Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Jade Douglas awarded Advanced Practitioner status (AP)
After a much-anticipated wait, we are absolutely thrilled that Jade has been awarded ‘Advanced Practitioner’ (AP) status in Veterinary Ophthalmology by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
Jade has had an interest in ophthalmology for many years and is glad to finally have this interest recognised by the RCVS.
The RCVS say...
The purpose of the list of Advanced Practitioners is to provide a clear indication to the profession and the public of those veterinary surgeons who have been accredited at postgraduate certificate level (Masters level 7) by the RCVS, by having demonstrated knowledge and experience in a particular area of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree.
Inclusion on the list demonstrates that the individual holds an appropriate qualification and that they have stayed up to date in their field of practice since achieving their certificate-level qualification.
Members of the public will be able to search ‘Find a Vet’ for Advanced Practitioners and your name will appear in the List of RCVS Advanced Practitioners in the RCVS Register of Members and on the RCVS website.
Jade enjoys seeing eye cases and is happy to accept referrals from other veterinary practices. While most of her case load is treated medically, Jade enjoys performing eyelid and corneal surgery.
For surgery involving the inside of the eye, such as cataract surgery, she can discuss the conditions, available treatment options and where appropriate organise referrals.
Advanced Practitioner status
The AP status is a middle tier of specialism. ‘Specialist’ status is the next tier of accreditation available. However, Jade doesn’t wish to specialise further in ophthalmology as, to do so, she would lose the variety that general practice brings and the relationship with clients and their pets that evolves over time - something she very much enjoys.
As part of maintaining the AP status, Jade will need to undertake at least 50 hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) every year, of which at least half needs to be in the field of ophthalmology. This ensures that she is up-to-date with the latest advances.
As an aside, all vets undertake a minimum of 35 hours CPD per year, ensuring that we are all providing the most current treatment options for our patients.
If you would like to speak to Jade more about opthalmology, please contact the surgery.
Congratulations Jade, we are all really proud of you.
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