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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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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for 3 months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

Image (c) BEVA. 

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk