BVA CPD Committee

The BVA CPD Committee (CPDC) is comprised of 9 veterinary surgeons who provide a comprehensive insight into the discipline of CPD; with many regularly involved in the delivery of CPD to a wide range of audiences.  

We will shortly be recruiting 2 new members to join BVA's CPD Committee.

The group is responsible for:

  • developing our national multi-species clinical and non-clinical CPD programme annually, including topics, speakers and venues
  • developing our CPD programme at the London Vet Show annually, in partnership with CPD partners as appropriate
  • reviewing BVA member and non-member research and feedback relevant to CPD
  • advising the Board on CPD-related developments

BVA In Practice CPD policy and procedures (PDF 1.75 MB)

Current CPDC Members

James Russell, Chairman

James is a director of McMurtry and Harding veterinary practice. James has continued to pursue his keen interest in farm animal medicine, gaining a post graduate diploma in production animal and livestock medicine in 2008. He recognises the need to continue to evolve farm animal practice to recognise the benefits of proactive health management as well as disease control and will often be found looking a farms risk profiles late into the evening! He has a particular interest in bovine TB and Johnes disease, conditions he would like to see controlled at some point before he retires.

Alan Murphy

Alan is a member of the APHA cattle expert group with strong links to various universities and research bodies, both national and international. He has delivered CPD to organisations such as BCVA, FSA and NFU. Alan has also produced and delivered a variety of presentations and lectures to undergraduates at Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln and Surrey universities.

Ben Mayes

Ben is a Director at Mayes & Scrine Equine Veterinary Practice, a trustee of the research charity the Animal Welfare Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board for the new University of Surrey Veterinary School and is a vice-president of the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations (FEEVA).

David Williams

David qualified in 1988 worked at the Animal Health Trust and Royal Veterinary College gaining his CertVOphthal and a PhD, then returned to Cambridge, studied for his FRCVS in fish ophthalmology, a VetMD on age-related cataracts and now teaches ophthalmology there. He is a diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine and is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Education focusing on the teaching of veterinary ethics. 

Justine Shotton

Justine has nine years experience in practice, starting out in mixed practice working with a variety of domestic species, and now, following a Masters degree at the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London, runs the Veterinary Department at Marwell Zoo. She is responsible for practice management and staff training and has links with various universities and institutions working in animal health and zoological medicine. She lectures on exotic animal medicine to veterinary students at the University of Surrey and also runs student research projects and veterinary electives for these students. 

Kathryn Wale

Kathryn is a recent graduate and spent her first year in mixed equine and small animal practice before moving into 100% small animal in 2013, taking her current position at an RCVS accredited small animal hospital in 2015. She is studying for further qualifications in surgery and has a particular interest in oncology, and is also involved in clinical audit and responsible use of antibiotics and cytotoxic pharmaceuticals.

Mandy Nevel

Mandy is a Senior Lecturer at the RVC teaching and training both undergraduate and post-graduate students at the RVC and other Universities.  She is on the Pig Veterinary Society CPD sub-group and has helped develop the Cert AVP modules for pigs.  She has a PG Certificate in Veterinary Education and has an interest in on-line and digital technology as tools for teaching. 

Rachel Sant

Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in small animal medicine. She spent 10 years in general practice and the next 10 in specialist practice, where she saw both medicine and dermatology referrals. She was also responsible for nurse management and training as well as business input into recruitment and marketing. 

Join the BVA CPD Committee

We will shortly be recruiting 2 new members (PDF 284 KB) to join BVA’s CPD Committee (applications are open from 23 July to 20 August).

  • A farm animal expert
  • A small animal expert

The appointments will be for one year, starting in September 2018, with the potential to extend up to 3 years*.

If you become a member of the committee, you will be asked to attend a maximum of 7 planning meetings in London each year. At these meetings you will help put together our national CPD programme for 2018 by suggesting topics, speakers and venues for clinical and non-clinical courses. You will also help plan 2 days of farm, equine and career development CPD for the London Vet Show.

In return for your time, each year you will receive:

  • Free BVA membership
  • A free place on 3 BVA CPD courses
  • Free entry to the London Vet Show
  • Travel expenses for each BVA CPD meeting you attend

Who we are looking for

We are looking for committed individuals with the following skills:

  • A thorough understanding of the veterinary CPD market, including online CPD
  • Knowledge of, and ideally contacts with, high-quality veterinary CPD speakers
  • Expertise in companion and exotic animals, farm/mixed and equine
  • A good knowledge of practice management/business development
  • Experience in developing CPD programmes/events (desirable but not essential)

As a member of the CPD Group you’ll be expected to:

  • Attend all CPD planning meetings where possible
  • Read, and be prepared to comment on, the papers circulated in advance of meetings
  • Put yourself forward for tasks and actions resulting from meetings
  • Communicate with other group members via email in between meetings as required
  • Be a current BVA member
  • Advise on the marketing titles of CPD courses

How to apply

Applications are open from 23 July to 20 August

Applicants must declare any conflicts of interest in their application, for example, if they are currently developing a CPD programme or courses for another CPD provider.

You must be available to attend our first CPD Committee meeting on 29 November.

*Please be aware that you or BVA may cancel your membership of the group with two months written notice.