The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is to introduce a “blended learning approach” for its 2014 CPD programme.

According to the association, the new approach will introduce:

  • course-related reading material,
  • pre-course questionnaires, and
  • the opportunity to engage with speakers after the event.

Courses range from basic to advanced levels and include theoretical and practical days, said the BVA.
Also, following a member survey conducted in 2013, the programme will expand geographically and in subject range. Available at various locations, the BVA is offering equine, farm animal and exotic courses alongside an expanded small animal and non-clinical programme.
Clinical CPD highlights include:

  • An equine lameness workout workshop (February 6, York)
  • Coping with common surgical emergencies in small animal practice (February 13, London
  • Bums and tums for bunnies – a practical approach to common rabbit emergencies (March 20, Manchester
  • Camelid essentials for the first opinion practitioner (June 12, Reading
  • Backyard bird essentials (September 18, Bristol)

Non-clinical course highlights include:

  •  Planning for the last ten years in practice (March 27, London
  • Personal leadership and people management (July 10 and September 2, London
  • Customer service – reception skills and communication (October 8, London
  • Clinical governance and evidence-based veterinary medicine (November 4, London)

Courses start from £120 including VAT, with early bird offers available for events booked more than six weeks in advance, as well as savings for BVA members and non-vet staff in a BVA member’s practice. As a special offer, the BVA is offering all February courses at the early bird rate until the day of the course.
The association’s 2014 CPD programme has been organised by the BVA CPD group, which comprises of veterinary surgeons across all disciplines.
Chair of the group Harvey Locke said:
“In our CPD member research project last year, vets told us what kind of CPD they wanted, where they wanted it and at what level, all of which we have incorporated into our high quality, low-cost CPD programme. Coupled with the additional benefits of blended learning, these courses give vets and their staff fantastic value for money.
“In addition, our popular clinical refreshers we run in conjunction with the Royal Veterinary College are back and are ideal for those returning from a career break.  We’ve also added a practical element to many of our courses this year, which we hope vets will appreciate. All in all, a comprehensive high value CPD programme.”
For the full 2014 BVA CPD programme, visit the BVA website.

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