08 Sep 2020

A key aspect of the Stakeholder Association’s role within the Society is to facilitate tailored CPD and training for members, and to increase awareness of the value of professional accreditation, which includes encouraging members to join the BSAS Register of Animal Scientists & Animal Technologists.

Run in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology, BSAS Accreditation is supported by several like-minded organisations. Open to public view, the Register assures competency, knowledge, and integrity at home and internationally, as is desired by government, society, research funders, clients, colleagues, collaborators, and employers. Applications to the Register can be made by those involved directly and indirectly in the many and various disciplines relating to the care, utility, sustainability, and productivity of food producing, zoo, equine and companion animals.

As well as public recognition of competencies, as a registered Animal Scientist or Animal Technologist you also gain access to a host of other career defining benefits, including the fostering within employer organisations of a culture of staff training and skills development.

To maintain accreditation, members must carry out a programme of continued professional development each year and accrue a minimum of 50 credits. The programme must relate to learning and career development and cover a number of different areas, such as work-based learning, formal training courses and educational programmes, with each aspect carrying its own points value.

Members select their own CPD programmes appropriate to their own Designation (Scientist or Technologist), Level (Associate or Certified), Descriptor (Principal professional activity), and named Specialisms, all as already identified on the Accreditation Register. These programmes may be provided by any appropriate organisations, in-house or extra mural. CPD programmes are also provided by BSAS through its annual and occasional meetings and training workshops, and members can also choose to accrue points through other societies and organisations as appropriate to their Competencies and Specialisms.

Accreditations for registration and re-registration are considered by an expert accreditation panel whose composition reflects the designated expertise of the individual concerned. Registration is currently free for members of BSAS and there is a cost of £90 to those that are not BSAS Members. For more information, please click here.