School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP)

The RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) is a flexible, modular approach to achieving veterinary postgraduate qualification.

Before you start working towards the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP), or towards any individual modules, you must enrol for the CertAVP with the RCVS. This is so that the RCVS can confirm your eligibility and log your credits as they accrue towards your qualification.

Candidates must hold a recognised veterinary degree, have at least one year’s experience as a practising vet and be enrolled for a CertAVP with the Royal College of Surgeons. Those who graduated after 2007 must have completed their PDP or VetGDP.

Each module offers 100 hours CPD, including time for assessment.

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The University of Nottingham are currently offering the following RCVS CertAVP Modules:

A Module – Foundations of Advanced Veterinary Practice (A-FAVP.1)

£795 per module for E-Learning and Assessment
 Start date Application deadline
 1 May 2023  23 March 2023
 28 August 2023  20 July 2023
2 January 2024 1 December 2023
29 April 2024 23 March 2024

 

B Module – Small Animal Practice (B-SAP.1)

£795 per module for E-Learning and Assessment
 Start date Application deadline
 1 May 2023  23 March 2023
 28 August 2023  20 July 2023
2 January 2024 1 December 2023
29 April 2024 23 March 2024

 

 

C Module – Small Animal Clinical Practice – Core Surgery (C-SACP.2)

£795 per module for E-Learning and Assessment
 Start date Application deadline
 28 August 2023  20 July 2023

 

C Module – Small Animal Clinical Practice – Core Medicine (C-SACP.1)

£795 per module for E-Learning and Assessment
 Start date Application deadline
2 January 2024 1 December 2023

 

 
A Module - A-FAVP.1 – Foundations of Advanced Veterinary Practice

Overview

The module consists of a 16-week programme, delivered through supported online materials produced by experts at the University of Nottingham Vet School.

Content

  • Principles of Professional Reasoning and Decision Making
  • Emergency Care
  • Animal and Public Health Protection
  • Animal Welfare, Professional Conduct and Veterinary Ethics
  • Quality and Safety in Veterinary Practice

Assessments

  • Clinical audit of the candidate’s choice designed to be relevant and useful to their workplace (3000 words)
  • Three reflective essays of 800-1000 words, covering problem-solving, approach to ethical dilemmas and personal development.
  • Online MCQ open book exam covering certification and emergency care
 
B Module – Small Animal Practice (B-SAP.1)

Overview

The module consists of a 16-week programme, delivered through supported online material produced by experts at the University of Nottingham Vet School.

Content

  • Logical approach to decision-making
  • Rational diagnostic test selection
  • Principles of clinical pharmacology
  • Diagnostic imaging including radiation protection, quality control and safe production of diagnostic radiographs
  • Surgical practice: pre-, peri- and post-operative considerations
  • Anaesthesia management

Assessment

  • Two written case reports (2500 words each), one surgical and one medical where the candidate was the primary clinician.
  • A reflective essay justifying the candidate’s choice of cases and reflecting on their learning during the module (1000 words)
  • A written radiograph report (maximum 1000 words)
 

C Module – Small Animal Clinical Practice – Core Surgery (C-SACP.2)

Content

  • Surgical energy devices
  • Exploratory coeliotomy
  • Surgical oncology
  • Wound closure
  • Wound management
  • Principles and practice of laparoscopic surgery
  • Principles and practice of imaging in surgery
  • Principles and practice of orthopaedic surgery

Assessment

  • Chronological case log (20 cases)
  • Skills audit and reflection (800-1000 words)
  • Two case reports (1500 words each)
  • Journal review
 
C Module – Small Animal Clinical Practice – Core Medicine (C-SACP.1)

Content

  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Urogenital disorders
  • Infectious disease

Assessment

  • Chronological case log (20 cases)
  • Skills audit and reflection (800-1000 words)
  • Two case reports (1500 words each)
  • Journal review
 

Why choose UoN

We have developed a 16-week modular structure for each of our available modules, with flexibility to complete your studying at a time to suit you. Designed to be highly relevant to clinical practice, our modules will help develop your skills and knowledge, while providing you with resources and tools to use in your practice.

Method of Teaching

Our supported online material includes pre-recorded webinars, guided reading and practical tasks. All of the learning material is displayed in a structured learning plan and will be available at the start of your journey through the module. This gives you the flexibility to get ahead with your learning or catch up if you’ve had a busy week in practice. The assessments are module specific and detailed within the module overview. The 100 hours allocated for the module includes time to complete assessments.

Support During Study 

The Module convener or a member of the CPD staff are available to answer queries as you are working through the modules.

Key Academic Staff

Lucy Hughes MA VetMB PGCertSAOphthal CertAVP MRCVS

Alyson Quieros BVSc CertAVP (Veterinary Dermatology) FHEA MRCVS

Stephanie Richardson MA BVetMed (Hons) CertAVP FHEA MRCVS

Rob White BSc BVetMed CertVA DSAS (Soft Tissue) DipECVS SFHEA FRCVS

How to Enrol

To check availability and secure you place, please email certavp@nottingham.ac.uk

Veterinary CPD Education Centre

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

0115 951 6647

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