Veterinary surgeons and veterinary pathologists have a responsibility to ensure that they maintain and develop the knowledge and skills relevant to their professional practice and competence. CPD is the personal obligation of all responsible veterinary surgeons veterinary pathologists and should be seen as the continuous progression of capability and competence.

Available schemes:

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

The RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons requires veterinary surgeons to provide the RCVS with their CPD records when requested to do so.

The recommended minimum CPD is 105 hours over a rolling three year period with an average of 35 hours per year. It is appreciated that most veterinary surgeons will do considerably more than this.

Royal College of Pathologists

The RCPath expects all its UK Fellows to participate in the CPD programme or a suitable alternative, such as a scheme offered by another medical royal college.

Following a CPD programme enables pathologists to remain up to date in a changing environment.

The overall five-year credit requirement is a minimum of 250 credits. It is recommended that participants record a minimum of 50 credits per year throughout their career. The five-year total is calculated on a five-year rolling cycle.

European College of Veterinary Pathologists

The European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) requires each European College to administer the procedures for evaluating CPD of its members.

The first EBVS criterion is a 100 point credit system – a total minimum number of points have to be collected during a five year period. The second EBVS criterion for re-registration concerns the time spent in the specialism as more than or equal to 50 % of the official working time (i.e. more than 800 hours a year).