Replacement of animals in CPD

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Dear Royal Veterinary College,
I am unable to find any policy by yourselves or guidance on the use of full replacement models in the Continuing Professional Development of personnel in Vet practices. For example you currently allow the use of body parts such as the heads of ex research dogs to be used and there is a full replacement for this which is widely available.
We see you are a supporter of the 3R's but cannot see any guidance on Replacement at all.
Please advise and explain.
I would welcome any public links to those practices where the use of non animal methods is evident.

Yours faithfully,

Alice Sav

FOI, Royal Veterinary College

Dear Alice Sav

Thank you for your request for information dated 08/02/2024 (reference 1526). Your request is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days.
You can find out more about Freedom of information at The RVC, and view our Publication Scheme here. For further information about FOI please visit the Information Commissioner’s office here.

Yours sincerely

FOI Officer

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FOI, Royal Veterinary College

Dear Alice Sav,

Having conducted a search of the RVC’s records, we can confirm that it
does hold information relevant to your request. Please find our response
below in red.

The RVC do not currently have a CPD policy on the use of replacement
modules. However, we use a framework that requires us to use replacement
models where it is feasible to provide a genuine learning experience for
veterinarians and nurses to enhance their skills for the benefit of the
patients under their care.

We do so, for example, by using plastic bones in orthopaedic courses and a
virtual surgical simulator at The Royal Free for our laparoscopy course.
Our dental specialist lecturers are not aware of any replacement models
that can be used for teaching dentistry skills to veterinarians.

The RVC is satisfied that in making this response, it has complied with
the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. If, for any reason,
you are not satisfied with this response, you should request an internal
review by writing within 40 working days of receiving this response to The
Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to the Council, Royal Veterinary
College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, AL9 7TA ( Email: [email
address] ), who will ensure that this is dealt with accordingly. There is
no charge for such a request. Should you still be dissatisfied with the
outcome, you have the right to make a complaint via the Information
Commissioner, pursuant to Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act,
via The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF [Tel: 0303 123 1113].

Yours sincerely,

FOI Officer

The Royal Veterinary College

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Dear FOI,
Unfortunately in your reply to me, you did not provide the information you said was highlighted in red. Please could you check your response to me an update it with the information highlighted in red.

Yours sincerely,

Alice Sav

FOI, Royal Veterinary College

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Dear Alice,

Please find the information in the attached Word document.

Kind regards

FOI Officer

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