Two year programme

Small Animal Surgery

Modular programme leading to a GPCert and optional PgC

The most in-depth and practical modular small animal surgery programme

Our Small Animal Surgery Modular Postgraduate programme has been designed to be spread over two years culminating in a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam a Spot Test at the end, ensuring you are well positioned to pass. Our programme has recently been updated to give even more practical experience in orthopaedics and more relevancy to the general practitioner.

This programme divides into a soft-tissue component and an orthopaedic/spinal component. 

Transform your practice life by gaining recognised qualifications

  • Achieve not only a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) but also a General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)
    – The PgC is a recognised higher education qualification which represents Masters Level 7 and provides 60 transferable academic credits
    – On successful attainment of the GPCert(SAM) candidates will be awarded a personalised certificate and their name will be included in the ISVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders

 

You will have the opportunity to practise a wide variety of the surgical procedures you want to perfect in a wet-lab environment. Click to find out more about the practical components

The programme comprises fourteen taught modules and EIGHT practical modules where you get the chance to practise surgical procedures in a true clinical setting. You will spend time reviewing the surgical procedures by way of brief presentations and where appropriate, video presentations You will spend the majority of the allotted time practising these procedures.

Practical Learning Objectives:

At the end of the practical sessions, you should be able to:

  • Outline the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of the patient
  • Understand the principles of surgical planning
  • Apply principles of surgical planning to selected cases
  • Understand the possible surgical complications that may arise following each of the procedures
  • Perform the listed procedures in a wet-lab environment
  • Demonstrate the listed procedures to a colleague or the specialist speaker
  • Evaluate your own surgical skills and recognise your limitations with respect to some of the above procedures
  • Recognise when to seek assistance from a colleague or referral institution

Inclusive learning support

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Improve International's Manual of Small Animal Surgery Vol 1 and 2

Support from our Surgery Course Director Dr Hannes Bergmann who will be on hand to oversee course content and act as a specialist advisor to delegates

A subscription to Harper Adams University's online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts for those progressing to a PgC

A dedicated Programme Tutor who will support every individual during their PgC

Access to our learning management system operated through Moodle providing a notes library, discussion forum and other study resources including webinars

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.

What do our customers think of our training?

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Due to the tuition I have received at Improve, my clients are benefiting from not having to be referred elsewhere as I am able to do the surgeries in-house. I have learnt a lot of new techniques, increased my knowledge and skills and been able to pass these on to others in my practice. Read more... Ben Gamsa

BVM&S GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

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Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.

What do our customers think of our training?

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Due to the tuition I have received at Improve, my clients are benefiting from not having to be referred elsewhere as I am able to do the surgeries in-house. I have learnt a lot of new techniques, increased my knowledge and skills and been able to pass these on to others in my practice. Read more... Ben Gamsa

BVM&S GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Venue: Greve
Start date: 3 June 2019

Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative techniques and Wound healing
Jun 2019 | Greve

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Revise asepsis, sterilisation and appropriate antibiosis for surgical cases
  • Expand your knowledge of instrumentation and instrument handling
  • Become more familiar with the uses of suture, needles, staples and clips
  • Understand the principles of wound healing  and how this applies to your clinical cases
  • Re-visit the principles of wound management and get up-to-date with what is available now

 

 

 


Speaker: Jon Hall MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS SFHEA MRCVS
Urinary and Reproductive Tract Surgery
Jun 2019 | Greve

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Develop your skills in managing renal surgery
  • Extend your knowledge of obstructive diseases of the urinary tract from ureters to urethra to enhance your day-to-day management of urolithiasis
  • Improve your awareness of the myriad of surgical options for urinary incontinence that are available now including colposuspension, TVT and urethral occluders
  • Advance your familiarity of surgery of the male reproductive system – from prostatic omentalisation to penile and preputial procedures
  • Extend the range of procedures you can offer for the female reproductive system beyond ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy

 

 

 

 


Speaker: Jon Hall MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS SFHEA MRCVS
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
Sep 2019 | Greve

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the surgical approaches to salivary gland disease
  • Consider oesophageal disease and when surgery may be appropriate
  • Gastrotomy and gastrectomy: there is more to surgery of the stomach than just GDV
  • Advance your knowledge of small intestinal disease and how your decision-making can reduce complications
  • Review and revise ruptures and hernias

 

 

 

 


Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DVM MSc PhD DECVS DACVS MRCVS
Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver, Spleen and Pancreas
Sep 2019 | Greve

Key Learning Objectives

  • Improve your knowledge of large intestinal surgery and the differences between cats and dogs
  • Familiarise yourself with surgical approaches to the rectum and anus
  • Explore the options for liver surgery – suture, staples or electrosurgery
  • Review biliary tract surgery – anatomy and surgical options
  • Consolidate your knowledge of pancreatic surgery
  • Splenectomy – does it need removing and if so, which technique and what are the alternatives to removal?

