McIntyre.

Mrs McIntyre graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2006 and has primarily worked as a small animal practitioner since. She is clinical standards manager and a small animal clinician at a mixed practice in Fife, where she is involved in training veterinary nurses, performance management for clinical staff and assisting new graduates in their transition into practice.

Mrs McIntyre said: “Having reached a 10-year milestone in my career, I wanted to start giving back to the profession and help new graduates develop into the vets of the future. I want to help provide them with the best start they can have in their career and felt becoming a dean was a stepping stone to achieving this.”

Allocation

A postgraduate dean is allocated to each graduate when he or she registers to use the college’s PDP system. The dean is then responsible for monitoring progress and are the main point of contact for assistance.

Once the graduate has completed the PDP, which they will normally do within three years of entering clinical practice, the postgraduate dean is responsible for reviewing and signing off the final record.

  • More information on the PDP, including a video explaining its benefits and key concepts, is available on the RCVS website.
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