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RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Online Learning), PgProfDev

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Online Learning) from The University of Edinburgh is a flexible, modular approach to achieving veterinary postgraduate qualifications.


Credits are awarded by RCVS and not the University of Edinburgh, which means the programme is not eligible for a University of Edinburgh award.

You can design your own postgraduate certificate by choosing a combination of 10 credit elements that reflects your area of interest and are directly relevant to your work. As part of this consistent, flexible framework, you can choose modules from a number of accredited institutions in the UK.

You are also encouraged to support your study by undertaking appropriate continuing professional development (CPD) and working closely with a mentor or senior colleague with experience in the subject area and/or personal experience of undertaking veterinary postgraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

Holders of the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Online Learning) from The University of Edinburgh will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for professional veterinary work. Candidates may elect to progress to a European Diploma following completion of the certificate

Programme Structure

The programme is structured to allow sequential progression through the A module (foundation skills), B module (core skills) and C modules (advanced skills). While it is recommended that the Certificate is taken in this way, it is also possible to take the modules in any order.

The Certificate can be taken over 10 years, with each module taking between 1-2 years. It is possible to complete the full programme (60 credit equivalent) in one year, though this will depend on the assessment timetable for each module.

For most candidates the usual route of study is:

  • A-FAVP, 10 credits = one year of study
  • B module, 10 credits = one year of study
  • C module (x4), 10 credits each = two years of study per module allowing time to gather cases etc
  • Synoptic assessment to achieve a designated certificate as required

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      2 - 10 years part-time intermittent study

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

You must:

  • be a member of RCVS, or hold a registrable degree
  • have at least 1 year of postgraduate experience working as a veterinary surgeon
  • be enrolled with RCVS if intending to take the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (enrolment will be valid for 10 years)

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    595 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 595 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    595 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 595 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Candidates will be required to pay an additional examination registration fee for the oral synoptic examination of £750.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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