RCVS Knowledge has launched 'Managing Veterinary Medicines: Staying legal and promoting safety', a free online course for veterinary teams to improve their medication safety in practice.

'Managing Veterinary Medicines' teaches safe and responsible use of veterinary medicines and medicine regulations. 

RCVS Knowledge says it will also show you how to put systems in place that will reduce errors, improve patient outcomes and improve practice systems.

It's worth six hours of CPD.

The course has been produced in collaboration between RCVS Knowledge and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), and includes a 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% 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.”

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


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