Feline Practice

Modular programme leading to a GPCert and optional PgC

This outstanding programme taught by world class speakers offers an in-depth look at the common and also more challenging feline issues through taught, interactive and case-based sessions.

With feline pet ownership overtaking dogs in the UK, vets are being presented with challenging feline cases every day. This programme will assist you in consolidating your knowledge of feline medicine and surgery and help you develop an informed clinical approach to the feline patient.

Your learning options:

The Feline Practice programme is provided by Improve International in collaboration with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and Harper Adams University.

Complete the one-year programme (all modules) and achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) by passing the required assessments with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Continue on to the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) that combines the GPCert clinical studies, plus reflective practice, and successful completion of the Advanced Practitioner Module with Harper Adams University. The PgC represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. It provides 60 transferable academic credits.

After successfully completing your PgC, you may apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes.

The Programme Tutor will discuss which learning option you wish to progress and advise the necessary requirements to support you.

Inclusive learning support 

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A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts

Access to our online learning management system: Moodle – This provides access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources, including surgical videos and webinars

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A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey

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Places on the programme are limited to ensure the best possible learning experience

Venue:
Start date: 28 September 2020

PgC and GPCert Feline Practice
28 Sep 2020
22 Jun 2021
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16 Day Course
Stockholm
Rosario Cerundolo, Ana Lara, Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Sarah Heath, Kostas Papasouliotis, Stephanie Sorrell
€8,995.00 + VAT

What do our customers think of our training?

I decided to study for Improve International’s PgC in Feline Medicine in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases.  Read more... Jennifer Sinclair , Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Companion Care Vets

BVetMed PgC in Feline Veterinary Studies MRCVS

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Venue:
Start date: 28 September 2020

PgC and GPCert Feline Practice
28 Sep 2020
22 Jun 2021
p
16 Day Course
Stockholm
Rosario Cerundolo, Ana Lara, Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Sarah Heath, Kostas Papasouliotis, Stephanie Sorrell
€8,995.00 + VAT

What do our customers think of our training?

I decided to study for Improve International’s PgC in Feline Medicine in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases.  Read more... Jennifer Sinclair , Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Companion Care Vets

BVetMed PgC in Feline Veterinary Studies MRCVS

Venue:
Start date: 28 September 2020

Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis
Sep 2020 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of sampling techniques, the limitations of technology and equipment and the factors that can generate artefacts or abnormalities
  • Interpret results and propose further investigations
  • Understand the methodology involved in the generation of haematology, biochemistry and cytology profiles
  • Have an awareness of the various diagnostic tests for endocrine and infectious diseases ( viral, parasitic- including heartworm- and bacterial) the techniques used and their interpretation
  • Recall the cytology of haemic and non-haemic cell populations, both reactive and neoplastic, and have the ability to trace or plot maturation and degeneration pathways in blood, fluid and tissue smears

Speaker: Kostas Papasouliotis DVM PhD DipRCPath (Vet.Clin.Path.) DipECVCP MRCVS
Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management
Sep 2020 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform triage, assess patients and prioritise cases
  • Undertake emergency monitoring and stabilisation
  • Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparations and plants
  • Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Feline Urinary Tract
Oct 2020 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilised in cats with clinical signs of renal disease (including acute/ chronic renal insufficiency, glomerular disease, neoplasia and inherited diseases)
  • Describe the causes and emergency treatment of acute renal failure
  • Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphataemia, anaemia, proteinuria and hypertension
  • Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic renal disease to patient prognosis
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for CRI including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors and dietary modification
  • Recall the neuroanatomy of the lower urinary tract and the differentiation of upper motor neuron/ lower motor neuron defects
  • Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including FLUTD, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment and dietary management

Speaker: To be confirmed
Feline Dermatology
Oct 2020 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate a differential diagnosis, investigation plan (including laboratory investigations) for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Have knowledge of treatment strategies for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Be aware of and be able to recognise dermatological manifestations of systemic disease

Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo DVM CertVD DiplECVD MRCVS
Feline Cardiology
Nov 2020 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise the importance of a detailed history and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Review and understand the common causes of heart disease in cats
  • Consolidate your understanding of the central importance of blood pressure in the pathophysiology of cardiac disease in cats and know how to discriminate the causes of hypertension in this species
  • Define the crucial role of high quality imaging modalities (especially ultrasonography and radiology) in the differential diagnosis of feline cardiopulmonary diseases

Speaker: To be confirmed
Feline Respiratory Medicine
Nov 2020 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the common presentations of respiratory disease including nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing, stertor, stridor, sneezing and reverse sneezing
  • Diagnose and treat upper respiratory tract diseases, both acute (infectious) and chronic (inflammatory or infectious or neoplastic in origin)
  • Formulate an approach to allergic lower respiratory tract disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and treatment of allergic airway disease, parasitic disease and pulmonary fibrosis
  • Understand pleural space disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and therapeutics

Speaker: To be confirmed
Feline Endocrinology
Jan 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis – including hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism and hyperadrenocorticism
  • Describe the principles of key diagnostic tests and their application for the above feline endocrine diseases
  • Understand the management of common feline endocrine diseases and know how to approach complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar syndrome

Speaker: Nick Bexfield BVetMed CertSAM,DSAM,PhD FSBiol MRCVS
Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract
Jan 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Know how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas
  • Describe the various tests used in the diagnosis of liver and pancreatic disease and the management options for the common hepatic medical disorders
  • Approach the nutritional management of disorders of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract

