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New summer camp for recently-qualified vets
"Together we are committed to help new graduates make a smooth transition to practice." - Professor Chris Proudman.
Surrey University and CVS have teamed up to run and host the residential camp. 

A new summer camp for recently-graduated veterinary surgeons is being hosted by the University of Surrey.

Run by CVS, which is an integrated veterinary service provider, the camp aims to bridge the gap between education and clinical practice, encouraging young veterinary surgeons to grow in confidence by developing their practical skills.

Focusing on important practical skills and furthering understanding of both consulting and surgery, the camp is a part of the graduate programme that CVS runs.

Head of Surrey's Veterinary Medicine school, Professor Chris Proudman, commented on the new camp: “We are delighted to offer new graduates from across the country the opportunity to join us at Surrey to learn from leaders in their field.

“This is a great example of the successful collaboration between our vet school and CVS. Together we are committed to assisting new graduates make a smooth transition from university to practice and setting them up for successful clinical careers.”

Running for three weeks in August, the camp will involve a two-week residential training programme, where graduates will have one week of residential training, and one week in practice, where graduates will have the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding in the operating theatre.

This is then followed by one week of applied online learning delivered through CVS's Knowledge Hub.

The camp aims to enable graduates to practice key skills, allow graduates the opportunity to create peer-support networks, and be given the opportunity to learn more about the operation of practices.

Professor John Innes, chief veterinary officer at CVS Group, commented: “This year we are welcoming more new graduates than ever before to CVS; it is fantastic to partner with the team at Surrey to provide this valuable opportunity for our new colleagues.

“Attendees will further their practical veterinary experience whilst developing vocational and inter-personal skills too. I am confident that our new graduates will benefit greatly, both personally and professionally, from our summer camp as they transition into practice life.”

Alongside the practical knowledge and development the camp offers, graduates are also promised socialising opportunities and fun activities, alongside a formal dinner.

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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