The RCVS has launched an online learning hub to support the development of fundamental leadership skills within the veterinary professions.
The free-to-access Leadership Library aims to promote the importance of self-reflection during the learning process and encourage individuals to develop their leadership skills.
Open to professionals at any stage of their career, the hub contains veterinary sector-specific resources and curated non-veterinary content from an array of reliable sources.
Via interviews, videos, presentations, articles, blogs, and webinars, students can explore key leadership topics, including inclusive leadership, delegation skills and difficult conversations.
The RCVS Leadership Team plans to add more content to the library, and the profession will be encouraged to suggest topics they would like to study.
RCVS leadership and inclusion manager Gurpreet Gill commented: "In terms of veterinary CPD, importance often tends to be placed more on clinical and technical capabilities, but leadership skills are a critical aspect of every veterinary practice and organisation. It is vital that we encourage an understanding of leadership skills and behaviours to build this capacity within the professions."
She added: “It is also assumed that leadership is a condition of status or position, but this is not necessarily the case. Leadership is an everyday practice that is applicable to everyone, regardless of their role. The Leadership Library provides learning opportunities for anyone looking to develop and reflect on their leadership skills, which will also count towards the annual CPD requirement for both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.”
The Leadership Library is available to access now at rcvs.org.uk