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What is a Veterinary Certificate and what is Advanced Practitioner Status?

Certificates are the only post graduate qualifications available to vets in general practice. They require a minimum of two years of study but usually take 3-4 years to complete, and must be completed whilst working in practice (as hand-on experience is a requirement), necessitating a huge amount of study and work in free time. They reflect a dedication to ongoing learning and advancement of understanding and an additional level of competence and knowledge, as well as an advanced skill set within a specific field.

Vets with certain certificates can apply to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Advanced Practitioner Status, which not only demonstrates knowledge and experience in a particular area of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree, but also acknowledges that they continue to be up to date in their field over and above minimum requirements for continuing professional development (CPD).