Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development is an important aspect of veterinary nursing - the need to constantly be upskilling and developing.

With the advent of voluntary registration, it is a requirement to complete 20 CPD points per calendar year if you wish to be included in the Register - this equates to 20 hours

Below is a table showing how these points can be gained. 

Any course that has already been accredited by an outside source - eg RACE points, is acceptable by NZVNA. 
You may use 8 hours (8 points) of non accredited CPD per year

CPD Points table 

With the introduction of voluntary registration, it is a requirement that you complete and record 20 hours of CPD per year.

There is a facility on the website for you to upload and store your CPD certificates each year.
  • Click on the MY CPD Record button on the Homepage  (If we do not have a copy of your qualification on file you will be asked to upload one)
  • Click on Add A New Record - you will have a number of options depending on what the CPD was
 You will then be asked to upload proof  - this should consist of a certificate provided to you when you completed the CPD. You can go back to this at any time and it will be stored for you.  

You will also need to upload proof of 40 hours worked (either a payslip or a letter from your Manager) and a copy of your qualification if we do not already have one on file.

Once you have completed your CPD for the year you can submit it.
Your CPD must be submitted by 28 Feb to enable you to be on the List/Register for that year

* Newly qualified VNs are exempt from the 20 hours CPD requirement for the year in which they qualify e.g. if a VN qualifies at the end of 2017 their study goes towards CPD points and they are not required to complete the 20 hours CPD during 2017. However, you must upload proof of your qualification to MyCPD Record prior to 28 Feb. If you have not received your Diploma then a letter from your Provider is sufficient in the meantime.

The CPD/clinical hours requirement for previously listed LVNs (those who have completed CVN) or LVNAs (those who have completed VNA qual) is waived as long as the student has completed 0.5 EFTS or greater each year of study in a veterinary nursing programme of study. They will need verification from tutors that they have successfully completed at least 0.5ETFS over the year. What this means for part time Year 1 Dip VN L6 students is that as long as they have completed 0.5 EFTS over the year, they can have their CPD/clinical hours requirements for the year waived to retain their LVN listing. For part time year 2 Dip VN L6 students, the minimum 0.5 EFTS they complete hopefully also would be accompanied by the finishing of their qualification in which case they will be eligible to enter the register as an RVN.

Students who are finishing up a few courses to pass after being away for a while may not meet eligibility for waiving the CPD/clinical hours requirement unless they have completed a minimum of 0.5 EFTs.

The Register is compiled from MyCPD Record so to enable us to assess whether or not you qualify to be on the List/Register you must upload to MyCPD Record.  This pertains to student also.

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