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Conference aims to break down barriers to progression in the veterinary and animal welfare sector

October 2007
VetNet Lifelong Learning Network (LLN) is organising its first conference to investigate some of the issues that act as barriers to progression in the veterinary and animal welfare sector for vocational learners. The conference will be taking place on Friday 9 November 2007 at London Zoo’s Prince Albert Suite.

“Our first conference is intended to get people engaged with what VetNet LLN is trying to do, and start talking about the issues that need tackling. VetNet LLN is looking to develop new education pathways to get more people who are already working with animals or studying at further education level into higher education,” said Sarah Field, VetNet LLN National Co-ordinator. “The conference will be an opportunity for all the people who can help to create these pathways to get together and discuss some of the issues and barriers to success – which will help immensely in the long term.”

The conference will appeal to curriculum managers in higher and further education institutes, careers advisors, lecturers in animal and veterinary-related subjects, academic development staff, representatives of professional bodies and lifelong learning network staff. Attendees on the day will be able to take part in a number of workshop discussions covering a range of subjects including:

  • knowledge skills and attributes required for veterinary medicine;
  • the issues and challenges surrounding progression agreements;
  • the role of foundation degrees in providing a bridge to professions;
  • the role of e-media in providing advice, guidance and information;
  • preparing vocational students for university;
  • developing a continued professional development framework for the animal sector;
  • recognizing and evaluating work-based learning for entry into higher education;
  • the impact on teaching and learning of a vocational learner intake

VetNet LLN is a collaborative widening participation initiative that has been spearheaded by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). VetNet LLN is working on bringing together universities, land-based colleges and other veterinary and education organisations to encourage further education students and animal welfare practitioners into studying veterinary-related subjects at higher education level by creating progression packages with courses and professional development plans.

To book a place at the conference, please ring the VetNet LLN National Office on 01908 363446 or book online at www.vetnetlln.ac.uk. Places are free of charge but must be reserved by 7th November 2007.

Notes for editors

  • VetNet LLN is the only lifelong learning network dedicated to veterinary and animal related sciences in the UK, and one of only two nationwide lifelong learning networks. VetNet LLN currently encompasses the veterinary schools at Bristol, Liverpool and Cambridge as well as the Royal Veterinary College, a number of Higher Education Institutions including the University of Chester, Nottingham Trent University, Newcastle University and Writtle College and a range of Further Education partners with a significant interest in animal related areas. The network is also supported by the involvement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the British Veterinary Nursing Association and LANTRA, the Sector Skills Council for the land based sector. For more information visit www.vetnetlln.ac.uk
  • The Royal Veterinary College is the UK's first and largest veterinary school and a constituent College of the University of London. The College is one of the leading veterinary research centres in Europe and received 5 out of 5 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. It also provides support for veterinary and related professions through its three referral hospitals, diagnostic services and continuing professional development courses.

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