Small Animal Medicine

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate
The General Practitioner Advanced Certificate (GPAdvCert) in Small Animal Medicine is an advanced level ‘next-step’ programme for veterinary professionals who may 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) or equivalent qualifications from other providers.
You can also attend this programme even if you do not hold a postgraduate qualification, however, the GPAdvCert award route is only available to those delegates who hold or intend to obtain the appropriate GPCert/PgC award or equivalent.

Each module has been designed to progress your knowledge beyond Postgraduate Certificate level with more in-depth and advanced content covering topics as diverse as mycobacterial and ureteric disease.

Delivered across three, five-day blocks based in Swindon (UK), this programme is designed for veterinary surgeons who want to deepen their knowledge and manage cases requiring complex therapeutic management with confidence.

 

Advance your diagnostic skills and knowledge

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Group sizes will be strictly limited to enable an excellent learning experience

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Experienced European and American Diplomates will provide you with the very latest developments in small animal medicine

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Practical sessions covering, upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, abdominal ultrasound, echocardiography and CSF sampling

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Step by step decision-making processes will enable you to make the best choice when investigating and managing a wide variety of medical conditions

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Numerous case examples will be used to help you relate your theoretical knowledge to clinical practice

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Improve your ability to investigate gastrointestinal disease

Your journey through our programme

Throughout the programme, you will be provided with a variety of resources to give you the most up-to-date and in-depth knowledge in Small Animal Medicine.

The programme is spread over 3×5 day blocks and has been designed for veterinary surgeons who want to progress their small animal medicine skills to the next level.

  • Each module will be presented by small animal medicine experts allowing you plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive detailed practical instruction
  • Direct access to leading medicine specialists at every module
  • The sessions will be complemented by an online learning platform providing access to notes, case discussions via a closed forum and further resources such as videos and reading references
  • A subscription to Harper Adam’s e-library providing access to 1,000’s of clinical articles and abstracts*
  • A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their programme to ensure a rewarding and successful journey

*only for those registered with HAU to progress to PgD.

Module tutors

Leading speakers:

Nick Bexfield BVetMed PhD DSAM DipECVIM(CA) FSBiol MRCVS – Course Director

Kostas Papasouliotis D.V.M.(Thessaloniki) PhD (Bristol) DipRCPath DipECVCP MRCVS

James Swann MA VetMB DACVIM DECVIM MRCVS

Lucy Davison MA VetMB PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Jane Dobson MA BVetMed DVetMed DipECVIM-CA (IntMed Oncol RadOnc) MRCVS

Simon Platt BVM&S Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) Diplomate ECVN MRCVS

Simon Tappin MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS

Ed Hall MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS

Paul Higgs MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

 

Modules at a glance

Swindon, UK

1 Clinical Pathology and cytology
2 Diagnostic Imaging
3 Immunology
4 Endocrinology
5 Medical Oncology

6 Cardiovascular Medicine
7 Medical Neurology
8 Urology
9 Infectious Disease
10 Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

11 Gastrointestinal I
12 Gastrointestinal II
13 Practical Therapeutic Techniques
14 Practical Diagnostic Imaging
15 Respiratory Medicine

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Hand-picked training centres

The GPAdvCert in Small Animal Medicine is delivered in Swindon, (UK) selected to give you an excellent learning environment and a state-of-the-art practical training facility.

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 14 November 2022

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine
14 Nov 2022
24 Feb 2023
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15 Day Course
Swindon
Chris Linney, Ed Hall, Laurent Garosi, Luca Ferasin, Lucy Davison, Nick Bexfield, Simon Tappin, Luís Mesquita, Kostas Papasouliotis, Jane Dobson, Benoît Cuq, Nora Romero-Fernández
From £10,995.00 + VAT

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Standing out in the crowd – how my journey to Advanced Practitioner Status opened up new opportunities and instilled a passion for career development Dr. Magdalena (Maggie) Doherty qualified from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland in 2003.  Moving to the UK (and having learned English), she worked in small animal […] Read more... Dr Magdalena Doherty

DVM MRCVS PgC GP CERT (SAM) Advanced Practitioner

The teaching at Improve is excellent and I have been able to take what I have learnt back to use in practice. It’s not just the lectures themselves but the practical work we did straight afterwards which drives home everything, which is why Improve’s modular programmes are so great. The difference it’s made in the […] Read more... Garrick Ponte

