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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

Venue: Greve
Start date: 23 June 2020

PgC and GPCert Small Animal Surgery
23 Jun 2020
15 Jun 2022
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22 Day Course
Greve
Hannes Bergmann, Kevin Parsons, Sebastien Behr
£12,995.00 + VAT


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

Frequently Asked Questions

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Venue: Greve
Start date: 23 June 2020

PgC and GPCert Small Animal Surgery
23 Jun 2020
15 Jun 2022
p
22 Day Course
Greve
Hannes Bergmann, Kevin Parsons, Sebastien Behr
£12,995.00 + VAT

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: 23 June 2020

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)

Venue: Greve
Start date: 23 June 2020

PgC and GPCert Small Animal Surgery
23 Jun 2020
15 Jun 2022
p
22 Day Course
Greve
Hannes Bergmann, Kevin Parsons, Sebastien Behr
£12,995.00 + VAT

Small Animal Surgery Pricing

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Full course£12,995.00£0.00£12,995.00
Deposit and 12 monthly payments£1,012.00£1,495.00£13,639.00
Deposit and 20 monthly payments£624.00£1,495.00£13,975.00

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Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. A non-refundable initial payment 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 there is an additional HAU fee which is required in order to gain university credits and the PgC award.

Venue: Greve
Start date: 23 June 2020

PgC and GPCert Small Animal Surgery
23 Jun 2020
15 Jun 2022
p
22 Day Course
Greve
Hannes Bergmann, Kevin Parsons, Sebastien Behr
£12,995.00 + VAT

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: 23 June 2020

PgC and GPCert Small Animal Surgery
23 Jun 2020
15 Jun 2022
p
22 Day Course
Greve
Hannes Bergmann, Kevin Parsons, Sebastien Behr
£12,995.00 + VAT

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