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New CPD Record Card issued to practising members

8 February 2006

The 2006 edition of the CPD Record Card has been published and issued to practising members this week.

The RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct states that veterinary surgeons have a responsibility to ensure that they maintain and continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills.

RCVS Council is determined that veterinary surgeons should realise the importance of this requirement and, at a recent meeting, decided that CPD should be promoted as mandatory for all veterinary surgeons.

The recommended minimum CPD is 105 hours over three years with an average of 35 hours per year, although it is appreciated that most veterinary surgeons will do considerably more than this.

The record card has suggestions on the sorts of activities that count as CPD, advice on how to plan it and tips on completing the card. This year there is additional space to keep a running total of CPD hours over the last three years.

Completed record cards need to be submitted with applications for RCVS Certificates and Diplomas and for Recognised Specialist status, and will be viewed during inspections for approval under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme.  In order to monitor CPD participation veterinary surgeons could also be invited to submit their record card at any time.

Download a copy of the CPD Record Card.

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