Seven vets who took their final exams this month have become the first to receive a new equestrian qualification.

The final assessments for the postgraduate Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) certificate in advanced veterinary practice with equine designations took place at the University of Liverpool on 6 September.

“I was very impressed by the quality of all the candidates and the diligence of the examination process,” said Dr Mark Holmes, who observed the assessments.

“It is clear that candidates putting themselves forward for ‘named’ certificates have demonstrated particular interest in their chosen fields and place considerable value on passing their examination.”

The modular certificates were introduced in 2007 to be a more flexible replacement for the old-style postgraduate certificates.

Vets can now choose from 79 subject modules, with RCVS-accredited assessments offered by a range of universities.

These institutions may also offer associated courses, which vets can take to support their studies, although candidates are free to choose where and how they wish to study.

For more information, visit: www.rcvs.org.uk/modcerts