Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP)
This flexible postgraduate veterinary qualification is designed so that you can choose the areas of study that are of most interest or relevance to you. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) have accredited the University of Liverpool to provide and assess a range of modules, which can be accumulated towards the RCVS CertAVP. All modules are also approved by the University, and can be put towards a postgraduate award in Veterinary Professional Studies
You may begin your CertAVP with one year’s experience as a practising vet but to complete your certificate you must have been practising for at least three years.
For completion of many of the modules you will be expected to submit case reports or case portfolios to demonstrate your clinical experience. In some instances (i.e. for some Equine modules) your case portfolio may require you to have performed certain procedures or techniques under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon with a suitable postgraduate qualification.
Case reports should refer to cases for which you were the primary clinician, therefore cases seen when you were an undergraduate student or some internships where the clinical decision making was not your own are not suitable for selection. It is important that you are aware of the requirements of each module before enrolment to ensure that you have sufficient clinical experience to complete these assessments.
In order to be awarded the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP), you must successfully complete the following modules:
- 1x A-Module
- 1x B-Module
- 4x C-Modules
You can replace a C-Module with an additional B-Module if you prefer
You can either work towards a general CertAVP qualification, which allows you the flexibility to choose from a broad range of C-modules, or you can opt for a named qualification – a ‘designated certificate’ - in a particular subject area.
We strongly recommend that candidates studying at the University of Liverpool complete A & B modules in order, prior to studying their four additional C-modules. This is a requirement for completion of a Veterinary Professional Studies degree award.
In addition to the clinical CertAVP modules available, the university’s 'Veterinary Business Management' core modules have also been approved by the RCVS, and can be counted as C-modules towards the CertAVP.
Method of Teaching
If you choose to study your CertAVP modules at the University of Liverpool, you will be welcomed into a supportive teaching environment, designed to help you to get the most from your student experience.
We are unique in delivering modules as part of a fully-taught, structured e-learning programme and students are supported by veterinarians who are specialists in their subject area. You will not work in isolation but as part of a teaching group, with regular contact with your fellow students and academics online via evening journal clubs and discussion boards.
This virtual learning environment also includes full access to the University of Liverpool's extensive online library.
As an optional extra, you will also have the opportunity to enrol on modules as a 'full course participant' where, in addition to the e-learning programme, you will attend an associated practical workshop at the Leahurst campus.
Modules are provided over three semesters - January, May and August – and each module consists of 16-weeks of study. A & B modules run every semester.
It is possible to complete all 6 modules within a 2-year time period however, the RCVS grants 10 years in which to complete all modules.
Assessment is on-going and throughout each module there are a number of assignments with set submission dates and feedback provided by module tutors. Assignments take various forms, including written reports, essays, short answer questions and assessed discussion boards. Some modules also require the completion of a case log and for those candidates taking the equine dentistry modules there is one compulsory practical element.
- Small Animal Assessment Methods
- Equine Assessment Methods
- Production Animal Assessment Methods
- Veterinary Business Management Assessment Methods
Candidates who wish to work towards a 'designated certificate' must also successfully complete a Synoptic Examination following completion of all six modules.
Modules are priced individually, and you can book and pay for one module at a time. There is no additional cost for assessment throughout each module however, there is an additional fee for Synoptic Examinations.
Current fees are listed on booking forms.
How to Enrol
The CertAVP programme is open to Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS), or to veterinary professionals who hold a registerable qualification.
Before starting to work towards individual modules you must first enrol for the CertAVP with the RCVS, in order for your modules to be counted towards the Certificate qualification. You should also inform the RCVS of your intention to study your CertAVP modules at the University of Liverpool. Further information on enrolling with the RCVS can be found on the RCVS' website.
If you wish to enrol onto a module with the University of Liverpool, please complete the appropriate booking form. If you are new to studying CertAVP modules at the University, you will also be required to complete a New Student Registration Form.