Continuing professional development (CPD) providers can apply to have their CPD events assessed by the AVA, and if successful, their activities will be recognised for VetEd points and listed on the comprehensive list of AVA CPD events.
The VetEd approval system ensures approved external CPD events abide by AVA guidelines in terms of ethics, promotion and conflict of interest.
VetEd approval is annual and is on a calendar-year basis; applications for renewal should also be submitted online and marked 'repeat' in the name of activity or program field in the submission form.
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There is no charge for AVA members holding a non-commercial event in their own practice for staff only.
VetEd approval includes:
- evaluation and approval of your CPD program by the AVA National Education Team
- permission to use the AVA VetEd logo on your advertising materials and to promote how many VetEd points AVA members can earn by attending your event
- inclusion on the online AVA learning and events page*
- submitted points will be directly added to AVA members' CPD statements
- ongoing recognition as a CPD provider on AVA members' CPD statements
- points from VetEd-approved events that are added to AVA members' CPD statements are accepted by veterinary practitioners boards without further certification.
*Any marketing material submitted for inclusion on the AVA VetEd calendar is subject to approval prior to publishing. AVA reserves the right to refuse material that is considered inappropriate or inconsistent with the original application approval.
Processing time is approximately 4-6 weeks from the date of receipt of the application. Programs cannot be reviewed or approved retrospectively and therefore it is recommended that providers apply at least 8-12 weeks in advance to ensure the review process can be completed and any potential issues addressed before the program starts.
Once approved, the event will be listed on the AVA online learning and events page.
VetEd approval is annual and is on a calendar-year basis; applications for renewal should also be submitted online and marked 'repeat' in the name of activity or program field.
VetEd-approved activities or events can be repeated at different venues and/or on different dates, within the one-year approval period from the original approval date, provided the topic, presenter(s) and method of delivery remain the same.
To ensure that certain minimum standards are met, the AVA has guidelines for CPD providers who want their educational activities recognised for AVA VetEd points.
All educational activities which are relevant to the scope of the veterinary profession and help to maintain and develop knowledge, technical skills or professional performance standards will be considered for review.
VetEd points are not awarded for commercially sponsored events that are intended for the purpose of promoting a specific drug, product or service, or are primarily promotional in nature (e.g. product launches).
Applications for events which clash with the time of similar AVA events or are in competition with similar AVA events will not be approved.
The provider shall disclose any relationships there may exist with the speaker(s) that may cause potential conflicts of interest.
Each application must include:
- a detailed program agenda outlining topic, speaker/presenter name and duration of each session (draft promotional materials e.g. event flyers, can be attached to your application if these include a detailed agenda)
- clearly identified any hands-on practical sessions
- for distance education and self-study programs, the program outline, a description of learning materials and a brief explanation of how the study time has been determined
- clearly identified program content that is intended for the purpose of promoting a specific drug, product or service. Time devoted to promotional content is not eligible for VetEd points.
The Education team may request actual CPD materials or content (e.g. proceedings or presentation slides) when reviewing applications for approval. These materials are for the reviewing committee use only and will not be disclosed to third parties.
Presenters for clinical topics should have a degree in veterinary science, as well as have advanced expertise in the topic being addressed. Expertise may be based on further education/training, further qualifications, clinical experience or specialist knowledge of the subject.
Presenters for non-clinical and non-scientific topics (e.g. practice management) should be presented by individuals who can provide evidence of sufficient education and special knowledge in the topic being addressed.
For distance or online CPD, a brief explanation of how the attendance is going to be monitored and how participants are going to be assessed should be provided.
An attendance list template will be provided by AVA upon VetEd approval. The Provider is responsible for filling in the template correctly and submitting it via email to the VetEd team (firstname.lastname@example.org) within 2 weeks of completion of the program or as otherwise agreed with the AVA. For online programs that are continuously available, a monthly attendance report may be suitable and this will be discussed with the provider at the time of approval.
All CPD providers must provide a Certificate of Attendance/Achievement to all registrants, including:
- name of participant
- name, method of delivery and date of CPD program
- main speaker / presenter(s) name(s)
- provider name
- AVA VetEd logo and number of VetEd points allocated.
CPD activities can be either structured or unstructured, and grouped into face-to-face or written/distance learning. Structured activities tend to be organised by a CPD provider, with a defined purpose and duration, e.g. conferences, courses or workshops.
Unstructured activities are less formally defined, e.g. reading a journal or mentoring. AVA members need to add these points to their own VetEd record.
For more examples of CPD activities by category, please see the below tables.
|Formal presentation to peers||4:1||Copy of paper / Marketing material (first presentation only)|
|Talks to community/schools (First presentation)||2:1||Signature of organiser or copy of paper|
Structured hands-on practical
|Workshops and wetlabs||2:1||Certificate|
Structured written/distance learning
|Accreditation scheme by examination||4:1||Evidence of accreditation/accreditation certificate|
|APAV Courses||1 point per unit/chapter||Certificate/Letter of results|
|Assessed audio visual or computer based courses||1:1||Certificate/Letter of results|
|Correspondence courses||1:1||Certificate/Letter of results|
|Quizzes based on presentations or journal papers||1 point per quiz per presentation or paper||Completed quiz and results|
|Written assessment tests||1:1||Certificate/Letter of results|
|Clinical review project||Up to 10||Evidence of attendance and documentation of relevance to CPD|
|Clinical rounds||1:2||Evidence of attendance and documentation of relevance to CPD|
|Mentoring undergraduate students||1 per day||Evidence of attendance and documentation of relevance to CPD|
|Mentoring or being mentored Eg: (post-graduate/specialist/college candidates)||1:1||Evidence of attendance and documentation of relevance to CPD|
|Representative in professional organisation (eg. committees, AVA Policy Advisory Council)||1:2||Evidence of attendance and documentation of relevance to CPD|
|Small group learning||1:2||Evidence of attendance and documentation of relevance to CPD|
Unstructured written/distance learning
|Journal publication (peer reviewed)||1:1||Copy of first page of paper|
|Journal publication (Non peer reviewed)||1:1||Copy of first page of paper|
|Refereeing peer reviewed journal||1:1||Copy of letter from editor|
Unstructured points allocation table (UN)
|Un-assessed AV/audio/computer based including courses||1:2||Evidence of activity|
|Private reading (journals, textbooks)||1:2||Name/journal/author/pages|
|Mentoring undergraduate students||1 per day||Signature of student|
|Mentoring (Postgraduate/specialist/college candidates)||1:1||Signature of student|
|Being mentored (postgraduate/specialist mentor/college candidates)||1:1||Signature of student|
|Representative in professional organisation (e.g. Committees, AVA Policy Council)||1:2 with a cap of 8 points per triennium||Evidence of attendance|
|Participation in moderated e-list (e.g. ACVSc, ‘Countdown Downunder’)||1:1||Submission of transcript|