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RCVS Council approves career pathways project
“These are the early pages of a very exciting new chapter for veterinary clinical careers” – Dr Kate Richards.
Plans aim to improve career options for vets.

RCVS Council has approved a set of proposals that aim to expand and diversify the career options available in the veterinary profession.

Three workstreams were agreed at the council’s meeting on Thursday, 9 November.

Firstly, the council approved the development of a new training programme over the next two years that will lead to the creation of a new Specialist in Primary Care status. In line with the specialist training in other clinical areas, the training for this new status will take five years to complete.

Secondly, the RCVS will develop guidance for both the profession and the public on the different clinical career statuses of veterinary surgeons, outlining the different focuses and responsibilities of each role.

Thirdly, the RCVS will identify the different ways veterinary surgeons can access the training needed to obtain RCVS Specialist status. As part of this, the RCVS will look at how to widen access to include training models which are more accessible from primary care practice and for people at different stages of their career and life.

A similar process to develop the career pathways for veterinary nurses is now being considered.

Dr Kate Richards MRCVS, chair of the RCVS Education Committee, said: “These exciting and progressive proposals are visionary as far as the career and development structure of the veterinary clinical profession is concerned.
“It means there will be new prospects for those in general practice and those who want to achieve Specialist status by different means, as well as a more defined career structure for the profession that will be clearer to the profession and general public alike. With around 75-80% of veterinary professionals working in clinical practice this project will deliver a substantial positive impact.
“These are the early pages of a very exciting new chapter for veterinary clinical careers, and we will be asking for your help to write it, as we will be holding a number of consultations in the coming years, including on the programme for Specialist in Primary Care and the definition of clinical roles.”

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VMG president joins House of Lords

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 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

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Sixth case of bluetongue confirmed

A sixth case of bluetongue virus serotype 3 has been confirmed in the UK.

The case was detected in an animal on a premises linked to one of the farms within the Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) currently in place near Canterbury, Kent.

In response, the Animal and Plant Health Agency has extended the TCZ. Investigations into the spread of the disease are ongoing.

The cases in Kent come at a time when a new strain of the virus has spread rapidly across farms in the Netherlands. Both the Government and the British Veterinary Association have urged livestock keepers to remain vigilant.

Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and suspected cases must be reported immediately on 03000 200 301 in England or 03003 038 268 in Wales. In Scotland, possible cases should be reported to the local field services office.