Emergency Medicine and Surgery

Postgraduate Certificate

Current interest in small animal accident and emergency medicine and surgery is greater now than ever before.

This exciting modular programme is dedicated to providing high quality, relevant, clinically useful information for the small animal practitioner. Information that is practically relevant is presented using an approach based around the major organ systems.

Your learning options:

  • Extend your knowledge and skills in a specific area, by choosing a single or paired module of your interest
  • Complete the one-year programme (all modules) and achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and attain 40 academic credits at Masters Level 7
  • Continue on to a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) that combines the GPCert clinical studies with reflective practice (the Advanced Practitioner Module is 20 academic credits at Masters Level 7.) The PgC is 60 academic credits
  • After completing your Postgraduate Certificate, you can apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes

All delegates will receive a subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts.

Our online learning management system: Moodle – Provides access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources, including surgical videos and webinars.

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

The Initial Approach to the Emergency Patient

Module Information

The aim of this module is to become familiar with the initial approach to the emergency patient and how to maximise success. The effective performance of a primary survey and prioritisation will be discussed followed by the secondary survey with a particular focus on the respiratory system. The relative value of different catheter types and vascular access and various types of monitoring and laboratory assessment will be evaluated. Some of the concerns regarding nosocomial and zoonotic infection in our veterinary patients will be discussed before finally applying the principles we have learned to clinical scenarios. This module will set the scene for later modules that will build and expand on specific areas of emergency medicine.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the administrative, legal and ethical issues involving the critically ill patient
  • Appreciate triage systems and detail a suitable initial patient assessment
  • Explain emergency vascular access techniques including jugular and intra-osseous routes
  • Understand pain management, stabilisation and monitoring
  • Review health and safety concerns and precautions including managing a situation involving potential zoonoses
  • Be familiar with infectious diseases and preventative healthcare

    Reference sources or notes for the additional learning objectives on the recumbent patient will be provided

When

Where

Speaker

29 Jan 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Gayle Hallowell
26 Feb 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Gayle Hallowell
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Laboratory Diagnosis, Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand sampling techniques, processing, storage and data recording
  • Apply knowledge to using the microscope to examine blood smears, urinary sediment and basic cytology and be able to diagnose common acute and chronic conditions seen in general practice
  • Assess haemostasis
  • Interpret clinical laboratory medicine information including haematology, biochemistry, electrolyte and arterial and blood gas analyses
  • Consider when transfusion should be considered and appreciate that there are no ‘magic’ numbers
  • Select appropriate blood products and protocols to minimise adverse outcomes
  • Manage common conditions leading to haematological abnormalities requiring transfusion

When

Where

Speaker

30 Jan 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sara Gould
27 Feb 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Sara Gould
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Sedation and Therapeutics

Module Information

Emergency patients very often require anaesthesia or sedation and analgesia to proceed with diagnostic tests or the treatment of their conditions. Due to the severity of their condition administering anaesthesia can be challenging. This module will provide detailed information about safe anaesthetic and analgesic options available to minimise the anaesthetic risk for the emergency patient. The potential interactions between commonly used anaesthetic and analgesic drugs and therapeutic drugs used for the emergency patient will be explored. By the end of this course the practitioner will have a good understanding of the safest approach to anaesthetise, sedate and provide analgesia to the critical patient.

Key learning objectives:

  • Detail an approach to patient stabilisation prior to anaesthesia
  • Select appropriate parenteral and inhalational anaesthetic regimes and appreciate their relative advantages and disadvantages. Sedation versus anaesthesia
  • Have an understanding of anaesthetic equipment and monitoring techniques and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Explain the selection of NSAIDs, opioids, local anaesthetic and topical treatment options for the emergency patient
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of commonly used therapeutic agents including anti-microbials and anti-parasiticides in addition to anaesthetics and anti-inflammatories in the emergency patient
  • Consider the use of neuromuscular blockers

When

Where

Speaker

27 Mar 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano
1 May 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Neurological and Neuro-Toxicological Emergencies

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform a neurological examination
  • Select appropriate diagnostic tests and apply them to individual cases, including radiography and CSF analysis
  • Understand how to manage common neurological emergencies
  • Appreciate the fundamentals of neurosurgery
  • Recall the common toxicities such as insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides,herbicides, household preparations and plants
  • Diagnose, treat and assess the prognosis of patients presented with the common poisonings

When

Where

Speaker

29 Aug 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Laurent Garosi
28 Mar 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Laurent Garosi
2 May 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Laurent Garosi
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Renal, Urinary Tract, Reproductive and Paediatric Emergencies

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Apply diagnostic techniques including laboratory investigations and imaging to these cases
  • Investigate and manage common renal and urinary tract emergencies
  • Understand the principles of renal, ureteral, bladder and urethral surgery
  • Formulate an approach to cystocentesis and the placing and maintenance of urinary catheters and appreciate their limitations
  • Improve your knowledge of normal reproductive physiology and function and the physiology of conversion from foetal to neonatal circulation
  • Appreciate the common important clinical signs associated with reproductive and paediatric emergencies
  • Plan a diagnostic approach to these cases and manage common conditions

When

Where

Speaker

7 Nov 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Tobias Grave
15 May 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Tobias Grave
1 Jul 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Tobias Grave
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Endocrine and Metabolic Emergencies

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Detail the common metabolic conditions requiring urgent or emergency therapy
  • Be familiar with the impact of metabolic disturbances on the patient’s major body systems
  • Devise an approach to the diagnosis and management of common diseases including hypoadrenocorticism and diabetes mellitus
  • Understand key diagnostic tests and their application
  • Appreciate the complications encountered during therapy, their prevention and management

When

Where

Speaker

8 Nov 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Tobias Grave
16 May 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Tobias Grave
2 Jul 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Tobias Grave
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Supporting the Emergency Patient

Module Information

There are many different emergencies that can present to us in practice but each and every one of these patients needs triage and stabilisation to enable us to safely manage their underlying disease. This module aims to help practitioners to develop a measured approach to fluid therapy and management of circulatory shock. Specific techniques for venous access, including central line placement, will also be discussed. Blood gas analysis can be a daunting and bewildering task but our discussion surrounding acid-base disturbance will focus on providing a simplified approach to enable you to rapidly assess cases without over-complicating matters. Finally we will consider how to spot patients in need of nutritional support and how to provide this in the different clinical situations we might face.

