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RCVS seeks volunteers to test new CPD recording platform
The new CPD recording platform will be optimised for both mobile and web.

'One CPD’ will replace the current Professional Development Record

The RCVS is seeking volunteers to take part in the testing of its new CPD recording platform.

In a press release, the RCVS said the first stage of development of the new platform is due to finish in October. Therefore it is seeking a group of veterinary surgeons and nurses who can spend a few months in autumn trying out the new features.

Once testing is complete, the RCVS will use the feedback to improve the recording platform - currently named ‘One CPD’ - ready for its launch in 2020.

“We’re excited to open up access to this powerful, next-generation, tool we’ve been building and welcome our members into an important phase of the development process,” commented Richard Burley, RCVS chief technology officer. 


“Testing with our members will be absolutely critical in delivering the very best experience possible for all those that use ‘One CPD’ in the future. Ease of use and truly valuable functionality are key deliverables for us and both these need the feedback of our members to perfect.”


The new CPD recording platform was announced earlier this year after RCVS Council approved the roll-out of a new outcomes-based CPD model. Facilitating real-time CPD recording, it promises to be a ‘new, unified, experience’ integrating all current applications, optimised for mobile and web.

Once completed, this new capability will be mandatory for veterinary surgeons and nurses at all stages of their careers, including veterinary students and student veterinary nurses.

“The new ‘One CPD’ platform will ultimately replace the current Professional Development Record, and its use will become mandatory for recording CPD from January 2022,” explained Dr Linda Prescott-Clements, RCVS Director of education.

“In addition to setting up the testing group, we are also looking to meet with key CPD providers for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses over the coming months to discuss our plans for outcomes-based CPD and the development of the recording platform in greater detail.”

Veterinary professionals wishing to take part in the testing and CPD providers who want to discuss the College’s CPD plans should contact Jenny Soreskog-Turp, RCVS CPD officer, on cpd@rcvs.org.uk or 020 7202 0701.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.