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New RCVS Knowledge course to improve medication safety in veterinary practice

RCVS Knowledge in collaboration with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate are launching a new learning course on the safe and management of veterinary medicines

Veterinary charity RCVS Knowledge is pleased to launch a new course, “Managing Veterinary Medicines: Staying legal and promoting safety”.

The veterinary medicines safety course is a free online course for veterinary teams to improve their medication safety in practice.

With six hours of free CPD, “Managing Veterinary Medicines” provides knowledge on safe and responsible use of veterinary medicines and medicine regulations.

The medicines safety course has been produced in collaboration between RCVS Knowledge and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), and includes a broad range of webinars, podcasts and articles.

Executive Director at RCVS Knowledge, Chris Gush, said: “In England alone, more than 1,700 people die yearly because of medication errors.

“While we don’t know the true figures in veterinary medicine, we do know that 30 percent of errors reported to the VDS’s VetSafe system are due to medication errors.

“That’s why we think it’s vital to have good robust systems in place in the practice dispensary and to use QI tools like guidelines, protocols, and checklists.”

CEO of the VMD, Abi Seager, said, “Managing Veterinary Medicines will help teams comply with legislation as well as keep patients, team members and clients safe when prescribing and dispensing medicine.”

Users of the medicines safety course can expect to learn how to put systems in place that will reduce errors, improve patient outcomes and improve practice systems.

The learning will also prepare practices for a VMD inspection or an RCVS Practice Standards Scheme assessment.

Visit the RCVS Knoweldge website to improve your knowledge of managing veterinary medicines.

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