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Feline Practice

Distance Learning Programme

Learn at your own pace, wherever you are, with our Feline Practice Distance Learning Programme

Our Feline Practice Distance Learning Programme has been developed to enable all veterinary surgeons access to our world-class teaching materials. By studying part-time, at your own pace, this programme allows you to effectively manage your work-life balance while taking essential knowledge back to practice immediately.

You’ll have support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Diploma Holder across 16 varied modules covering key feline medicine topics delivered online. This outstanding programme authored by world-class specialists offers an in-depth look at the common and also more challenging feline issues through interactive and case-based sessions.

This programme will assist you in consolidating your knowledge of feline medicine and surgery and help you develop an informed clinical approach to the feline patient.

Once you join, you will be part of an international programme with participants from all over the world.

Key features of this programme:

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16 varied modules

Covering key feline subjects delivered over 24 months

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Diploma Holder

The specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions

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Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes and exercises which test your knowledge as you work

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Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors

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Course Director

Samantha Taylor BVetMed (Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS, oversees the programme ensuring the latest Feline content

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Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are using your laptop, tablet or even your mobile

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Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress

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Dedicated Programme Tutor

A dedicated Programme Tutor who will support you every step of the way

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Interactive and engaging modules

Which allow you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. Feline clinical pathology and laboratory diagnosis
  2. Feline critical care and emergency case management
  3. Feline dermatology
  4. Feline urinary tract
  5. Feline cardiology
  6. Feline respiratory medicine
  7. Feline liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract
  8. Feline endocrinology
  9. Feline infectious diseases I
  10. Feline infectious diseases II
  11. Feline musculoskeletal disease
  12. Feline behaviour
  13. Feline ophthalmology
  14. Feline anaesthesia and surgical principles
  15. Feline neurology
  16. Feline oncology, lymphatic and haematopoietic disease
Qualifications

The Feline Practice Distance Learning Programme offers you a comprehensive range of structured learning with the ultimate flexibility to access the training that you want whilst working around your busy practice life.

You can choose to let the Programme give you new knowledge and skills to take back to practice or you can work towards a recognised qualification.

General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

By attending the full online structured programme and following successful assessment including an exam you can gain the GPCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Only registered veterinary surgeons who have been qualified for a minimum of one year can apply to undertake a General Practitioner Certificate.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

A route to a PgC in Feline Practice is available through our partnership with Harper Adams University (HAU).

The PgC is a recognised higher education qualification demonstrating that you have achieved the required standard within a designated subject. The qualification represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education.

In order to apply for this route, additional assessments will be necessary along with a requirement to attend four modules face to face. These modules can be selected from the Feline Practice attendance programmes which take place in various locations worldwide*. If this is an option you would like to pursue we would be happy to discuss this in further detail with you.

For GPCert and PgC fees please see our pricing table in the ‘Pricing’ tab above.

*We will endeavour to ensure those who select the PgC option are able to attend the four face to face modules of their choice. However, in order to maintain appropriate delegate: speaker ratios, we reserve the right to allocate the face to face modules subject to availability.

RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

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 the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes. You will also need to provide evidence of Key Professional Skills knowledge to the RCVS when applying for the Advanced Practitioner Status.

Benefits

Benefits for you:

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Progress your career and achieve academic recognition

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Develop a logical approach to cases and problem solving
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Grow your small animal caseload and revenue stream
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Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex cases

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Recognised Programmes for application to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

Benefits for your clients:

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Accelerated diagnosis
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Improved animal care

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Increase in treatment options
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Reassurance that their pet is in safe hands

Benefits for your practice:

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Increased practice revenues
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Improved productivity
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Reduced external referrals and increased practice capabilities
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Transferable knowledge and skills within practice
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Demonstrate your commitment to enhancing practice standards

Why study with us?
  • Established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons providing the highest quality training programmes
  • Now operating in 20 countries worldwide and various locations in the UK
  • Originators of modular CPD for veterinary professionals and still a company which is run by vets
  • More than 20,000 veterinarians have benefited from our modular training
  • We use world-class speakers to deliver the academic syllabus whilst ensuring content is relevant to practice
  • Our practical training facilities are purpose-built and contain the latest technology
  • Postgraduate programmes accredited by the International School of Veterinary Studies (ISVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University (HAU)
  • Our exam rate is unsurpassed – an achievable qualification and consistently high success rates

Tutors:

Alasdair Hotston Moore

MA VetMB CertSAC CertVR CertSAS MRCVS

Becky Telle

DVM

James Grierson

BVetMed Cert VR CertSAS,CertVR,DipECVS CertMedEd FHEA FRCVS
Kerry Doolin

Kerry Doolin

BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS American Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care
Kerry Rolph

Kerry Rolph

BVM&S CERTVC PHD FANZCVS DIPECVIM-CA MRCVS,RCVS Specialsit in Feline Medicine, European Specialist in Companion Animal Medicine

Kieran Borgeat

BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Mandy Burrows

BSc BVMS MANZCVS FANZCVS

Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano

DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS

Mark Lowrie

MA VetMB MVM DipECVN RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and EBVS®️ European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Nic Ilchyshyn