BVSc GPCert(SAM) MRCVS

I chose Improve International as they are an established company, they’ve got a good reputation and I have done a number of courses with them previously and had access to top qualified speakers. Read more... Robyn Farquhar

BVSc GPCert(SAM) MRCVS

Clinical Pathology & Cytology
14 Nov 2022 | Swindon
  1. Describe the laboratory evaluation of lipid disorders
  2. Identify red and white blood cell disorders
  3. Recognise the different cytological characteristics of effusions, CSF and joint fluid
  4. Identify the cytological appearance of common cutaneous lesions
  5. Recognise the cytological appearance of lymph node pathology

Speaker: Kostas Papasouliotis DVM PhD DipRCPath (Vet.Clin.Path.) DipECVCP MRCVS
Endocrinology
15 Nov 2022 | Swindon

1. Apply the underlying principles of endocrine anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology

2. Evaluate the current literature on the aetiology and management of canine and feline diabetes mellitus

3. Describe how to recognise and manage feline acromegaly

4. Discuss how to investigate and manage the patient with abnormalities of serum sodium and potassium

5. Recognise how to diagnose and manage the patient with atypical adrenal gland disorder

6. Explain how disorders of the parathyroid gland are diagnosed and managed


Speaker: Lucy Davison VetMB MA,CertSAM,PhD,DipECVIM-CA,DSAM MRCVS
Cardiovascular Medicine
16 Nov 2022 | Swindon

1. Describe how to identify and manage arrhythmias

2. Appraise the current literature on the management of canine cardiac diseases

3. Appraise the current literature on the management of feline cardiac diseases

4. Review the cardiac biomarkers and their clinical use in dogs and cats

5. Discuss the application of interventional cardiac procedures

6. Understand the basic principle of echocardiography and its role in the diagnosis of cardiac diseases


Speaker: Luca Ferasin DVM PhD CertVC PGCert(HE) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) GPCert(B&PS) FRCVS EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
Immunology
17 Nov 2022 | Swindon
  1. Understand the basis of immune function and the immune response
  2. Explain how to diagnose immune-mediated diseases
  3. Discuss advances in immune-modulatory drug therapy
  4. Appraise the evidence-base for the management of IMHA and ITP
  5. Recognise how to diagnose the patient with an immunodeficiency

Speaker: Nora Romero-Fernández DVM DipACVIM (SAIM) DipECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine) MRCVS American, European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Medical Neurology
18 Nov 2022 | Swindon

1. Understand the principles of functional neuroatatomy

2. Discuss advances in the aetiopathogenesis and management of seizures

3. Recognise how to diagnose and manage disorders of peripheral nerves

4. Discuss how to manage inflammatory disorders of the CNS

5. Describe the diagnosis and management of muscle disorders


Speaker: Laurent Garosi DipECVN MRCVS
Urology
16 Jan 2023 | Swindon

1. Evaluate the current literature on the aetiopathogenesis and management of chronic renal failure

2. Describe the therapeutic approach to the patient with acute renal failure

3. Recognise the pathophysiology of glomerular disease in dogs

4. Explain how to diagnose and manage a dog with glomerular disease

5. Evaluate and manage the patient with a non-responsive urinary tract infection

6. Describe the diagnosis and management of ureteric diseases


Speaker: Benoît Cuq DMV, Dipl. ACVIM-SAIM
Medical Oncology
17 Jan 2023 | Swindon
  1. Explain the principles of tumour biology and staging
  2. Discuss molecular testing for lymphoproliferative diseases
  3. Discuss how to manage tumours of the haemopoietic system
  4. Recognise the indications for radiotherapy
  5. Describe advances in management of common tumours

Speaker: To be confirmed.
Diagnostic Imaging
18 Jan 2023 | Swindon
  1. Discuss the indications for CT and MRI
  2. Interpret CT images of the thorax and nasal chambers
  3. Describe the technique of ultrasound guided sample collection
  4. Explain the indications and technique for fluoroscopy and contrast angiography

Speaker: Luís Mesquita DVM, DipECVDI MRCVS
Respiratory Medicine
19 Jan 2023 | Swindon
  1. Review the optimal procedure for bronchoscopy and airway sampling
  2. Explain the use of CT in the diagnosis of respiratory tract disease
  3. Describe the management of bronchial diseases and selected disorders of the pleural space
  4. Discuss the diagnosis and management of pulmonary hypertension
  5. Interpret thoracic radiographs from real life clinical cases

