Veterinary Graduate Development Programme launched
The RCVS has launched its Veterinary Graduate Development Programme (VetGDP) e-portfolio platform.
It will allow all new veterinary graduates and their VetGDP advisers to record and monitor the graduate’s progress as they work through it.
The e-portfolio is intuitive to use, and functionality includes:
- Separate sections for each of the overarching activities carried out by the new graduate in their role, ie Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs);
- An online area to upload documents and record text to capture reflections and feedback;
- Easy-to-view progress for individual cases / tasks across all activities identified as being relevant to the graduate in their role;
- The ability to upload photos to record case-specific information.
Speaking about the programme, Linda Prescott-Clements, RCVS Director of Education, said: “We recognise how important it is to support new veterinary graduates as much as possible during their first job as a fully-qualified veterinary surgeon. The transition from study to work can be a daunting one, and we wanted to create a resource that would help new graduates record and reflect on their journey through the programme and provide a space for the VetGDP Adviser to monitor and support their graduate as they progress.
‘A positive impact’
“We believe the VetGDP programme will have a positive impact on graduates’ development and their confidence during their first role. The new e-portfolio will be a key resource for employers to help them support the professional development of the newest cohort of veterinary professionals.”
Feedback opportunities are also built into the system, and new veterinary graduates and their VetGDP sdvisers are encouraged to leave comments and suggestions to help the RCVS enhance the platform’s functionality.
From this summer, all new veterinary graduates have had to be enrolled on the VetGDP when they start their first job as a qualified vet. This means that veterinary practices and other workplaces wishing to employ new veterinary graduates will need to become, or be working towards becoming, an RCVS-Approved Graduate Development Practice or Workplace.
To date, over 1,800 VetGDP advisers around the UK have registered for the training to help develop their new graduate colleagues and support them at this crucial time as they begin their working lives. Further information about becoming an RCVS-Approved Graduate Development Practice or Workplace can be found at www.rcvs.org.uk/vetgdp.
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