Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

broadening your skills and knowledge

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a professional responsibility and requirement for all veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses on the RCVS Register. The annual CPD hourly targets are 35 hours for veterinary surgeons and 15 hours for veterinary nurses which support the need for every vet and vet nurse to undertake regular and relevant CPD. Guidance is available here.

CPD is the process of continually maintaining, improving and broadening your skills and knowledge, as well as developing personal qualities, which help to ensure you remain professionally competent. It is your responsibility to keep a record of learning plans and activities, and to keep documented evidence of participation in courses and other activities. Any activities undertaken in order to further your professional competence as part of a planned development programme can be counted towards your CPD. Appropriate activities may include:

  • Formal case/practice discussions
  • Attending Courses/Seminars/Workshops
  • Clinical skills labs
  • Workshops
  • Work-based observation


STEFT will be happy to provide a certificate of attendance, or other documents that may be needed to serve as evidence of your involvement in CPD at the STEF Veterinary Centre.