Continuing professional development for veterinary practitioners in Victoria

Guideline 10 of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria requires all registered veterinary practitioners to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a condition of their registration.

Continuing professional development is an essential part of a profession’s activities. CPD provides assurance to the general public and professional peers that registered veterinary practitioners are continually updating and improving their skills. CPD strengthens the collaboration between the veterinary practitioner, the veterinary team and an owner in the delivery of contemporary veterinary services to a standard expected by the public and professional peers.

More information: Guideline 10 - Continuing Professional Development

Counting and recording CPD points

The Board requires veterinary practitioners registered in Victoria to undertake a minimum of 60 points of CPD points over a rolling three-year cycle, at least 15 of which must be structured points. When a practitioner renews their registration, they will be asked to declare whether they have fulfilled their professional obligations in relation to CPD. Currently, practitioners registered in Victoria are not required to submit CPD records to the Board though CPD records must be retained for at least three years from date of completion.

CPD records should include the CPD date, name and type of activity, field of learning, specific learning or development achieved, points accrued and validation documents. Vets may use their own record system (e.g. an Excel spreadsheet) or the Board's record form to record their CPD.

Postgraduate qualification courses  1  -  Enrolment receipt, certificate / degree
Conferences, seminars, webinars  1  -  Certificate
Workshops, wet labs  2  -  Certificate
Accreditation scheme by examination  4  -  Certificate or evidence of accreditation
Accreditation Program (APAV) courses  1 per chapter  -  Certificate or evidence of results
AVBC AVE MCQ trial test  1 per test  -  Evidence of results
Distance education / correspondence courses  1  -  Certificate or evidence of results
Assessed audiovisual / computer-based course  1  -  Certificate or evidence of results
Quizzes based on presentations or papers  1  -  Completed quiz or evidence of results
Written assessment tasks  1  -  Certificate or evidence of results
Structured learning reflection  1  -  Copy of reflection signed by supervisor
Educating and publishing:
Formal presentation to peers (in person / online)
 4 for first presentation only  -  Copy of script or marketing material
Talks to community / schools  2 for first presentation only  -  Copy of script or letter from organiser
Writing distance education / online course   4  -  Copy/Link or letter from employer
Assessment of peer submissions and exams   1  -  Letter from employer
Journal publication (peer-reviewed)  1  20 per paper  Copy of paper
Refereeing peer reviewed journal  1  4 per paper  Letter from editor
Journal / other non-peer-reviewed edited media  1  10 per paper  Copy of paper / media
Unassessed AV / audio / online / live activities
 0.5  -  Evidence of activity
Private reading (textbooks, journals, online, etc.)
 0.5  -  Title / author / pages
Clinical rounds
 0.5  -  Evidence of attendance, relevant CPD
Management / board / practice meetings
 0.5  -  Evidence of attendance, relevant CPD
Being mentored (graduate, post-grad, ANZCVS)
 1  -  Signature of mentor, relevant CPD
Clinical review project
 4  10 per review  Self - Copy of review
Learning plan (not more than one per year)
 3  -  Self - Copy of plan
Small group learning 
 0.5  -  Evidence of attendance, relevant CPD
Participation in moderated e-list (ANZCVS, Countdown Downunder, other)
 1  -  Transcript
Online professional forum contribution  0.5  3 per year  Self (description of forum name/type)
Educating and supporting
Mentoring undergraduate students  1  1 per day  Signature of mentee, relevant CPD
Mentoring (vets / nurses / post-grads / ANZCVS)  1  -  Signature of mentee, relevant CPD
Professional representation on committees and Boards (AVA, ANZCVS, VPRBV, GRV, RV, other)  0.5  8 per 3 years  Evidence of attendance, relevant CPD
Publishing referenced blogs/printed material  0.5  3 per year  Copy or link to published material