The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia (VSBSA) regulates the conduct and competence of veterinary surgeons in the public interest by setting professional standards, codes of conduct and guidelines for continuing professional development (CPD).
New, contemporary CPD Guidelines for South Australian registered veterinary surgeons will take effect on 1 January 2021 and will require all veterinary surgeons to complete 90 units of CPD activity over a period of 3 years. The new CPD Guidelines can be found here: https://www.vsbsa.org.au/CPD_side_link_14_CPD.html
The VSBSA received multiple submissions in relation to the proposed CPD Guidelines. These contributed to the new Guidelines. The feedback resulted in:
Significant expansion of the scope of CPD activity which can be counted as CPD units. For example:
Continuing Veterinary Education (CVE) activity can now include training in areas such as communications, mental first aid, resilience, human resources and financial management
Collegial Learning (CL) activity can now include demonstration of procedures, teaching activities, supervision of residents, supervision of veterinary students and staff mentoring
Self-Directed Learning (SDL) activity can now include preparation of case reports and preparation of specialist reports for an external body such as a court of law
Simplified CPD unit allocation system for veterinary specialists, aligned with the system for general practitioners
Streamlined approach to reporting CPD from 2021 - which will require veterinary surgeons to maintain full CPD records and declare at the end of each year that they comply with the CPD Guidelines but not provide details of CPD activity in annual returns
The VSBSA thanks members of the public, animal welfare organisations and veterinary surgeons for their contributions to the new CPD Guidelines.