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CPD  
 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 

The Board, in common with other professional bodies, considers it is important for members of the veterinary profession to be involved in a regular program of continuing professional development (CPD). The Board requires that all registered veterinary surgeons provide details of their CPD activity each year at the time of renewing their registration.

The Board has set the requirement for 60 units of CPD activity to be completed over a 3 year period.

It is recommended that you keep copies of your CPD records for 5 years, along with evidence of the courses undertaken.

Exemptions

Those exempt from CPD are:

  • New graduates in their first year of practice
  • Registrants undergoing formal post graduate training

CPD Units - How Much?

60 units of CPD per triennium must be undertaken.  At least 15 of these units should be structured continuing education (eg lectures; courses; workshops; seminars etc).


Structured (minimum 15 units each triennium)
Activity   Unit Value
University CVE courses 1 hour 1 unit
Postgraduate courses etc. 1 hour 1 unit
Conferences, Seminars, etc 1 hour 1 unit
Presentation &/or publication of papers 1 hour lecture 5 units
Other professional presentations 1 hour 1 unit
Correspondence courses 2 hours 1 unit
Written assessment tests 1 test 1 unit
Assessed audio/video tapes/information Technology 2 hours 1 unit
Unstructured
Activity   Unit Value
Reading 2 hours 1 unit
Non-assessed audio/video tapes/information Technology 2 hours 1 unit

What is appropriate CPD?

CPD is much broader than veterinary medicine and surgery. CPD that is relevant and of benefit to any aspect of a veterinary surgeon's professional life may be considered to be appropriate and recordable CPD. For example, practice management, stress management and communication skills are as important as other forms of CPD that relate more directly to veterinary medicine and surgery.

The source of continuing education is wide ranging. Broadly, any educational material emanating from organisations affiliated with the WVA, recognized universities or TAFEs could be considered, but some may need to prove relevance.

The AVA Bulletin provides information about courses, seminars etc that will accrue CPD points.