I’m Off To The London Vet Show.

When people find out what I do for a living, they often talk about how long it takes to become a vet. 5 years! they say.  Isn’t that longer than it takes to train a doctor?

And it does seem a long slog at the time. But as with most professionals, a vet’s education doesn’t end at graduation.

All practising veterinary surgeons must maintain and continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills, in order to make continuous improvements to the standard of service they provide to their patients and clients.

Currently the recommended minimum CPD is 105 hours over three years . This is an average of 35 hours per year.

Just because I work part time, doesn’t mean I get a reduction in the amount of CPD I have to do. And because I work for myself, I don’t have anyone paying me to go on highly specialised courses. Quite a lot of what is out there is irrelevant to me anyhow; what I need is someone to come up with a course solely for us mobile vets.

The usual cost for a day of CPD is between £300-400, depending on what is being discussed, so you can see that CPD is not cheap.

Fortunately, there are many useful, free courses out there, and private, self directed  learning can account for 10 hours a year. This can include reading relevant journals and papers, and even  researching conditions online.

But sooner or later, you have to pay something and this is where conferences give good value for money.

I have attended the London Vet Show for the last 2 years, and tomorrow and Friday I will be there again. It’s easy to get to for me,  doesn’t require overnight accommodation and there is always plenty for me to see and do.

And when you work alone, as I do, it’s always good to have a chance to meet up with other vets, even if the vast majority of them are surgery-based.


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