Veterinary CPD specialist Improve International has appointed Dr Charlotte French MA VetMB BSc (ARCS) PGCVetEd FHEA MRCVS as Head of Curriculum and Quality. In this role, she will be responsible for the development of new training programmes, in addition to assuring the quality of the entire delegate experience for all of Improve’s modular training programmes and short courses.
Dr French has spent more than 25 years working in both mixed and small animal practice and in shelter medicine. For the last six years, she has gained experience in veterinary education, training veterinary nurses and developing curricula at diploma and degree levels. She has also worked with awarding bodies. In 2017 she completed a postgraduate certificate in Veterinary Education from the RVC and was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Commenting on her new role, she said: “I am a passionate advocate of lifelong learning and enjoy applying the experience I have gained in practice to assist veterinary professionals to achieve their potential. I have joined Improve at an exciting time and am looking forward to the challenges of delivering postgraduate qualifications in the ever-changing field of veterinary education.”
She continued: “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the development of distance learning courses is unleashing levels of creativity and accessibility not previously seen within the profession. These exciting programmes will offer delegates access to high quality distance learning created by field specialists and help them to achieve postgraduate qualifications any time, any place, anywhere.”
She added: “We are acutely aware of the effect of these difficult times on veterinary students in particular and, with this in mind, we are conducting some research to explore how we might be able to support them with extracurricular CPD. We are also considering establishing a Student Ambassador scheme.”
Improve International would be grateful if vet students would take a few minutes to help with its research by completing a survey here: https://form.jotform.com/lotfrench/improve-international-undergraduate.* One lucky respondent, drawn at random, will win a £100 Amazon voucher. The closing date for completion is 14.10.20.
One of the world’s leading veterinary training companies, Improve International was founded by a team of UK vets and has since trained more than 20,000 veterinary professionals in 20 countries around the world. In the delivery of its programmes, it works closely with its assessment partner, the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), and with Harper Adams University, which provides the higher education body quality assurance.
Based in Swindon, with an additional facility in Sheffield, Improve International provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussions and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.
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