The RCVS has launched 1CPDThe RCVS has launched 1CPD, a new learning and development platform which replaces the Professional Development Record (PDR) as a way for veterinary nurses to plan, record and reflect on continuing professional development (CPD).

The College says that 1CPD has been designed to facilitate the new outcomes-focused CPD model which was introduced in 2020 and becomes mandatory from 2022.

An important part of this new model is reflection, so 1CPD encourages veterinary nurses to reflect on the quality, relevance and impact of their CPD activities.

Dr Linda Prescott-Clements, RCVS Director of Education said: "Although the outcomes-focused element of these changes won’t become mandatory until January 2022, we recommend that you incorporate reflection in your cycle of planning, doing and recording CPD as soon as possible, and our new 1CPD app makes this much easier to do than before.

"Research has found that reflection enhances the quality, impact and relevance of CPD as professionals consider what they have learned, how they will apply their learning and how it will improve their practice. To support this CPD model, which research has shown has a positive impact on both professionalism and patient outcomes, the 1CPD platform facilitates reflection by allowing you to record your reflective notes on your recorded CPD activities, through a variety of means including text, audio or uploading a document."

The old PDR was taken offline last Friday and all of the data saved in the PDR has been transferred to 1CPD.

The 1CPD app is now available for both Apple and Android devices, available on and off line, and through a new dedicated website, all of which is now accessible using the same credentials used to access My Account. 

Richard Burley, RCVS Chief Technology Officer, said: "1CPD provides a range of enhancements to RCVS’ previous offerings in this space and represents an important step forward in the College’s digital approach. Built on the latest best-practice technologies, it improves on every aspect of our previous approach to CPD support, delivering the first stage of a new, integrated, career-long CPD support capability for members."

The launch of 1CPD also coincides with a change to the way that the College assesses CPD compliance, moving to an annual CPD requirement of 35 hours a year for veterinary surgeons and 15 hours a year for veterinary nurses.

More information on the CPD changes, along with accompanying resources, can be found on the RCVS website:

So that practices can make sure everyone in their team is aware of the changes, the RCVS has also produced a poster which can be downloaded at:

For more information, contact the Education team on 0203 795 5595. For technical advice about 1CPD, email the RCVS at

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