O.V’s with ‘Grandfather rights’:
Back in March 2015 over 8,250 veterinary surgeons claimed “grandfather rights” and registered as official veterinarians (O. V’s). To retain their qualification, it’s necessary that OV’s successfully complete revalidation training. Current O.V.’s with ‘Grandfather Rights’ have had their revalidation dates set from 1 April 2015, regardless of when they registered. This means that for many O. V’s their ‘Grandfather Rights’, are set to expire at the end of March 2019. And, with this in mind, it is essential that these O. V’s act now and sign up to relevant CPD courses that will go towards the revalidation of their OV status.
VetCPD’s course, ‘Parasite prevention and disease detection in the travelling and imported pet’ tutored by Ian Wright, is the perfect solution for O. V’s who need to keep updated about exotic diseases and pet travel risks that they may be called upon to deal with in their day to day practice, both pre and post Brexit! This course is being run in both January and February 2019 which will not only count as CPD towards ‘Grandfather rights’ renewal, but will also cover many of the challenges that pet travel and exotic pathogens bring.
Increasing numbers of pets are travelling abroad on the Pet Passport Scheme (PETS) and being imported as adopted pets from abroad. While relaxation of the scheme has made life easier for owners taking their pets abroad, it has opened up an opportunity for parasites to spread along with their vectors. It has also created a minefield of pet passport paperwork for OVs and their colleagues to navigate through!
As course tutor Ian Wright explains,
“Most Vets will also be seeing imported pets adopted from further and further flung parts of the world. While the intentions of clients rescuing these pets are good, there comes considerable risk of gaining more friends with your new pet than you intentioned such as Leishmania infantum, Ehrlichia canis, Dirofilaria repens, Thelazia callipaeda and Linguatula serrata to name but a few! Veterinary professionals in first opinion practice are in the front line of being vigilant for these exotic parasites being present in travelled dogs and their rapid diagnosis, treatment and control is vital, both for the health of pet and owner but also for the UK’s biosecurity”.
The expanding distribution of parasites and vectors across Europe is making it increasingly likely that vets and vet nurses will encounter foreign parasites and be required to give preventative advice. This course considers exotic and emerging diseases, their diagnosis and treatment, and will consider principals of control and safe pet travel.
VetCPD online courses offer a highly interactive and modular way of learning with key features including: a series of modules comprising a recorded webinar, comprehensive and downloadable course notes, clinical cases to test your knowledge and an active course forum where participants can ask questions and debate topics. Each course is worth 8 hours CPD and is great value at £129 + VAT.
Other courses running in January 2019 are: ‘Anaesthetic Monitoring for Veterinary Nurses’, ‘Ophthalmology in Dogs and Cats’, ‘Epilepsy in cats and dogs’, and ‘Cutaneous Mast Cell Tumours in the Dog’. All courses run for three weeks with the tutor, beginning on 7th January 2019 and ending on the 27th January 2019. After this time, the tutor will no longer be active, but the content and MCQ exam will still be accessible, so can be completed by the participant over the next month. For more information or to book please visit: https://vetcpd.co.uk/product-category/online-tutored-cpd-courses/