NHS Leadership Academy & Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons program

Edward Jenner Leadership for Veterinary Professionals

Build strong leadership skills with this program of courses for veterinary professionals, created with the RCVS.

  • Overview 2 courses + 1 assessment
  • Duration 14 weeks
  • Learn Free
  • Credential $48 + £39 More info
  • Program Professional credential

Develop your confidence and competence in your leadership as a veterinary professional

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds All veterinary professionals are leaders whether we realize it or not and we all face leadership challenges on a daily basis. For each and every one of us learning and practicing leadership skills enables us to thrive in the uncertain and complex environment of everyday life in practice and to take control of our own futures. For the professions as a whole, the development of leadership skills at all stages will help us to achieve the Vet Futures and the VM Futures vision for 2030. The development of everyday leadership skills is also an important part of every veterinary professional’s CPD so to encourage and support this the RCVS is launching the Edward Jenner Veterinary Leadership Program.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds Designed in conjunction with the NHS Leadership Academy which has already seen over 55,000 people engage with the program. This new version builds on shared challenges from the health care professions and develops them for the veterinary world. The free to access online programme is split into three courses which you can work through at your own pace. In the first course, over two to four weeks, you will learn about the concept of leadership and its importance in a battery setting. Along with the art of good leadership and decision making.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds Over four to six weeks - The second course will help you understand more about yourself and how to be a more confident and effective leader as well as how to develop an inclusive leadership culture in the workplace. Finally, in the third course, we will ask you to take about four weeks to reflect on your learning and tell us how you’re applying it in your professional life. Accompanying the course is an audio drama featuring veterinary professionals living in the fictional county of Glenvern. You’ll hear their stories unfold and learn from and reflect on the issues and challenges they encounter in their day to day lives. Leadership begins with you.

Skip to 2 minutes and 6 seconds So register now on FutureLearn to get started on the Edward Jenner Veterinary Leadership program.

Working in the veterinary sector requires leadership skills. Veterinary professionals who are good leaders are better equipped to care for colleagues, clients and patients. This program, created with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), is designed help veterinary professionals to develop these essential leadership skills.

Through the program you will explore key concepts such as the importance of leadership in the veterinary setting and the art of good leadership and decision-making. You will learn how to be confident, effective and inclusive leader.

Courses and assessment

2 courses and 1 final assessment

How does our pricing work?

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$48 USD - Course Upgrades
£39 GBP - Final Assessment

Can I learn for free?

Programs are made up of short courses, most of which you can join for free.

However, if you want to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade each individual course or buy Unlimited to gain a Certificate of Achievement for all the courses in the program.

How do course upgrades work?

If you want to spend more time on course material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get ongoing access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You will also be given access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable and printed Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

How does Unlimited work?

If you have Unlimited, you will get access to all of the short courses in this program, plus thousands of other short courses and tests.

You have the ability to learn at your own pace throughout your subscription time and gain digital Certificates of Achievement on all your courses.

If you gain a certificate on a course, you will keep access to the course’s content beyond your Unlimited subscription time so you can revise the content whenever you need.

Unlimited costs $244.99 for one year. Find out more about Unlimited.

What is the final assessment?

The final assessment is designed to rigorously test your understanding of the subject. This test is marked by experts and enables you to demonstrate your learning to yourself and to employers.

The assessment is summative and may include a multiple-choice test, or tutor-marked assignment.

Passing the final assessment unlocks the academic or professional recognition associated with completing an entire FutureLearn program, plus a FutureLearn Award.

To be eligible for the final assessment, you must upgrade on each individual course or buy Unlimited and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program. The final assessment must be purchased separately.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

NHS Leadership Academy

Edward Jenner Leadership for Veterinary Professionals is your first port of call if you’re looking to build a strong foundation of leadership skills that can help enhance your confidence and competence in your role.

The program will support you as you develop essential leadership skills; open to all, this program leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

  • NHS Leadership Academy
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Who will you learn with?

Oliver is Leadership Initiatives Manager at the RCVS. He is part of the team that developed and delivered the Jenner Leadership Programme. His background is in government policy and psychology.

I am a vet in specialist practice who graduated about 14 years ago. I am working hard on finding a balance between veterinary life and being a mum to small children, a wee dog and two guinea pigs!

RVN, Cert Ed
VN Lecturer & Diploma Lead
Qualified Canine Hydrotherapist
Online Mentor

Jason leads the design of national leadership interventions for the NHS. He is a consultant, coach, and lifelong learner - curious about how people can work together more effectively in groups.

Clare has worked in the NHS for all her career, in clinical practice, education and management, she is currently a Head of Service at the NHS Leadership Academy

Created with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is the regulator of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in the United Kingdom. It works to enhance society through improved animal health and welfare. It does this by setting, upholding and advancing the educational, ethical and clinical standards of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.

Inspired by the Vet Futures Initiative, this online leadership programme was commissioned by the RCVS to support the development of everyday leadership skills of all veterinary professionals.