Your CVE activities should be undertaken in a planned manner, and contribute to your ability to provide veterinary services in your area of practice. While it is likely that they will include a variety of activities, and a variety of subjects, the Council expects you to reflect on how your CVE completed in the previous year contributed to your professional development, and how, in outline, you plan to structure your CVE for the coming year. Your future plans do not need to be outlined in any detail – you may not know yet which seminars, clinical society events or conferences you will attend. However, it is expected that you will think about what areas of your practice you would like to improve, what possibilities are open to you in that regard, and how you might build on last year’s achievements. It is appreciated that specific activities undertaken may not have been forseen in your plan. There is no prescribed length for either your self-reflection or your CVE plan. However, here are some questions which you might like to consider:
What independent study did I complete that I found most valuable in terms of my practice? Will this guide me in completing independent study during the next year?
Did attendance /contribution to my local clinical society feature in my CVE? Did this benefit my practice directly and/or assist my colleagues in terms of my contribution to discussions?
Did I attend any formal seminars or conferences, and how did these rate in terms of contribution to my practice, value for money and networking as compared with other forms of CVE?
What contribution do I feel that supervising students on EMS made (if applicable) to my practice?
Did I undertake any “non’-veterinary” educational activities (finance, employment law, leadership etc.) during the year which I found valuable and which I would recommend to colleagues?
Building on my CVE activities last year, what are the specific areas I would like to focus on this year?
Do I have any specific goals – introducing a new procedure, moving partially or totally to a new area of practice, undertaking a formal qualification?
What specific activities, seminars, conferences etc. did I find particularly useful last year and could beneficially undertake again this year?
Are there any freely-available or low-cost online or other CVE I could beneficially undertake this year?
What if my CVE plans for the year change? This should be reflected in the reflective self-evaluation statement at the end of the CVE year. It should be a helpful guide, to planning CVE which you would like to undertake in order to build, on your professional competence, rather than be undertaken piecemeal, but is not expected to be prescriptive.