General Practitioner Advanced Certificates leading to Postgraduate Diplomas (PgD)

Advance your skills with a General Practitioner Advanced Certificate

The GPAdvCert is developed for veterinary professionals who wish to advance their knowledge and practical skills, progress their academic qualifications and gain recognition in their field.

These are advanced level ‘next-step’ programmes for veterinary professionals who have already completed their General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) or Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), accredited by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University (HAU). There is an opportunity if you hold an equivalent qualification from another provider to also join these programmes.

Choose your Programme

Benefits for you and your practice

  • Increase your skills and confidence in dealing with more advanced procedures in-house
  • Reduce referrals and therefore retain higher levels of income for your practice
  • Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence to face the most complex cases
  • Enhance your transferable skills, to benefit you and your team
  • Gain access to leading specialists
  • Benefit from a high level of practical instruction and hands-on practise in a wet-lab environment

State-of-the-art training facilities

Our programmes take place in various locations in Europe. All our training venues are positioned to provide you with the highest level of facilities to enable you to get the most from your learning.

Our Practical training facilities offer:
• Exceptional facilities with comfortable training rooms
• Purpose built wet-lab facilities
• Surgical stations working in pairs
• Bright operating theatre standard lighting
• Wide choice of surgical equipment
• Where appropriate to the course, video demonstrations can be made available using the widescreen HD monitors and Sony camera system to ensure that attendees do not miss anything important
• Close interaction with other attendees and the speaker, so that you gain maximum benefit from the practical training



“I embarked on Improve’s Postgraduate Diploma as I was keen to deepen my knowledge and expand my skills.

I am proud to be the first vet in the UK to achieve this qualification, and it has given me the confidence to handle more advanced and difficult surgical and medical cases.”

Dr Graeme McKeown

Route to a Postgraduate Diploma



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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