Development

Whether you want to be the best you can be in your chosen career, progress into management & leadership, gain a further professional qualification or to fine-tune your skills and knowledge – we take colleague development very seriously at CVS and offer a wide range of clinical and non-clinical learning, training and support.

The Cert AVP Programme is a flexible postgraduate veterinary qualification that has been designed to allow you to choose your preference on the areas you study – whether than be a general CertAVP qualification or a designated certificate in a particular specialism. We work with Liverpool University to provide our vets with the support they need throughout their modules.

We currently offer a small number of residencies in our Referral and Laboratory Divisions.

We offer internships each year within our Referral Veterinary Hospitals and Equine Division.

We offer training to help our practice teams understand the new PSS, how to prepare your practice, what the inspector will do on the day and where to find checklists and guidance. We also offer focussed training in conjunction with a number of key partners in order for our practices to gain extra points on the Practice Standards Scheme and work towards the Client Service Award.

For vets, specialists and nurses we offer external CPD support and annual allowances (for vets and specialists).

We offer a wide range of EMS placements across our practices in the UK and on many occasions, students who have visited us for EMS have gone on to join the CVS New Graduate Programme.

The CVS New Graduate Programme is a complete CPD and pastoral programme designed to support you in your first two years of practice. We currently employ circa 100 new graduates each year and with our wide range of practices across the UK, including Northern Ireland, there’s a practice to suit everyone, from large 24 hour hospitals to small community practices.

We offer a wide variety of student nurse opportunities each year across all of our accredited training practices.

The MiNurse Academy is an online clinical nursing education course, blending on-demand webinars and written assignments to create a fully flexible programme. The Academy has been designed for veterinary nurses looking to develop their skills in a particular specialism and for anyone looking for a stepping stone to diploma qualifications. The four MiNurse Academy Modules are:

  • Clinical Nurse Practitioner
  • Emergency & Critical Care
  • Advanced Surgery
  • Advanced Medicine

We are proud to be able to offer a large variety of specific training courses to allow colleagues in the laboratory division to gain additional qualifications relevant to their work. These include undergraduate courses in:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biosciences
And postgraduate courses in:
  • MSc Veterinary Epidemiology
  • MSc Haematopathology
  • MSc Veterinary Microbiology

A structured six day programme designed for managers with topics including; motivation and leading change, developing others and customer experience.

A six day programme specifically developed for our practice managers, covering a wide variety of topics, such as; leadership, resilience and recruitment.

Covering a very wide range of clinical and non-clinical subjects, such as:

  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Having Difficult Conversations
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Practice
  • Confidence in Consulting
  • Pain Management and Anaesthesia Refresh
  • Cardiology Champions

For specific non-clinical roles, we also offer support and funding for professional qualifications. Examples of these being:

  • City & Guilds for Grooming roles.
  • AAT/ACCA sponsorship for Finance positions.

We are very proud to have been the first veterinary employer in the UK to offer all our colleagues the opportunity to participate in the Mindfulness in the Workplace programme. We use mindfulness in the workplace because the wellbeing of our colleagues is of the utmost importance to us and mindfulness has been proven to reduce the destructive effects of stress, build resilience and create engagement.