The RCVS wants to recruit two veterinary surgeons as part-time postgraduate deans to help oversee new veterinary graduates during their Professional Development Phase (PDP).

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is looking to recruit two veterinary surgeons as part-time postgraduate deans to help oversee new veterinary graduates during their Professional Development Phase (PDP).

Outgoing postgraduate dean Stephen Ware.RCVS head of education Freda Andrews said: “The PDP is an online recording system to guide new graduates as they work towards achieving the ‘year one competences’ – the competences expected of a new graduate who’s had about a year’s experience in practice.

She explained: “Postgraduate deans monitor PDP participants’ progress and respond to their queries, and ultimately sign-off the graduates once their PDP is complete.”

The roles have become available as two of the current post-holders, Stephen Ware and David Noakes, wish to hand over to new colleagues. Both Mr Ware and Prof Noakes have served as postgraduate deans since 2007, when the PDP first became a requirement for all new veterinary graduates.

Mr Ware said: “Being a postgraduate dean gives you the opportunity to assist new graduates in the early stages of their career. It is also a way to encourage employers to take a responsible attitude towards new vets, particularly during their first job or two.”

Freda Andrews, RCVS head of education.Postgraduate deans are expected to spend up to 20 days a year working mainly online from home, and attend occasional meetings at the RCVS in London. They need experience of general practice, and to be used to dealing with and advising students, or employing and supporting new graduates. A sympathetic understanding of the challenges faced by newly qualified veterinary graduates is also required.

Further information about the role can be found at www.rcvs.org.uk/jobs, and information about the PDP, including a preview, at www.rcvs.org.uk/pdp.  

Applicants should send a brief CV, and a covering letter setting out their relevant experience, to education@rcvs.org.uk by March 7, 2011.

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