 

 


Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DVM MSc PhD DECVS DACVS MRCVS
Reconstructive Skin Surgery - Practical Session
Nov 2019 | Greve

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Wound closure
    • Increase your options for skin reconstruction through tension relieving techniques
  • Pedicle flaps
    • Become braver with pedicle flaps: advancement, rotational and transposition to help close the larger or trickier defects
  • Muscle and omental flaps
    • Develop your familiarity with using muscle in defects by practising the external abdominal oblique muscle flap
    • Become familiar with the role of omental transposition in wound healing
  • Skin grafts
    • Understand skin grafts: full thickness and stamp and how to maximise their chances of success

Speaker: Kelly Blacklock BVM&S DipECVS FHEA PGCert MRCVS
Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery – Practical Session
Nov 2019 | Greve

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Oesophageal foreign bodies
    • Maximise good outcomes for oesophageal foreign bodies by minimising the risks and complications through appropriate knowledge of anatomy, surgical technique and peri-operative care
  • Gastric dilation volvulus
    • Investigate which gastropexy you might choose
  • Nephrectomy and nephrotomy
    • Perform a ureteronephrectomy for when the whole kidney needs removing
    • Develop your familiarity with partial nephrectomy for saving every precious nephron
    • Investigate possible indications for nephrotomy
  • Urethrostomy
    • Practise urethrostomies at a variety of anatomical locations so you can select the right one for your patient

Speaker: Kelly Blacklock BVM&S DipECVS FHEA PGCert MRCVS
Oral, Pharyngeal and Aural Surgery
Jan 2020 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Become secure doing surgery of the lips, cheeks and tongue
  • Improve your approach to surgical treatment of palatal abnormalities
  • Maxillectomy and mandibulectomy: when and where to cut
  • Become more familiar with pharyngeal surgery and your options for tonsillar surgery
  • Make a considered choice for your patients between lateral wall resection, vertical canal ablation, ventral bulla osteotomy and total canal ablation/lateral bulla osteotomy
  • Revise the options for surgical treatment of aural haematoma

 

 


Speaker: Jonathan Bell BVM&S CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Surgery of the Upper Airways, Larynx and Trachea
Jan 2020 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise conditions of the nasal planum of the young and old to guide you when to operate
  • The nasal sinuses – when does surgical access become necessary?
  • Brachycephalic airway disease – a myriad of abnormalities
  • Perfect your knowledge of the larynx to allow you to successfully treat a wide variety of surgical conditions – paralysis, collapse, trauma, stenosis and neoplasia
  • Familiarise yourself with tracheotomy, tracheostomy, tracheal avulsion, collapse, resection/anastomosis, trauma, foreign bodies and neoplasia

 

 


Speaker: Robert Adams BVM&S MRCVS DipECVS
Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities
Mar 2020 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your approach to peritonitis by going into the detail of the pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment options
  • By the end of this module you will have discovered the thrills of thoracic surgery and maybe even have answered some big questions:
    • Big dog / little dog: who wins?
    • Thoracostomy for pneumothorax, pyothorax and chylothorax – which tube?
    • Thoracotomy – which side and which rib space?
    • Lung Lobectomy – how many lobes can you take?
    • PDA – is this still a surgical condition?
    • Pericardectomy – how much should you take?
    • PRAA – why does a regurgitating patient need a thoracotomy?
    • Chylothorax – can you find the thoracic duct?
    • Chest wall diseases – how far can you advance the diaphragm?

Speaker: Kelly Blacklock BVM&S DipECVS FHEA PGCert MRCVS
Surgical Oncology
Mar 2020 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the underlying principles of oncologic surgery to inform your surgical approaches to the most common tumours seen in practice
  • Bring yourself up-to-date on all the treatment options for mast cell tumours
  • Become comfortable with maxillectomy and mandibulectomy so you can approach oral tumours with more confidence
  • Familiarise yourself with gastrointestinal tumours so you can optimise your patient’s outcome
  • Recognise the differences between dogs and cats by learning about feline-specific tumours

Speaker: Rob Quinn BVMS(Hons) CertAVP DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb
Jun 2020 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Consider the conditions of the shoulder including luxation, osteochondrosis and dysplasia and excision arthroplasty surgery
  • Revise the conditions of the elbow including luxations, IOHC, elbow dysplasia, developmental disease and ununited anconeal process
  • Understand developmental carpal disease, carpal hyperextension and arthrodesis and luxations of the carpus and foot
  • Discuss growth plate disorders

Speaker: Richard Meeson MA, Vet MB, MVetMed, DipECVS, PGCVE, FHEA, MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb
Jun 2020 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the pros and cons of the myriad of surgical options for the ruptured cruciate
  • Consider alternative causes of stifle dysfunction than the cranial cruciate ligament
  • Revise the underlying causes of patellar luxation when choosing a surgical approach
  • Perfect your knowledge of hock anatomy and the conditions that affect the joint including osteochondrosis and luxation
  • Review the conditions that affect the hip including dysplasia & luxation and familiarise yourself with a variety of procedures described to treat them
  • Understand the pros and cons of total hip replacement

