The veterinary profession has time and again successfully adapted to new
challenges and developments, with considerable evolution of the skills needed.
Different contexts, production systems and societal requirements continue
to shape the profession, resulting in an increasing demand for specialisation,
interdisciplinary collaboration along value chains, and preparedness for the
omnipresent risk of emerging diseases.
To keep up with changes, new insights, advances in research and novel ways
to address challenges, continuing professional development (CPD) and the
adaptation and updating of the veterinary curriculum have been essential to
maintain and enhance the quality and performance of Veterinary Services.
This paper reviews actors involved in the provision of Veterinary Services and
discusses how vital CPD is in addressing current and future challenges, by
focusing on veterinarians and allied veterinary professionals. The authors
examine how providers of CPD contribute to the system and how the internal and
external factors of a cohort or individual affect the quality and impact of capacity
development. The paper further examines the landscape of veterinary CPD in
terms of organisational structures, pedagogical approaches, the transition from
input- to outcome-based learning, modern delivery tools, and the demands on the
different actors involved in the delivery of animal health services.
The authors conclude that CPD is essential if the quality of Veterinary Services is to
keep pace with the ever-increasing and evolving demands of the 21st century. A CPD
programme should therefore be constructed in a way that is tailored to the needs of
veterinary professionals and to the requirements of their workplace, whether they work
with animal keepers, livestock value chains, national governments or international
regulatory bodies. An optimised and successful veterinary sector requires an evidence-based CPD programme that keeps those professionals who are involved in the delivery
of animal health services both competent and relevant in a changing world.
Wieland, B., Daborn, C., Debnath, N. and Silva-Fletcher, A. 2021. Continuing professional development for veterinarians in a changing world. Scientific and Technical Review 40(2): 555–566.