Return to Work Program FAQs

Refresh your skills with the AVA Return to Work Program.

Pick and choose from clinical and non-clinical modules and complete the e-learning program at your own pace, in the comfort of your own schedule.

Clinical and Non-Clinical Module Overview and Learning Outcomes


  • Clinical modules

Module 1: Perform Medical and Diagnostic Techniques

Display a good understanding of general diagnostic principles, consultation procedures including vaccinations, and therapy for most diseases diagnosed.

Module 2: Provide Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Understand the effects of anaesthesia on physiology, stages of anaesthesia and recovery, use of common anaesthetic agents and pain control in animals.

Module 3: Perform Surgery

Understand various surgical techniques including common daily "routine" surgeries and soft tissue procedures.

Module 4: Undertake Clinical Pathology Testing

Understand techniques required for in house pathology testing, sample collection for external testing and interpretation of test results.

Module 5: Provide Medications and Therapeutic Interventions

Understand drug classes and mechanism of action, interactions and side effects.

  • Non-clinical modules

Module 1: Getting Ready: Self-Reflection and Priority Setting

In this module you will explore your reasons for returning to work, techniques for building confidence, and use simple tools to help you plan your re-entry.

Module 2: Getting Ready: Practical Actions

This module takes a deeper look at the personal preparation required to get ready to resume your career.

Module 3: Finding and Applying for Veterinary Positions

This module focuses on the practical steps for finding and applying for veterinary positions.

Module 4: Settling into Practice Life

This module explores practical tips for managing your time and priorities, setting into a new job and team and negotiating workplace conflict.

The cost to complete the entire Return to Work program, so all 9 modules, is a little over $900.00. If you wish to pick and choose specific modules, a discount will be applied for 2+ modules purchased in a single transaction.

    • Clinical modules - an average of 8 to 10 hours may be required to complete a clinical module, however we recognise everyone learns at a different pace, so spend as much or as little time as you need to become competent with the learning outcomes.
    • Non clinical modules – an average of 2 to 4 hours may be required to complete a non clinical module, including reading, reflection and activities.

Return to Work learning is eligible for unstructured CPD points at 1 point per 2 hours of activity. The Certificate of Achievement awarded upon completion of each module can be downloaded and kept to form part of your evidence of activity. AVA Members participating in Return to Work learning are encouraged to track their hours in My CPD via their My AVA account. For more information about VetEd CPD please refer to the Unstructured points allocation table (UN) on this page.

The modules are online, so they can be done at any time, from anywhere and from any device. So all you need is a device and an internet connection.

For each module you complete, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement and the opportunity to download a PDF version of the module to keep! As part of the program you will also gain access to the Practical Skills Guide.

The module content was curated by a team of veterinary professionals and the modules were developed and published by AVA.

Queries about the Return to Work program can be submitted via Contact on our website here and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

The ability to enrol will become available on AVA’s Return to Work Program webpage when the program is launched week commencing 12th August 2019.

The enrolment process will require you to select the total number of modules you wish to complete and then you’ll select the modules. You will receive a confirmation email following your payment and within approximately 24-48 hours you will receive another email with further instructions and a link the relevant modules.

Complete the self-assessment

View a list of modules and competencies you should consider completing in the clinical Return to Work modules.