The RCVS has contacted 1,415 veterinary surgeons asking them to share their CPD records as part of its annual audit of compliance.
Under the Code of Professional Conduct, vets are expected to demonstrate they are keeping their skills and knowledge up to date by engaging in at least 105 hours of CPD over a rolling three-year period.
Share and share alike
As part of the auditing process, the vets will be asked to share their CPD records for 2013 to 2015 by either allowing the college to access their online professional development record or by sending the RCVS a copy of their CPD record cards.
The audit will focus on:
- 585 vets who have not confirmed their CPD compliance when renewing their registration for two consecutive years
- a random sample of 400 vets who said they were compliant when renewing their registration in 2016
- 124 vets found to be non-compliant in the 2015 audit
- 98 vets who did not respond when asked to share records in the 2015 audit
- 84 graduate vets who have not responded to any communication about the professional development phase
- 124 vets who said they were not compliant as part of the 2016 annual renewal process
If any vets who have been audited are found to be non-compliant they will be asked to explain why and send a plan stating how they will make up the hours.
All audited 1,415 vets were contacted by email or letter on 1 September. The deadline for sharing records is 14 October.
As part of the auditing process, the college is reminding vets that CPD encompasses a wide range of recorded activities, which can be clinical or non-clinical.