Professional Key Skills

The BSAVA is here to support you in all stages of your career. We are now providing FREE online Professional Key Skills CPD exclusively for our qualified vet and vet nurse members. This new online CPD equips members with the key skills required for inclusion on the RCVS Advanced Practitioners list, alongside a relevant Postgraduate certificate (awarded prior to 2017).

The CPD is based around six modules:

  • Thinking and decision-making processes
  • Emergency care
  • Protection of animal and human health
  • Animal welfare and professional conduct
  • Quality and safety of service
  • Advanced professional and personal development

To take part in these Professional Key Skills modules, visit the 'How to enrol' section below.


Course outline

Each of the six modules listed above draws together a range of resources from the BSAVA practice standards pack, articles published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice, Congress MP3s and specific course notes, along with links to other relevant literature and websites.

A written task, which must be uploaded, completes each module, but there are no immediate plans to assess the quality of this work.

Each module is expected to involve about 20 hours' CPD but candidates can progress at their own pace as there is no time limit for the completion of the course.

Upon completion of your study, you can request a certificate of participation for completed modules.

Who can complete the Professional Key Skills modules?

The BSAVA Professional Key Skills modules are available free of charge to qualified vets or vet nurses who are BSAVA members, whether you are looking for CPD to submit as evidence for inclusion on the RCVS Advanced Practitioners list or a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse looking to complete CPD on any of the six topics included.

How to enrol

If you are a qualified vet or vet nurse and a BSAVA member, you can enrol on the Professional Key Skills CPD. All you have to do is email; include your full name, BSAVA membership number and inform us that you would like to take part in the Professional Key Skills online CPD.

You will be assigned a login for the BSAVA Education website, where you will be able to sign in and complete your studies.

Inclusion on the RCVS Advanced Practitioners list

This online CPD in Professional Key Skills should provide the evidence needed to demonstrate the mastery of key skills required for inclusion on the RCVS Advanced Practitioners list, alongside a relevant postgraduate certificate (awarded prior to 2017).

BSAVA has received RCVS acknowledgement that participation in the CPD resource can be used to support applications for Advanced Practitioner status.

Those holding an eligible qualification awarded prior to 2017 that does not explicitly include the professional key skills elements included in the RCVS Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice, will have to undertake relevant CPD or a professional development module, such as is now being offered by BSAVA.

Further information

If you have any queries regarding the programme or wish to request a certificate of participation for any studies already completed, please email

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