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RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Online Learning) PgProfDev

RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Online Learning) PgProfDev

Key information

Qualification type

Professional Development Diploma

Subject areas

Flexible Learning Design

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

The RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) is a flexible, modular approach to achieving veterinary postgraduate qualifications.

Credits are awarded by RCVS and not the University of Edinburgh, which means the programme is not eligible for a University of Edinburgh award.

You can design your own postgraduate certificate by choosing a combination of 10 credit elements that reflects your area of interest and are directly relevant to your work. As part of this consistent, flexible framework, you can choose modules from a number of accredited institutions in the UK.

Note that all Edinburgh CertAVP modules are self-study (assessment only) which includes guidance from the team and access to an online support environment.

You are encouraged to support your study by undertaking appropriate continuing professional development (CPD) and working closely with a mentor or senior colleague with experience in the subject area and/or personal experience of undertaking veterinary postgraduate qualifications.

Learning outcomes

Candidates will demonstrate:

  • a thorough understanding of the knowledge base, and a critical awareness of developments, at the forefront of their area of professional practice
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own area of practice
  • originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and clinical enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their professional area
  • conceptual understanding that enables them to evaluate critically current literature and research in their professional area and evaluate clinical methodologies and techniques, and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate to propose new approaches to professional practice

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • deal with complex issues in an organised and creative manner, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to veterinary colleagues and to non-veterinary audiences, including clients
  • demonstrate self direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks in their professional area of work
  • continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level

Career opportunities

Holders of the Certificate will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for professional veterinary work. Candidates may elect to progress to a European Diploma following completion of the certificate

Different course options

Study mode



10 years

Start date



Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must: be a member of RCVS, or hold a registrable degree; have at least 1 year of postgraduate experience working as a veterinary surgeon; be enrolled with RCVS if intending to take the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (enrolment will be valid for 10 years).

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