VETNET Lifelong Learning Network was launched as a three year project in 2007, funded by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England). Its remit was to assist progression of vocational learners into veterinary and other animal-related Higher Education, support progression with curriculum development and improve accuracy and consistency of careers advice.
The Network included veterinary schools, universities, specialist colleges and further education providers across England providing courses in veterinary and animal related subjects. Professional bodies related to this sector were also represented; including:
Lantra (the Sector Skills Council for the land based industries).
The achievements of the LLN were well documented in the three-year report to HEFCE and less formally in the legacy newsletter, VETNETWORKS. They include:
- Almost 350 progression agreements developed and signed involving 50 different institutions
- Progression routes clarified from level 3 animal related vocational qualifications to many higher education courses including veterinary science, veterinary medicine, animal and equine sciences, animal behavior, animal welfare and conservation biology
- New courses developed to increase progression opportunities for vocational students
- Wide range of information, advice and guidance materials produced including websites, DVDs, booklets and taster events
- Development of CAVE - Courses in Animal and Veterinary Education, enabling potential learners to search a course database and browse information about animal and veterinary careers and case studies
- Provision of almost 100 staff development events across the network including regional and national conferences, presentations and workshops
Network partners indicated that they favored the continuation of VETNET LLN and so a membership-funded association, supported by subscription, was formed in late 2010. Collaborations between members have continued and learners continue to benefit. Membership is available to educational institutions, charitable organisations and individuals.
The VETNET LLN Association has a National Council with nominated representatives from universities and colleges across the original regions and observers, such as RCVS and LANTRA. The Association is now open to institutions and individuals across the United Kingdom. Lantra is now hosting the VETNET LLN Association national office.
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