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My Veterinary Career booth at LVS

My Veterinary Career booth at LVS

My Veterinary Career Debuts At London Vet Show

3 weeks ago

17th November, 2022 11h25

Improve International

Improve Veterinary Education and the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), part of the Improve International Group, has launched My Veterinary Career for vets and vet nurses at the London Vet Show.  

This is a points-based pathway that will enable veterinary professionals to structure their training and qualifications around different clinical routes for clearer career progression. Plus, with new skills gained from their training, vets and vet nurses can apply their knowledge straightaway to the benefit of their practices. 

With this new system, vets and vet nurses can gain points through achieving different ISVPS qualifications. In 2023, mini modular programmes will also be released to help delegates accumulate more points. Once enough points have been reached, veterinary professionals will be awarded the ultimate qualification: an ISVPS Master General Practitioner or an ISVPS Lead Veterinary Nurse Practitioner.   

My Veterinary Career has been introduced to tackle a growing concern in the veterinary community, with a high percentage of professionals wanting to leave the profession and feeling that they cannot progress their careers. 

The 2019 survey of the veterinary profession by the ies reported that 55.2% of vets said they did not feel rewarded/valued in the profession.  

Additionally, the FVE Survey of the veterinary profession in Europe claimed that in the UK, 40% of vets and nurses wished to leave the industry. In other countries Improve Veterinary Education operates in, 51% in Portugal, 32% in Spain, 27% in Denmark, 25% in Germany and 17% in France also felt the same. To address this concern, My Veterinary Career will also launch outside of the UK in the near future. 

The 2021 RCVS recruitment, retention and return in the veterinary profession preliminary report found that vets holding Advanced Practitioner status expressed a greater desire to stay in the profession compared to those without this additional status. 

With My Veterinary Career, vets and vet nurses will now have a clearer pathway to advance their careers and they will be able to develop a bespoke learning journey. As a result, Improve Veterinary Education and ISVPS hopes to see this aid recruitment and retention of veterinary professionals across both corporate and private practice and boost practice productivity and revenue.  

David Babington, one of the founders of Improve International and current Academic and Product Development Director, said: “We have been working for many years to bring My Veterinary Career to life and we are incredibly proud to introduce this game-changing initiative to help veterinary professionals around the country reach their goals and aspirations. The veterinary industry is incredibly rewarding and we want to match this with people’s postgraduate learning. We are excited to work with vets and vet nurses as they join My Veterinary Career and see them excel in ways they are very much capable of doing.” 

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