Veterinary and Para-veterinary CPD

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a process of lifelong learning whereby a Veterinary or Para-Veterinary Professional systematically engages in activities that maintain abilities, skills and knowledge required for a professional practice.

How CPD Works

Veterinary professionals who enter the CPD systems during their Compulsive Community Service, must accumulate a total of sixty (60) CPD points, of which twenty (20) CPD points have to be structured activities, within every three-year cycle from commencement of the CPD system.

Para-veterinary professionals who enter the CPD system during their Compulsive Community Service, must accumulate a total of fifteen (15) structured and thirty-five (35) unstructured CPD points for every consecutive three-year CPD cycle.

Structured CPD Activities

The following qualifies as structured activities:

  • CPD courses and conferences presented by universities, veterinary professional associations, regulatory bodies and accredited service providers, which will augment the chosen field of veterinary work; and
  • Written assessment tests on veterinary literature

Unstructured CPD Activities

Veterinary Profession Para-Veterinary Profession
One (1) point is allocated to both the instructor and trainee for each week of in-practice training and instruction with a maximum of twenty (20) points to be accumulated in any three-year cycle, provided that details of the in-practice training and instruction are recorded. One (1) point is allocated to both the instructor and trainee for each week of in-practice training and instruction with a maximum of twenty (20) points to be accumulated in any three-year cycle. Provided that details of the in-practice training and instruction are recorded.
One (1) point is allocated for each day of supervision of an undergraduate para-veterinary professional student registered with Council, provided that details of supervision are recorded. One (1) point is allocated for each day of supervision of an undergraduate veterinary or para-veterinary student registered with council. Provided that details of supervision are recorded.
One (1) point is allocated for every two hours of documented discussion between registered para-veterinary professional colleagues, provided that an attendance register is retained of meetings. One (1) point is allocated for every two hours of documented discussion between professional colleagues. Provided that an attendance register is retained of meetings
One (1) point is allocated for every two hours of reading relevant literature with a maximum of fifteen (15) points to be accumulated in any three-year cycle, provided that the date, time spent and literature read is recorded. One (1) point is allocated for every two hours of reading relevant literature with a maximum of fifteen points to be accumulated in any three-year cycle. Provided that the date, time spent and literature read is recorded.
One (1) point is allocated for every two hours of participation in any correspondence course, audio/video tape, compact disc or web-based package accessed via printed or electronic medium with a maximum of fifteen (15) points to be accumulated in any three-year cycle, provided that full details are recorded. One (1) point is allocated for every two hours of participation in any correspondence course, audio/video tape, compact disc or web-based package accessed via printed or electronic medium with a maximum of fifteen (15) points to be accumulated in any three-year cycle. Provided that full details are recorded.
One (1) point is allocated for each day or part of day of formal lectures and/or practical demonstrations of any non- veterinary or non- para-veterinary course attended to improve personal and/or managerial skills that will assist in providing better service in the para-veterinary professional's related field of work with a maximum of five (5) points to be accumulated in any three-year cycle, -provided that the programme is submitted to Council together with the annual summary referred to in regulation 8(2). One (1) point is allocated per hour or part thereof for the first two hours, thereafter additional points are allocated per completed hour of formal lectures and/or practical demonstrations of any non-veterinary course attended to improve personal and/or managerial skills that will assist in providing better service in the veterinarian’s related field of work with a maximum of ten (10) points to be accumulated in any three-year cycle. Provided that the programme is submitted to council together with the annual summary referred to in regulation 8.2.
Two (2) points per day or portion of day for attending veterinary and / or para- veterinary related farmers days / information sessions or relevant activities with a maximum of ten (10) points to be accumulated in any three-year cycle.  

CPD Activity Records

  • All veterinary professionals must keep documented proof of participation and progress of structured CPD activities as well as a CPD record including the nature, scope and duration of unstructured activities.
  • These CPD activity records must be submitted annually to the council on a specific form obtainable from the registrar.
  • All CPD activity records must be kept, ready to be made available, for a period of five (5) years.

Non-compliance

In the event that a veterinary or para-veterinary professional does not comply with the set our CPD requirements for a particular period, the council may impose one of the following conditions:

  • Grant the veterinary professional deferment for period determined by council
  • Instruct the veterinary professional to follow a remedial programme of continued education and training as specified by the council
  • Require the veterinary professional to write an examination as determined by the council
  • Remove the veterinary professional’s name from the relevant register