Exotic Animal Practice

Postgraduate Certificate

This programme will leave you fully equipped to understand and treat the more varied cases and species.

Exotic pets often fill veterinary surgeons with dread as they come through the surgery door. This programme will assist you in consolidating your knowledge of exotic medicine and surgery and help you to develop an informed clinical approach to the exotic patient.

The programme includes taught sessions on all key areas and promises to bring you fully up to date with all of the current and emerging issues.The programme includes fourteen modules and in addition a dedicated Programme Tutor will provide support throughout the entire programme ensuring you are well placed for your examination.

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.

Exotic Animal Clinical Pathology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to collect diagnostic samples including sampling sites and blood volumes, faecal, urine and bone marrow samples
  • Interpret haematological profiles based on knowledge of normal values and the changes which occur in disease processes
  • Interpret biochemical profiles based on knowledge of normal values and the changes which occur in disease processes
  • Evaluate bone marrow samples
  • Understand how to collect and evaluate cytological samples
  • Appreciate microbiological investigation of exotic animals

When

Where

Speaker

15 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

Therapeutics and Immunisation

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain how various legislation relates to the pharmacy and have a knowledge of the Medicines Act 1968, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the COSHH regulations 2002
  • Understand the correct storage, dispensing and labelling of medicines
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of common therapeutic agents including anaesthetics, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, anti- microbials and anti-parasitics.
  • Immunisation of exotic patients
  • Delivery of drugs to exotic pets and zoo animals

When

Where

Speaker

16 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

Principles of Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Identify the type of fluid replacement required
  • Calculate fluid requirements
  • Appreciate different administration techniques and cannulation techniques
  • Select appropriate agents for the restraint, pre-medication, induction and maintenance of anaesthesia
  • Monitor anaesthesia
  • Apply knowledge of emergency and resuscitation techniques in anaesthesia to clinical situations if required
  • Understand the basic principles of emergency and critical care medicine of exotic pets

When

Where

Speaker

12 Mar 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

Diagnostic Imaging

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Appreciate the value of imaging techniques in mammals, reptiles and avian species including:
    • Radiography and radiology of soft tissues and the skeleton
    • Contrast media techniques
    • Ultrasonography and echocardiography
    • Principles of endoscopy including the respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts


When

Where

Speaker

13 Mar 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

Current Concepts in Surgery

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand basic surgical techniques, surgical neutering and coelomic surgery
  • Use knowledge gained to implant microchips
  • Apply knowledge gained to performing various oesophagostomy techniques
  • Understand how to repair shell and beak defects
  • Explain the use of radiosurgery in exotics
  • Approach the orthopaedic patient and understand the common fracture types in different species, the principles of internal and external fracture repair and muscle tendon adhesions

When

Where

Speaker

14 May 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Romain Pizzi

Avian Medicine and Surgery

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Investigate and treat gastro-intestinal diseases
  • Investigate and treat diseases of the upper and lower airways including the nares, sinuses, and infections such as Chlamydophilosis and Aspergillosis
  • Approach beak and feather disease and feather plucking
  • Understand urogenital tract disease including excessive egg laying, egg binding, cloacal disease and orchitis
  • Manage trauma cases including fractures

When

Where

Speaker

15 May 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Neil Forbes

Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Mice, Rats, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Degus and Gerbils

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common skin diseases including ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and endocrine disorders
  • Understand diseases affecting the gastro-intestinal tract including Tyzzer’s disease, wet tail, dental malocclusions and coccidiosis
  • Approach the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders
  • Approach the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine conditions
  • Understand the diseases which affect the reproductive and urinary tracts
  • Appreciate conditions which affect the CNS
  • Understand sebaceous gland dermatitis, reproductive and adrenal gland disease affecting the skin and behavioural induced skin disease in gerbils
  • Legislation concerning the care and use of relevant laboratory animals

When

Where

Speaker

16 Jul 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Richard Saunders

Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Rabbits

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose and treat dermatological diseases
  • Investigate and treat gastrointestinal diseases including motility disturbances, mucoid enteropathy and diarrhoea
  • Formulate a treatment plan for dental disease including overgrown teeth and traumatic injuries to teeth, treatment of abscesses and caries
  • Diagnose and treat respiratory tract disease including Pasteurellosis
  • Understand conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems including vestibular disease
  • Investigate and treat reproductive and urinary tract diseases
  • Describe common infectious diseases such as E cuniculi, myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease

When

Where

Speaker

17 Jul 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Richard Saunders

Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Ferrets and Fish

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose and treat ectoparasitic, bacterial, fungal, viral and neoplastic skin disease in ferrets
  • Diagnose and treat diseases affecting the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital systems in ferrets
  • Understand infectious diseases in ferrets such as distemper, tuberculosis, Aleutian disease and human influenza
  • Assess disease patterns, environmental factors and fish husbandry and apply these to quarantine and disease prevention strategies
  • Perform clinical examinations and have a knowledge of anaesthesia, medication and therapeutics with respect to fish
  • Diagnose and treat common skin diseases, ocular disorders, respiratory and internal disease and have an understanding of the principles of fish surgery

When

Where

Speaker

10 Sep 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Unusual Mammalian Pets, Amphibians and Invertebrates

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • The husbandry and diseases of small pet marsupials such as sugar gliders, wallabies and opossums
  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of pet skunks
  • The husbandry and diseases of Procyonids such as the raccoon and kinkajou
  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of Herpestids such as the dwarf mongoose and meerkat
  • The husbandry and conditions affecting pet amphibians
  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of invertebrates

When

Where

Speaker

11 Sep 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

Reptile Medicine and Surgery

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate an approach to the sick reptile including post hibernation anorexia and hypocalcaemic collapse
  • Diagnose and treat dermatological conditions including dysecdysis, scale rot and abscesses and metabolic, nutritional and infectious bone and shell disorders
  • Diagnose and treat common gastroenterological disorders including mouth rot, vomiting and regurgitation and liver disease
  • Approach respiratory and cardiovascular disease including pneumonia and lungworm
  • Investigate respiratory tract and reproductive disease
  • Understand the common infectious diseases of reptiles

When

Where

Speaker

12 Nov 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

Wildlife Medicine and Surgery

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the legislation relating to wild animals and welfare
  • Formulate an approach to the restraint, anaesthesia and trauma management of wild birds and mammals
  • Diagnose and manage common disorders of UK native wildlife
  • Approach rehabilitation of wildlife
  • Understand the zoonotic diseases which affect wildlife in the UK

When

Where

Speaker

13 Nov 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

Primates

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose, treat and prevent ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and neoplastic skin diseases
  • Understand gastrointestinal disease including bacterial gastroenteritis, gastric dilation, diarrhoea and dental caries
  • Appreciate diseases affecting the cardio-respiratory system
  • Understand metabolic/ nutritional bone disease, musculoskeletal and neurological disease, arthritis and limb fractures
  • Investigate and treat infectious diseases
  • Diagnose and treat diseases of the urogenital tract including endometrial, ovarian and mammary disease

When

Where

Speaker

10 Dec 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

Zoo Animal Medicine

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain modern zoo legislation and management including Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and Balai regulations 92/65 as subsequently amended
  • Approach the routine health-care management and common disease problems of zoo animals
  • Restrain zoo animals
  • Understand drug delivery systems, immobilisation and anaesthetic regimes

When

Where

Speaker

11 Dec 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling

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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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