Speaker: Richard Meeson MA, Vet MB, MVetMed, DipECVS, PGCVE, FHEA, MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb - Practical Session
Sep 2020 | Greve

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key learning objectives:

  • Shoulder Joint
    • Revise the surgical approaches to the joint and perform a bicipital tenotomy
  • Elbow Joint
    • Elbow dysplasia is a widespread and complex disease – review which surgical approaches to the joint are most appropriate for your individual cases
  • Carpus
    • Sometimes a salvage procedure is the only option – meticulous technique will enhance your ability to perform carpal arthrodesis

Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy DVM, DipECVS, MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb - Practical Session
Sep 2020 | Greve

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

Key learning objectives:

  • Hip joint
    • Sometimes the best option is to perform a femoral head and neck ostectomy and good technique should allow a quick return to weight bearing
  • Stifle joint I
    • Extracapsular repair of cranial cruciate ligament disease can still be a valid treatment provided you prioritise thorough meniscal inspection
  • Stifle joint II
    • Surgical correction of a luxating patella by tibial tuberosity transposition will benefit many of your small dog patients
  • Tarsus
    • Arthrodesis of the hock can be the only option – choose whether to perform a partial or pantarsal arthrodesis

 

 


Speaker: Nicolas Barthelemy DVM, DipECVS, MRCVS
Fracture Repair I
Nov 2020 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to perform the initial assessment of the fracture patient
  • Be familiar with the descriptions and applications of fracture classification
  • Apply the principles of fracture repair and decision making in fracture repair to your cases
  • Appreciate the variety of methods available for fracture fixation and implants, including plating and external fixation devices

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Fracture Repair II
Nov 2020 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles of fracture reduction, including both closed and open techniques
  • Be familiar with the options for bone grafting including both cancellous and cortical grafts
  • Describe the stabilisation of specific fractures of the fore and hindlimb
  • Discuss the clinical approach to the following complications: Delayed union/Non-union/Mal-union/Osteomyelitis

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Internal Fixation - Practical Session
Feb 2021 | Greve

During this practical session you will perform the following procedures:
Key learning objectives:

  • Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair using a bone plate and screws
  • Humeral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws
  • Femoral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
External Fixation and Bone Grafting - Practical Session
Feb 2021 | Greve

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker.

Key learning objectives:

  • Cancellous bone grafting
    • Harvest cancellous bone from the proximal humerus
  • Review external fixation equipment
    • Familiarise yourself with the pins, bars and clamps
  • Tibial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type II linear frame
  • Comminuted Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type Ib linear frame

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Spinal Surgery I
May 2021 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Integrate the principles of lesion localisation to your spinal cases via a systematic neurological examination and its’ interpretation
  • Understand the application of neurodiagnostics
  • Appreciate the approach to and management of paraplegia and tetraplegia
  • Be familiar with the clinical approach to neurological emergencies, including cranial trauma and status epilepticus

Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)
Spinal Surgery II
Jun 2021 | Greve

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the surgical options for spinal surgery according to site
  • Cervical spine
    • Ventral slot procedure
  • Thoracolumbar spine
    • Hemilaminectomy
  • Lumbosacral spine
    • Dorsal laminectomy
  • CSF tap and Myelography
    • Identify the appropriate landmarks for acquiring CSF samples and obtaining diagnostic myelograms

Observe a demonstration of the above procedures performed by the speaker in the wet lab.


Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.

Small Animal Surgery Pricing

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Our Small Animal Surgery course is now accepting new cohort registrations in June onto its current 2019-2021 programme.
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Our Small Animal Surgery course is now accepting new cohort registrations in June onto its current 2019-2021 programme.
Full course delivery structure is available from the dedicated programme tutor upon request.

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Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £994.90 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Full payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the first module in order to be eligible for the discounted rate.
  3. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  4. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  5. 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.

 

Please note: 
All prices above include the examination fee with ISVPS, however, if you wish to progress to a PgC then the HAU fee of £456 is required in order to gain university credits and the PgC award.

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.

What do our customers think of our training?

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Due to the tuition I have received at Improve, my clients are benefiting from not having to be referred elsewhere as I am able to do the surgeries in-house. I have learnt a lot of new techniques, increased my knowledge and skills and been able to pass these on to others in my practice. Read more... Ben Gamsa

BVM&S GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.

What do our customers think of our training?

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Due to the tuition I have received at Improve, my clients are benefiting from not having to be referred elsewhere as I am able to do the surgeries in-house. I have learnt a lot of new techniques, increased my knowledge and skills and been able to pass these on to others in my practice. Read more... Ben Gamsa

BVM&S GPCert(SAS) MRCVS