PDA Quality Improvement in Veterinary Practice SCQF level 7

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards. The PDA in Quality Improvement in Veterinary Practice at SCQF level 7 covers the specialist skills required to plan and document quality systems using appropriate theories, concepts and principles to effectively deliver the services offered by the veterinary practice.

This qualification covers areas such as management of quality and auditing management systems.

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some employers. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.

The PDA in Quality Improvement in Veterinary Practice at SCQF level 7 has been developed in partnership with employers and industry so it is suitable for the current sector.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while learners will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace.

It can also be offered to people who are in training and who wish to gain employment in the sector.

The unit-based structure aids timetable flexibility. Units are typically 40 hours of learning and they can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis.

This PDA provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

The target audience is those in work, or seeking employment, who require a specific skill set.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners do not need to have formal relevant qualifications to enter this PDA. Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required. Current experience as a veterinary nurse or practice manager within a veterinary practice setting would be advantageous.

The units in the PDA have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Quality Management.

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs, which could perhaps lead to a full HN qualification in Animal Care at level 7 or 8.

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA¿s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA¿s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Assessment will allow candidates to enhance their own practice. The use of reports and projects is crucial to this.

Group Award code: GR3W 47(24 SCQF credit points)

The PDA in Quality Improvement in Veterinary Practice at SCQF level 7 consists of two mandatory units.