The RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) is a flexible, modular approach to achieving veterinary postgraduate qualifications.
Credits are awarded by RCVS and not the University of Edinburgh
, which means the programme is not eligible for a University of Edinburgh
You can design your own postgraduate certificate by choosing a combination of 10 credit elements that reflects your area of interest and are directly relevant to your work. As part of this consistent, flexible framework, you can choose modules from a number of accredited institutions in the UK.
You are also encouraged to support your study by undertaking appropriate continuing professional development (CPD) and working closely with a mentor or senior colleague with experience in the subject area and/or personal experience of undertaking veterinary postgraduate qualifications.
Assessment submission links and support materials are provided online via Blackboard Learn.
Online support materials include:
online discussion forums
sample case notes/essay topics
guidance notes on assessment criteria
study skills support
The programme is structured to allow sequential progression through the A module (foundation skills), B module (core skills) and C modules (advanced skills). While it is recommended that the Certificate is taken in this way, it is also possible to take the modules in any order.
The Certificate can be taken over 10 years, with each module taking between 1-2 years. It is possible to complete the full programme (60 credit equivalent) in one year, though this will depend on the assessment timetable for each module.
For most candidates the usual route of study is:
A-FAVP, 10 credits = one year of study
B module, 10 credits = one year of study
C module (x4), 10 credits each = two years of study per module allowing time to gather cases etc
Synoptic assessment to achieve a designated certificate as required
Candidates will demonstrate:
a thorough understanding of the knowledge base, and a critical awareness of developments, at the forefront of their area of professional practice
a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own area of practice
originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and clinical enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their professional area
conceptual understanding that enables them to evaluate critically current literature and research in their professional area and evaluate clinical methodologies and techniques, and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate to propose new approaches to professional practice
Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:
deal with complex issues in an organised and creative manner, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to veterinary colleagues and to non-veterinary audiences, including clients
demonstrate self direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks in their professional area of work
continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level
Holders of the Certificate will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for professional veterinary work. Candidates may elect to progress to a European Diploma following completion of the certificate.
Candidates must fulfill the following criteria: be a member of RCVS, or hold a registrable degree; have at least 1 year’s postgraduate experience working as a veterinary surgeon; be enrolled with RCVS if intending to take the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (enrolment will be valid for 10 years).