BSc BVSc FRCPath Dip.ECVCP MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Owen Davies

MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

Samantha Taylor

BVetMed(Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MANZCVS FRCVS

Stephanie Sorrell

BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

Susana Silva

DVM CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Small Animal Medicine

Yaiza Forcada

DVM Dip. ECVIM-CA MRCVS

Venue: Online
Start date: 1 April 2021

Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis
1 Apr 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of sampling techniques, the limitations of technology and equipment and the factors that can generate artefacts or abnormalities
  • Interpret results and propose further investigations
  • Understand the methodology involved in the generation of haematology, biochemistry and cytology profiles
  • Have an awareness of the various diagnostic tests for endocrine and infectious diseases ( viral, parasitic- including heartworm- and bacterial) the techniques used and their interpretation
  • Recall the cytology of haemic and non-haemic cell populations, both reactive and neoplastic, and have the ability to trace or plot maturation and degeneration pathways in blood, fluid and tissue smears
  • Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anaemia, haematopoietic disease and coagulopathies

Speaker: Nic Ilchyshyn BSc BVSc FRCPath Dip.ECVCP MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management
1 May 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform triage, assess patients and prioritise cases
  • Undertake emergency monitoring and stabilisation
  • Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparations and plants
  • Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR

Speaker: Kerry Doolin BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS American Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care
Feline Urinary Tract
1 Jun 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilised in cats with clinical signs of renal disease (including acute/ chronic renal insufficiency, glomerular disease, neoplasia and inherited diseases)
  • Describe the causes and emergency treatment of acute renal failure
  • Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphataemia, anaemia, proteinuria and hypertension
  • Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic renal disease to patient prognosis
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for CRI including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors and dietary modification
  • Recall the neuroanatomy of the lower urinary tract and the differentiation of upper motor neuron/ lower motor neuron defects
  • Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including FLUTD, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment and dietary management

Speaker: Susana Silva DVM CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Small Animal Medicine
Feline Dermatology
1 Jul 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate a differential diagnosis, investigation plan (including laboratory investigations) for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Have knowledge of treatment strategies for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Be aware of and be able to recognise dermatological manifestations of systemic disease

Speaker: Mandy Burrows BSc BVMS MANZCVS FANZCVS
Feline Cardiology
1 Sep 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise the importance of a detailed history and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Review and understand the common causes of heart disease in cats
  • Consolidate your understanding of the central importance of blood pressure in the pathophysiology of cardiac disease in cats and know how to discriminate the causes of hypertension in this species
  • Define the crucial role of high quality imaging modalities (especially ultrasonography and radiology) in the differential diagnosis of feline cardiopulmonary diseases

Speaker: Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Feline Respiratory Medicine
1 Oct 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the common presentations of respiratory disease including nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing, stertor, stridor, sneezing and reverse sneezing
  • Diagnose and treat upper respiratory tract diseases, both acute (infectious) and chronic (inflammatory or infectious or neoplastic in origin)
  • Formulate an approach to allergic lower respiratory tract disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and treatment of allergic airway disease, parasitic disease and pulmonary fibrosis
  • Understand pleural space disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and therapeutics

Speaker: Kerry Rolph BVM&S CERTVC PHD FANZCVS DIPECVIM-CA MRCVS,RCVS Specialsit in Feline Medicine, European Specialist in Companion Animal Medicine
Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract
1 Nov 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Know how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas
  • Describe the various tests used in the diagnosis of liver and pancreatic disease and the management options for the common hepatic medical disorders
  • Approach the nutritional management of disorders of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract

Speaker: Samantha Taylor BVetMed(Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MANZCVS FRCVS
Feline Endocrinology
3 Jan 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis – including hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism and hyperadrenocorticism
  • Describe the principles of key diagnostic tests and their application for the above feline endocrine diseases
  • Understand the management of common feline endocrine diseases and know how to approach complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar syndrome

Speaker: Yaiza Forcada DVM Dip. ECVIM-CA MRCVS
Feline Infectious Diseases I
1 Feb 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe health and safety concerns and precautions relating to zoonoses
  • Understand the legislation and regulations relating to infectious diseases
  • Design and implement vaccination and preventative parasitic programmes
  • Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment of common viral diseases including FeLV, FIV and FIP
  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections

Speaker: Stephanie Sorrell BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine
Feline Infectious Diseases II
1 Mar 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the diseases of hunting cats including Toxoplasmosis, Pox virus, Mycobacterial disease and Salmonellosis
  • Approach enteric infections of the cat including protozoal disease (Trichomonas foetus, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Isospora) and bacterial/ viral disease
  • Understand fungal mycoses
  • Control infectious and zoonotic disease in the home, clinic, shelters and cattery situations

Speaker: Stephanie Sorrell BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine
Feline Musculoskeletal Disease
2 May 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform an orthopaedic examination and be familiar with the presentation of osteoarthritis in the cat
  • Understand the value of radiography, synoviocentesis, muscle and nerve biopsies
  • Apply first aid techniques to fracture patients
  • Explain the principles of orthopaedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures

