The modular, portfolio approach allows the greatest flexibility to meet the needs of the modern practitioner. The goal of the Advanced Clinical Practice programme from The University of Edinburgh is to provide the student with the skills and knowledge required to be highly effective practitioners and to enable them to act as leaders and mentors within the veterinary community.
Veterinary medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline, comprising a wide range of specialist areas. Research in veterinary medicine is directly relevant to the improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species and the protection of public health.
The R(D)SVS has an international reputation, and its clinical services - Hospital for Small Animals (dog and cat and exotics, zoo and wildlife) and Large Animal Hospital (equine and livestock) - are among the most influential centres for clinical care in the UK and Europe. It is best placed to advance the skills of the sector due to the skills in primary, secondary and tertiary care medicine and surgery, and its extensive research activities in all aspects of veterinary medicine.
Veterinary practitioners are under pressure to maintain high standards of practice while also keeping abreast of the latest developments. In response to the increasing requirement for support in developing advanced clinical skills, this new distance learning programme is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at veterinarians in practice.
The programme is delivered part-time by online distance learning over a minimum period of three years and a maximum period of six years. Students may undertake the programme by Intermittent Study (flexible progression route), accruing credits within a maximum time limit of six years for the MVetSci. For students wishing to study for the Diploma, the maximum time period for this is 4 years and for those undertaking the Certificate, the maximum time period for this is 2 years.
In summary, times for completion are as follows:
The programme is modular in structure, offering a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied; other than the single core course specified for the certificate, students may choose to study one or more individual courses listed below, to complete a sufficient number of course credits to be awarded the certificate (60 credits), the diploma (120 credits) or the MSc (180 credits). Students will have the option to select a final year project or fully-taught route to achieve the MVetSci.
Each year will consist of three 11-week terms structured into 2 blocks of 5 weeks of study with a week in between for independent study and reflection. One block of 5 weeks will equate to 10 credits of course material. This framework is designed to fit in with the part-time nature of the programme, giving the student time to reflect on their learning and lessening the impact of the additional requirements that studying will place on the students’ working lives.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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This programme is intended for students with a veterinary degree or its international equivalent. If you hold an RCVS Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) you can directly enter the diploma year.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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