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Posted: 2nd April 2024

Vets invited to GP speciality training focus group
The focus group will take place in London on 3 May.
Event is part of RCVS’ clinical careers pathways project.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is inviting veterinary professionals to take part in a focus group to help develop a training programme for a new veterinary GP speciality.

Taking place on Friday, 3 May 2024 at Woburn House Conference Centre, London, the event will give those interested in the speciality a chance to share their thoughts and insights about how the training shoud look and discuss the potential advantages and risks.

The seven-hour event will look at the professional knowledge, skills, and behaviours which should make up the curriculum. Attendees will also be asked to share their thoughts on how it should be delivered, including identifying suitable learning environments for the training to take place, and the supervision and support offered to veterinary surgeons on the training programme.

The development of a training programme for a new specialist in primary care status is one of the current workstreams of the RCVS’ veterinary clinical career pathway project. Launched in November 2023, the project is also looking at creating clear guidance on clinical roles and statuses and developing more accessible routes for specialist training.

Further stakeholder events are planned for later in the year, with the next focus group on GP specialty training to be held on10 June 2024 in Edinburgh.

Linda Prescott-Clements, RCVS director of education, said: “In terms of attendees, we are very keen to have a good mix of people including those working in independent veterinary practices as well as corporate environments, those working in general practice, Advanced Practitioners, Specialists and those who work in the education sector.

“The focus groups will be on interactivity, finding solutions and building engagement – we want all voices to be heard and all ideas to be shared.”

Those interested in attending the event can reserve a place on the focus group’s Eventbrite page.

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