Veterinary e-CPD: a new model for providing online continuing professional development for the veterinary profession

Short, Nick and Maddison, Jill and Mantis, Panagiotis and Salmon, Gilly (2007) Veterinary e-CPD: a new model for providing online continuing professional development for the veterinary profession. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 34 (5). pp. 689-694. ISSN 0748-321X


Continuing professional development (CPD) is widely recognized as an important element in effective lifelong learning for veterinary surgeons. Traditional methods of CPD do not suit all learners, as issues such as location, time, cost, and structure sometimes prevent individuals from completing the required number of CPD study hours per year. The rapid development of the Internet, and with it the increasing scope and sophistication of e-learning, provides new opportunities to address some of these constraints on the provision of CPD. This article describes one way in which e-learning has been deployed effectively to support veterinary surgeons in practice. Since 2003, a series of six-week e-CPD courses has been offered by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in an online format, with no face-to-face teaching component. Participants enrolled in courses from May 2006 to January 2007 were found to come from 23 different countries. Analysis of feedback forms indicates a general satisfaction with this new way of studying, with a significant majority of participants stating that they would wish to use this approach again in future. The feedback indicates that e-learning can offer an effective alternative to traditional face-to-face courses and that its popularity is likely to grow in future as veterinarians become increasing familiar with and confident about working online.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Full text unavailable due to copyright restrictions of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2011 23:51
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 03:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: continuing veterinary education; CPD; e-learning; e-moderating; online teaching
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070799 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3138/jvme.34.5.689

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