Speaker: To be confirmed
Feline Infectious Diseases I
Feb 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe health and safety concerns and precautions relating to zoonoses
  • Understand the legislation and regulations relating to infectious diseases
  • Design and implement vaccination and preventative parasitic programmes
  • Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment of common viral diseases including FeLV, FIV and FIP
  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections

Speaker: To be confirmed
Feline Infectious Diseases II
Feb 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the diseases of hunting cats including Toxoplasmosis, Pox virus, Mycobacterial disease and Salmonellosis
  • Approach enteric infections of the cat including protozoal disease (Trichomonas foetus, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Isospora) and bacterial/ viral disease
  • Understand fungal mycoses
  • Control infectious and zoonotic disease in the home, clinic, shelters and cattery situations

Speaker: To be confirmed
Feline Musculoskeletal Disease
Mar 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform an orthopaedic examination and be familiar with the presentation of osteoarthritis in the cat
  • Understand the value of radiography, synoviocentesis, muscle and nerve biopsies
  • Apply first aid techniques to fracture patients
  • Explain the principles of orthopaedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures 

Speaker: James Grierson BVetMed Cert VR CertSAS,CertVR,DipECVS CertMedEd FHEA FRCVS
Feline Behaviour
Mar 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Consolidate your understanding of normal cat behaviour
  • Understand the clinical causes of feline behavioural problems
  • Formulate an approach to common problems such as inappropriate toiletting, spraying, aggression and compulsive disorders
  • Review and apply strategies for improving core territory security
  • Have a good knowledge of the principal behavioural modifying drugs, their use and potential side effects

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FRCVS
Feline Ophthalmology
Apr 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal feline eye and use readily available diagnostic equipment and disposables in feline ophthalmic cases
  • Recognise those ophthalmic conditions which are unique to the cat or are particularly important in this species
  • Perform common surgical procedures pertinent to feline ophthalmology
  • Approach the medical management of ophthalmic patients
  • Know when to refer a patient

Speaker: Kerry Smith BVetMed CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
Feline Anaesthesia and Surgical Principles
Apr 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Apply knowledge gained to surgical asepsis and theatre protocol
  • Rationally utilise antibiotics in surgical patients
  • Be familiar with suture materials and patterns, surgical instruments and tissue handling
  • Plan surgery, apply haemostatic techniques and manage crises
  • Approach the management and reconstruction of wounds

 

Online Anaesthesia component:

  • Describe a range of parenteral and inhalational anaesthetic regimes
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics of different anaesthetics and monitoring techniques available

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DVM MSc PhD DECVS DACVS MRCVS
Feline Neurology
Jun 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical signs associated with neurological disease
  • Perform a neurological assessment and understand what the tests evaluate and their interpretation
  • Describe how to localise lesions and the value this provides to the clinician
  • Plan a neurological investigation and understand the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localisation
  • Approach abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases
  • Be familiar with the common myopathies including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment

Speaker: To be confirmed
Feline Oncology, Lymphatic and Haematopoietic Disease
Jun 2021 |

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical relevance of tumour biology and be able to discuss
    the most common neoplasms of the major organ systems
  • Evaluate the evidence base to make rational treatment decisions for feline cancer patients
  • Review the importance of biopsy and staging in therapy decision making, counselling and support
  • Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anaemia, haematopoietic disease and coagulopathies

Speaker: Ana Lara DVM, MSc, FHEA, PhD, MRCVS DipACVIM & ECVIM-CA (Oncology), RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

Venue:
Start date: 28 September 2020

PgC and GPCert Feline Practice
28 Sep 2020
22 Jun 2021
p
16 Day Course
Stockholm
Rosario Cerundolo, Ana Lara, Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Sarah Heath, Kostas Papasouliotis, Stephanie Sorrell
€8,995.00 + VAT

Feline Practice Pricing

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Please note: 

All examination fee for Small Animal Ultrasound with ISVPS are included in the prices above.

All examination fee for Endosurgery & Endoscopy and Feline Practice programmes with ISVPS are included in the prices above. In order to achieve the PgC the following costs will apply:

    • HAU Registration fee £329
    • Advanced Practitioner Module fee £1250

Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £840.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  3. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  4. We will charge VAT by default if you are part of an EU country outside of the UK. However, if you can supply a valid intra-community VAT number the invoice will be exempt from VAT.

Registration Information

  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.
  4. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

Venue:
Start date: 28 September 2020

PgC and GPCert Feline Practice
28 Sep 2020
22 Jun 2021
p
16 Day Course
Stockholm
Rosario Cerundolo, Ana Lara, Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Sarah Heath, Kostas Papasouliotis, Stephanie Sorrell
€8,995.00 + VAT

What do our customers think of our training?

I decided to study for Improve International’s PgC in Feline Medicine in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases.  Read more... Jennifer Sinclair , Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Companion Care Vets

BVetMed PgC in Feline Veterinary Studies MRCVS

Venue:
Start date: 28 September 2020

PgC and GPCert Feline Practice
28 Sep 2020
22 Jun 2021
p
16 Day Course
Stockholm
Rosario Cerundolo, Ana Lara, Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Sarah Heath, Kostas Papasouliotis, Stephanie Sorrell
€8,995.00 + VAT

What do our customers think of our training?

I decided to study for Improve International’s PgC in Feline Medicine in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases.  Read more... Jennifer Sinclair , Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Companion Care Vets

BVetMed PgC in Feline Veterinary Studies MRCVS