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New Graduates
PDP: a practice perspective
  1. Jill Hubbard

    Jill Hubbard qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1975. She bought a practice with her husband Neil in 1978 and moved to a purpose-built site in 1997. They are now an eight-vet practice in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, and are in the process of rationalising their clinical focus to concentrate entirely on small animals.


ALL new veterinary graduates in the UK are now required to keep a formal record of their progress towards achieving the clinical skills and procedures expected of someone who has worked in practice for about a year (so-called Year 1 competencies). This is the basis of the RCVS's professional development phase, or PDP, as discussed in a recent In Practice article (March 2007, volume 29, pp 166-169). For the benefit of those practices dipping their toe in the water for the first time, Jill Hubbard reflects on her experiences of trialling the PDP scheme in her practice.

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