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Postgraduate Course: Foundations of advanced veterinary practice (A-FAVP.1) (VESC11072)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe aim of this course or module is to provide a foundation for advanced veterinary practice. Its specific objectives are:
- To develop the foundation knowledge and skills required for advanced veterinary practice.
- To confirm that Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) candidates/students comprehend and can critically apply the professional requirements described in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Code of Professional Conduct.
- To develop students as independent learners not just as preparation for further CertAVP modules but also to meet life-long professional and personal learning needs and obligations.
Course description This assessment-only course forms part of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. Students working towards a CertAVP will be expected to have completed the A-FAVP.

All students are strongly recommended to complete this course before attempting any other CertAVP modules/courses, as this provides the foundation skills required for all elements of submission.

Please note - this is the assessment-only route for the A-FAVP. Please contact the course secretary and/or CertAVP administrator if you wish to register for the taught course.

This course will focus on the foundation principles of professional conduct, professional reasoning, decision making, animal and public health protection, animal welfare, veterinary ethics, quality and safety in practice, and emergency care. It will also provide an opportunity for students to develop key skills to enhance the student's capacity to manage their own learning. This Foundations course emphasises three general key skills areas: communication, personal and professional development, and research skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the thinking and decision-making processes required for advanced professional practice
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles of emergency care (including first aid, pain relief, euthanasia and emergency slaughter) in all species that might be encountered by veterinarians in general practice in the UK
  3. Explain the roles and responsibilities which veterinary surgeons have in relation to protecting animal and human health, and interpret and appraise their obligations towards animal welfare and professional conduct as laid down in the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct
  4. Describe the reasons for maintaining and improving the quality and safety of the service they provide and the means of achieving this
  5. Demonstrate the key skills required for advanced professional and personal development, incl. communication, evaluation of personal strengths, developing professional competence, and information and data handling skills
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills A. Research and Enquiry
Graduates of the University will be able to create new knowledge and opportunities for learning through the process of research and enquiry. This may be understood in terms of the following:
be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them
be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding
be ready to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and recognise the need to regularly challenge all knowledge
search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of their discipline(s) and the capacity to question these
understand economic, legal, ethical, social, cultural and environmental issues in the use of information
recognise the importance of reflecting on their learning experiences and be aware of their own learning style

B. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Graduates of the University will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges. This may be understood in terms of the following:
be able to identify processes and strategies for learning
be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
be able to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues
be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views
be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts

C. Communication
Graduates of the University will recognise and value communication as the tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, collaborating with others, and furthering their own learning. This may be understood in terms of the following:
make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
further their own learning through effective use of the full range of communication approaches
seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
recognise the benefits of communicating with those beyond their immediate environments
use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-reflection

D. Personal Effectiveness
Graduates of the University will be able to effect change and be responsive to the situations and environments in which they operate. This may be understood in terms of the following:
appreciate and use talents constructively, demonstrating self-discipline, motivation, adaptability, persistence and professionalism
be able to create and harness opportunities
be able to manage risk while initiating and managing change
be responsive to their changing surroundings, being both flexible and proactive
have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy
be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another
understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues
be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
work with, manage, and lead others in ways that value their diversity and equality and that encourage their contribution to the organisation and the wider community
Keywordsfoundation skills,advance veterinary practice,certavp,rcvs,professional skills
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Course secretaryMs Irene Harris
Tel: (0131 6)50 6149
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