Vet group launches postgraduate apprenticeship scheme

Vet group launches postgraduate apprenticeship scheme

IVC Evidensia hails development opportunity

Vets wanting to gain a master’s degree will now have the opportunity to do thanks to a new scheme being piloted by IVC Evidensia.

IVC  said the apprenticeship will support graduates who will be awarded an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice qualification and an RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice).

The scheme is supported by funding from Nestlé Purina PetCare.

Julie Cayzer, academy manager at IVC Evidensia, said: “The apprenticeship enables comprehensive development of our GP vets to a high level and the ability for our practices to increase their skill capacity.

“This, in turn, helps our practices to continue offering a gold standard level of care to our patients.”

In January, 14 vets from across IVC Evidensia’s network in England started the Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner master’s level degree apprenticeship, run by the University of Nottingham.

The programme is typically 50 months, or approximately 36 months for a post-Professional Development Phase (PDP) professional and combines curriculum-led work-based learning with high-quality MSc-level education.

‘Skills development’

Nestlé Purina’s Harriet Morley said: “We are delighted to be able to support the acceleration of skills development within IVC Evidensia.

“Nestlé is committed to skills development and this is a fantastic way that our business can play a key role in supporting people, both within our organisation and through our valued partnerships, such as the one that exists between Nestlé Purina and IVC Evidensia.”

IVC Evidensia opened its first start-up practice in Northern Ireland at Stormont Veterinary Practice at the start of last year.

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