Key learning objectives:

  • Assess, recognise and treat shock
  • Develop your appreciation of the indications for the different types of fluid therapy with their advantages and disadvantages and the need for electrolyte supplementation.
  • Review techniques for venous access : sites, catheter placement, preparations and complications including advanced techniques and intraosseous techniques
  • Have a general understanding of acid-base balance and its treatment
  • Explain the need to monitor for complications during treatment and to record central venous pressure
  • Appreciate the importance of acute malnutrition
  • Formulate a plan to provide enteral, total parenteral and partial parenteral nutrition

When

Where

Speaker

3 Sep 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Paul Higgs
17 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Paul Higgs
25 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Paul Higgs
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Respiratory Tract Emergencies

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the general approach to dyspnoea
  • Utilise and interpret a range of diagnostic techniques for respiratory patients including auscultation, radiography, endoscopy and arterial blood gas analysis to localise the underlying cause
  • Appreciate the methods of oxygen delivery and be able to monitor the efficacy of treatment
  • Review the problems associated with oxygen delivery
  • Explain the techniques available for drainage of the pleural cavity

When

Where

Speaker

4 Sep 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Paul Higgs
18 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Paul Higgs
26 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Paul Higgs
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Ophthalmological Emergencies

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform a practical ophthalmological examination
  • Recognise normal features and variants
  • Formulate a diagnostic approach to common presentations including the red eye, ocular pain, ocular discharge and blindness
  • Understand the medical and surgical management of common ocular conditions including corneal ulceration, uveitis and glaucoma
  • Consolidate your understanding of ocular manifestations of systemic disease
  • Select current ocular medications and have an understanding of therapeutics

When

Where

Speaker

30 Aug 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Claudia Hartley
19 Oct 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Claudia Hartley
24 Jul 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Claudia Hartley
15 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Claudia Hartley
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Emergencies in Rabbits, Rodents and Cage Birds

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Interpret the practical findings of a physical examination
  • Formulate a diagnostic approach to common presentations of emergency conditions
  • Manage common emergency conditions
  • Approach the anaesthesia and analgesia of these species in emergency situations

When

Where

Speaker

18 Oct 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Richard Saunders
12 Dec 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Richard Saunders
25 Jul 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Richard Saunders
14 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Richard Saunders
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

The Principles of Surgery and the Approach to Trauma and Wound Management

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Stabilise a patient prior to surgery, plan surgery and manage complications
  • Appreciate the indications for immediate surgical intervention
  • Understand surgical asepsis, theatre protocol and the rational use of anti-microbials in surgical patients
  • Approach the acute management of haemostasis, abdominal and respiratory trauma
  • Approach external soft tissue wounds, myocardial injury and musculoskeletal trauma

When

Where

Speaker

3 Dec 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Guillaume Chanoit
6 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
11 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Guillaume Chanoit
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Gastrointestinal Emergencies

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the acute abdomen
  • Understand the common emergency conditions affecting the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver and pancreas
  • Formulate a diagnostic plan, including the use of imaging modalities, and effective monitoring strategies for these cases
  • Consolidate your appreciation of appropriate surgical intervention

When

Where

Speaker

4 Dec 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Guillaume Chanoit
7 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
12 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Guillaume Chanoit
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Cardiovascular Emergencies & CPCR

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the cardiovascular assessment and management of patients presented with cardiovascular emergencies
  • Utilise and interpret a range of diagnostic techniques including ECGs, radiographs, echocardiographs and laboratory data
  • Diagnose and manage acute canine congestive heart failure, feline cardiomyopathy and aortic thromboembolism
  • Recognise and manage pericardial disease and understand how to perform pericardiocentesis
  • Identify and manage cardiac arrhythmias
  • Consider the predisposing factors likely to result in cardiac arrest, how this changes the approach to CPCR and determining prognosis following CPCR
  • Understand the various components of CPCR (DABC) and their various importance

When

Where

Speaker

14 Jan 2019 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Joao Loureiro
2 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Joao Loureiro
9 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Joao Loureiro
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Emergency Medicine & Surgery - Practical Session

Module Information

This practical day will provide you with the opportunity to practise the following techniques in the wet-lab:

  • Tracheotomy and chest drain placement
  • Emergency abdominal surgery including the approach to the acute abdomen and peritonitis, enterotomy and enterectomy
  • Gastric dilatation/ volvulus and gastropexies
  • Urinary obstruction including urethrotomy in the dog and perineal urethrostomy in the cat

When

Where

Speaker

13 Dec 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
15 Jan 2019 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Guillaume Chanoit
3 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Sheffield Guillaume Chanoit
10 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £924.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Initial 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. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS and Harper Adams University.
  5. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.

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. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment – details of which can be found above.
  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

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ABOUT IMPROVE

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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