Feline Practice

Postgraduate Certificate

This outstanding programme taught by world class speakers offers an in-depth look at the common and also more challenging feline issues through taught, interactive and case-based sessions.

With feline pet ownership overtaking dogs in the UK, vets are being presented with challenging feline cases every day. 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.

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 the second year of the programme to achieve 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.

Inclusive learning support 

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A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts

Access to our online learning management system: Moodle – This provides access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources, including surgical videos and webinars

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

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Places on the programme are limited to ensure the best possible learning experience

Frequently Asked Questions

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Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

6 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kathleen Tennant

Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

7 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicola Grint

Feline Urinary Tract

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

3 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Susana Silva

Feline Dermatology

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

4 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Peter Forsythe

Feline Cardiology

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

6 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Simpson

Feline Respiratory Medicine

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

7 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Simpson

Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

6 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Tim Gruffydd-Jones
4 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Tim Gruffydd-Jones

Feline Endocrinology

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

7 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nick Bexfield
5 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nick Bexfield

Feline Infectious Diseases I

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

4 Jul 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Simpson
2 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Simpson

Feline Infectious Diseases II

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

5 Jul 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Simpson
3 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Simpson

Feline Musculoskeletal Disease

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

12 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon James Grierson
10 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon James Grierson

Feline Behaviour

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

13 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sarah Heath
11 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sarah Heath

Feline Ophthalmology

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

10 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Smith
8 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Smith

Feline Anaesthesia and Surgical Principles

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

11 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
9 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit

Feline Neurology

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

14 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Laurent Garosi
12 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Mark Lowrie

Feline Oncology, Lymphatic and Haematopoietic Disease

Module Information

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
  • Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anaemia, haematopoietic disease and coagulopathies

When

Where

Speaker

15 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Ana Lara
13 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Ana Lara

Feline Practice Pricing

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Full Course (Valid until 1st May 2019) £8,285.55 £0.00 £8,285.55
Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments (Valid until 1st May 2019) £645.75 £924.00 £8,673.00
Deposit and Payment in Full (Valid until 1st May 2019) £7,361.55 £924.00 £8,285.55
Full Course £8,995.00 £0.00 £8,995.00
Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments £710.00 £995.00 £9,515.00
Deposit and Payment in Full £8,000.00 £995.00 £8,995.00

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  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £924.00 is due on registration. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  3. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS and Harper Adams University.
  4. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  5. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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  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.

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I decided to study for Improve International’s PgC in Feline Medicine in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases.  Read more... Jennifer Sinclair , Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Companion Care Vets

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