Why you should be regularly completing your vet CPD

In order to deliver the best level of patient care to our furry friends, it is necessary for veterinary staff to keep their skills and industry knowledge up to scratch. In this blog, we look at the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) and offer up some ideas on how to get in those hours! 

The importance of CPD

Continuing professional development is an amalgamation of techniques, ideas and hands-on experience that will help shape your professional growth and understanding. Its purpose is to help veterinary nurses and surgeons continuously improve their capability and competence. With this new breadth of knowledge, you are expected to refine your skills and improve the professional service you offer patients under your care. 

What are the requirements? 

All practising vets are required to meet the minimum standard of 35 hours of CPD a year or 105 hours over a three-year period. Whether you are in a full-time role or only practising part-time, these rules still apply. 

Types of CPD

Workplace CPD

This includes, but is not limited to: in-house training, formal case discussions, shadowing and peer review. 

Formal CPD 

This type of CPD is usually led by a third-party, including: workshops, lectures, courses and guided training. 

Top tip: Find out what kind of learner you are out of visual, kinesthetic or auditory. Once you know this, you can choose CPD sessions that best match your style of learning; making it more likely you’ll absorb the information being shared. 

Self-directed learning

These are unaccompanied activities such as research, critical reading, observation, listening to a podcast or writing a paper. 

Just remember to record your learnings, including evidence of participation. 


Reflective practice is now considered an essential step in CPD. During the process, the individual should consider what they learned, how it can be applied to your practice to improve services. 

The RCVS have created this helpful video called ‘Reflecting on your CPD’ which is available to watch on demand if you want to find out more about outcomes-focused CPD. 


We hope you enjoy the journey of progressing your professional learning and hope this article has inspired you to try something new. In the meantime, did you know that we’re providing our locum vets and nurses with up to £500 worth of CPD training? Sign up with us now to find out more.