Speaker: James Grierson BVetMed Cert VR CertSAS,CertVR,DipECVS CertMedEd FHEA FRCVS
Feline Behaviour
1 Jun 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Consolidate your understanding of normal cat behaviour
  • Understand the clinical causes of feline behavioural problems
  • Formulate an approach to common problems such as inappropriate toiletting, spraying, aggression and compulsive disorders
  • Review and apply strategies for improving core territory security
  • Have a good knowledge of the principal behavioural modifying drugs, their use and potential side effects

Speaker: To be confirmed
Feline Ophthalmology
1 Jul 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal feline eye and use readily available diagnostic equipment and disposables in feline ophthalmic cases
  • Recognise those ophthalmic conditions which are unique to the cat or are particularly important in this species
  • Perform common surgical procedures pertinent to feline ophthalmology
  • Approach the medical management of ophthalmic patients
  • Know when to refer a patient

Speaker: Becky Telle DVM
Feline Anaesthesia and Surgical Principles
1 Sep 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Apply knowledge gained to surgical asepsis and theatre protocol
  • Rationally utilise antibiotics in surgical patients
  • Be familiar with suture materials and patterns, surgical instruments and tissue handling
  • Plan surgery, apply haemostatic techniques and manage crises
  • Approach the management and reconstruction of wounds

Online Anaesthesia component:

  • Describe a range of parenteral and inhalational anaesthetic regimes
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics of different anaesthetics and monitoring techniques available

Speaker: Alasdair Hotston Moore MA VetMB CertSAC CertVR CertSAS MRCVS
Speaker: Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS
Feline Neurology
3 Oct 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical signs associated with neurological disease
  • Perform a neurological assessment and understand what the tests evaluate and their interpretation
  • Describe how to localise lesions and the value this provides to the clinician
  • Plan a neurological investigation and understand the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localisation
  • Approach abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases
  • Be familiar with the common myopathies including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment

Speaker: Mark Lowrie MA VetMB MVM DipECVN RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and EBVS®️ European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
Feline Oncology
1 Nov 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical relevance of tumour biology and be able to discuss the most common neoplasms of the major organ systems
  • Evaluate the evidence base to make rational treatment decisions for feline cancer patients
  • Review the importance of biopsy and staging in therapy decision making, counselling and support

Speaker: Owen Davies MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

Feline Practice Distance Learning Pricing

Payments Initial
Payment
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Payable
Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
a) GPCert Programme£6,495.00£0.00£6,495.00
b) GPCert Programme initial payment and remaining balance£5,500.00£995.00£6,495.00
c) GPCert Programme initial payment and 12 monthly instalments£477.00£995.00£6,719.00
d) GPCert Programme initial payment and 20 monthly instalments £295.00£995.00£6,895.00
e) PgC/GPCert Programme full course with additional cost for 4 face to face modules£10,495.00£0.00£10,495.00
f) PgC/GPCert Programme full course initial payment and 12 monthly instalments with additional cost for 4 face to face modules£833.00£995.00£10,991.00
g) PgC/GPCert Programme full course initial payment and 20 monthly instalments with additional cost for 4 face to face modules£514.00£995.00£11,275.00
All programme prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees. PgC option also includes Harper Adams University registration and assessment fees.

Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. Payments can be made by BACS, credit card or Direct Debit.
  2. Direct Debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by GoCardless Limited.
  3. In certain circumstances, multiple booking and corporate discounts are available, please contact us on 01793 759159 for further information.
  4. In order to confirm your place, we must receive payment in full or the relevant initial payment.
  5. In addition, if paying by Direct Debit, we must receive the completed mandate prior to course commencement.
  6. Please also see our full terms and conditions on our website – www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions.

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.

Distance Learning

Who can enrol on the Distance Learning programmes?
What does the GPCert consist of?
What qualifications are needed for taking the programme if coming from another non-European country?
What does the PgC consist of?
When is the learning content available for each module?
Is the PgC programme recognised by other countries?
Can I do the GPCert and the PgC at the same time?
What additional learning resources are available?
Does the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) programme differ from the GPCert?
When do the exams take place?
Which modules do I choose for the PgC and when do I have to choose them?
How many hours per week will I have to spend on the programme?
Is the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) all online?
How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?
How do I register for the GPCert and/or the PgC?
What do the case logs for the case diary consist of?
Can I defer a module?
If coming from a non-European country – how would face to face module attendance work for the PgC?
Feline Practice Distance Learning
1 Apr 2021 – 30 Nov 2022
16 Online Modules
Samantha Taylor, Alasdair Hotston Moore, James Grierson, Kieran Borgeat, Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano, Owen Davies, Mark Lowrie, Yaiza Forcada, Stephanie Sorrell, Susana Silva, Nic Ilchyshyn, Becky Telle, Kerry Doolin, Mandy Burrows, Kerry Rolph
GPCert or PgC
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
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The lecturers were engaging and enthusiastic and this ensured plenty of group discussion to aid the learning process during the modules. I have already noticed a vast improvement in my clinical confidence and abilities and now am even more driven to continue learning.

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