Dermatology and Endoscopy & Endosurgery

28 September 2016 – News

Postgraduate Certificate validation

Improve International has announced that two more of its small animal modular veterinary programmes have been validated by Harper Adams University under the partnership arrangement established in 2012.

The General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) Dermatology and the GPCert Endoscopy and Endosurgery, which are delivered in conjunction with the European School of Veterinary Studies (ESVPS), can now be used as a route to gaining a postgraduate certificate (PgC).  Both programmes, completed by attendance only, aim to provide an updated and practical approach to these areas of practice. Their validation means that success in the GPCert exam will provide 40 academic credits towards the PgC.

PgCs are accredited at Master’s level 7 and provide 60 credits, at least 40 of which are in the designated clinical area. The remaining 20 credits are gained by undertaking a subsequent work based module delivered by Harper Adams University.  This places these PgCs at the same academic level as those offered by other CPD providers.

Commenting, David Babington MRCVS, Managing Director, said:  “Our clinical taught programmes in dermatology and endoscopy and endosurgery are led by experts in their field. The European School of Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) has responsibility for the associated assessments while Harper Adams University brings the Higher Education body quality assurance to our partnership, ensuring that our qualifications meet the strict criteria laid down by the QAA Framework. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussions and, where applicable, ‘hands-on’ practical sessions.”


Improve International was established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons from across the UK. We run Continuous Professional Development training for veterinary professionals to help develop the skills and knowledge required in practice. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions. We are an international organisation with offices in the UK and Portugal.


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