e-CPD courses at the RVC allow veterinarians from around the world to participate in interactive and in depth online learning. The courses offered cover a range of topics relevant to companion animal and equine clinical practice. The courses are moderated by expert clinical staff. Depending on the course topic, they consist of a mixture of case presentations and assessment, radiographs, downloadable reference sources (notes, text book references and relevant journal articles), quizzes, weblinks and online asynchronous discussions.
There is no need to log on at any particular time of the day or night so the courses can be completed in your own time. However, you do need to be able to spend at least six hours each week on the course and log on several times throughout each week to get maximum benefit. There are tasks to complete each week and usually deadlines to meet midweek and at the end of the week.
For most e-CPD courses veterinarians can earn up to 42 hours formal CPD and another 10 hours informal CPD as permitted by the RCVS. Nurses can earn up to 25 CPD hours. This means that you can exceed your yearly CPD requirement in one course! At a cost of less than £20 per CPD hour they are one of the most cost effective independent CPD forums in Europe.
The courses are internet based so no special software or computer skills are required – you don’t have to be a computer geek to enjoy and participate fully! The unique feature of the RVC e-CPD courses is that they are much more than just an online information delivery mechanism. Interactive activities occur throughout the course, tutor input is extensive and integral to the participants’ learning, and veterinarians can share their clinical experiences with, and learn from, a diverse group of colleagues. Veterinarians and veterinary nurses participate from all parts of the UK and abroad including Australia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Trinidad, the United Arab Emirates and the USA.
The format of e-CPD is not for everyone. It does not suit everyone’s learning preferences, they require commitment and self-discipline and they can be challenging to fit into a busy life. They involve tutor supported but also self-directed learning – so that more than in any other form of CPD you get out of it what you put in. You also have to make your own coffee. But for those who can commit the time, like to learn at their own pace, at times convenient to their work, family and social life, have time to reflect on their learning, be part of an active discussion forum, have the flexibility to explore topics in greater depth or simply those who wish to avoid having to travel and be away from home or work to participate in CPD, e-CPD is an ideal CPD format. Course numbers are limited to enhance participants’ learning experience and in 2016 most courses were fully booked. So it is wise to book early to avoid disappointment.
It is also important to fully consider where you are going to find the time to do the course each week – the extra hours needed will not magically appear in your life. These courses are intense and we make no apology for that. They take time which can be challenging if you do not set aside specific times to do the work. You schedule time off work to attend a face-to-face CPD course so if your work and home life is very full why not consider booking time off each week to enable you to participate fully in, and get maximum benefit from, the rich online learning experience of e-CPD?
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What previous participants have said about our e-CPD courses .....
“ This form of learning was a positive experience for me and more useful than many CPD courses I have attended in person.”
“ All the people with whom I dealt with were first rate.”
“ I like the fact that we could share information with colleagues from all over the globe.”
“ Better value for money [than conventional CPD] – no travel, petrol, hotels etc. – and fits in better with family life.”
“ Brilliant value, I would definitely do another course and advise others to do so.”
“ It seemed to be really good value, you got a lot of hours for your money!”
“ I found the online platform logically set out and easy to navigate.”
“ [I liked the] ability to do it from home, but with interaction on a daily basis.”
“ I much prefer e-CPD as it can be done from home or during a quiet time at work rather than having to go to a meeting after a long day at work.”
“ I think it’s an excellent method of CPD, however I think you need to be sure that you can put aside sufficient hours for the course.”
“ I can travel miles to sit in lectures and go to sleep, but I get much more out of e-CPD because I have to interact with it and think things through. I find I can do it without upsetting my life’s schedule (being a locum and often a lone parent, this is important!).”
“ I like the online environment and being able to access the material any time you like.”