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Professional Development Phase (PDP) - a guide for employers

A new graduate and a full member of the RCVS is legally qualified to practise as a veterinary surgeon. However, consideration needs to be given to the additional support you will need to provide, and the experience they will need to build up, as a new recruit to the profession.

Your new graduate will need support and mentoring; the RCVS suggests that Professional Development Phase (PDP) works best if the new graduate is able to discuss their performance and development with a senior colleague. If the new graduate feels supported and is able to ask for advice and guidance when needed, and when any problems occur, it's likely they will become a valuable member of your team. 

Published: 2013 
Edition: 2 
Publisher: BVA 
Number of pages: 4 
Format: PDF

This short guide to PDP for employers includes:

  • Measuring competence
  • Self-evaluation system – RCVS Professional Development Record
  • How to support your new graduate
  • What PDP could do for you


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Professional Development Phase (PDP) - a guide for employers