Speaker: Luís Mesquita DVM, DipECVDI MRCVS
Speaker: Nora Romero-Fernández DVM DipACVIM (SAIM) DipECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine) MRCVS American, European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Practical Diagnostic Imaging
20 Jan 2023 | Swindon
  1. Practice abdominal ultrasonography and recognise how to identify the adrenal glands, pancreas and lymph nodes
  2. Describe the techniques of ultrasound guided sampling and practice these techniques on models
  3. Review the theory and practice of echocardiography and practice this on live animals
  4. The standard echocardiographic views and how to optimise them
  5. The useful ultrasonic measurements needed to make a diagnosis

Speaker: Chris Linney BVSc MSc GPCertSAP CertAVP(VC) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
Speaker: Luís Mesquita DVM, DipECVDI MRCVS
Infectious Disease
20 Feb 2023 | Swindon

1. Discuss molecular testing for infectious diseases

2. Evaluate the current literature on the diagnosis and management of leptospirosis

3. Review advances in the diagnosis and management of feline infectious peritonitis

4. Appreciate the aetiology, epidemiology and management of polysystemic protozoal infections

5. Recognise how to diagnose and manage emerging conditions including mycobacterial diseases and cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy

6. Describe the clinical signs, diagnosis and management of imported diseases including ehrlichiosis, leishmaniosis and babesiosis


Speaker: Simon Tappin MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS
Emergency Medicine and Critical care
21 Feb 2023 | Swindon

1. Interpret the results of blood gas analysis

2. Describe the latest developments in blood transfusion medicine

3. Explain how to identify and manage shock and systemic inflammatory response syndrome

4. Explain how to sedate the critically ill patient

5. Appreciate the advances in analgesia for patients with medical disorders

6. Discuss the indications for continuous renal replacement therapies


Speaker: Simon Tappin MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS
Gastrointestinal I
22 Feb 2023 | Swindon

1. Describe how to diagnose and manage oesophageal disease

2. Evaluate the current literature on the aetiopathogenesis and management of inflammatory bowel disease and small cell lymphoma

3. Recognise the role of bacteria in canine and feline gastrointestinal disease

4. Explain the indications and technique for gastrointestinal tract endoscopy

5. Perform an upper and lower gastrointestinal tract endoscopy


Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Gastrointestinal II
23 Feb 2023 | Swindon

1. Discuss the latest developments in the diagnosis and management of canine chronic liver disease

2. Evaluate the current literature on the management of portosystemic shunts

3. Describe an approach to the cat with inflammatory liver disease

4. Review the diagnostic tests and management options for canine and feline acute pancreatitis


Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Practical Therapeutic Techniques
24 Feb 2023 | Swindon

1. Recognise the indications and contraindications for enteral nutrition

2. Practice how to place a nasooesophageal and oesophagostomy tube

3. Describe how to place and manage a central venous catheter

4. Recognise and practice the indications and technique for placement of a thoracic drain

5. Practice the techniques for bone marrow aspiration, arthrocentesis and CSF sampling


Speaker: Nick Bexfield BVetMed PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA PGDipMEdSci PGCHE FHEA MRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 14 November 2022

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine
14 Nov 2022
24 Feb 2023
p
15 Day Course
Swindon
Chris Linney, Ed Hall, Laurent Garosi, Luca Ferasin, Lucy Davison, Nick Bexfield, Simon Tappin, Luís Mesquita, Kostas Papasouliotis, Jane Dobson, Benoît Cuq, Nora Romero-Fernández
From £10,995.00 + VAT

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All GPAdvCert exam fees are included in the course fees however if you do not hold the appropriate GPCert entry criteria then additional fees will be incurred to achieve the entry criteria – please contact ISVPS to discuss this further.

 

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  1. A non-refundable initial payment is due on registration. Initial payments can be paid by cheque, credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Full payment to be made by BACS, card or cheque within 30 days of the deposit payment 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. Multiple booking discounts available. Please contact us on 01793 759159 for further information.
  5. If paying by direct debit we must receive the first payment prior to the course commencing.
  6. You will be charged VAT by default.  If you are part of an EU country outside of the UK and you have a valid intra-community VAT number the invoice will be exempt of VAT.
  7. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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  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.

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 14 November 2022

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine
14 Nov 2022
24 Feb 2023
p
15 Day Course
Swindon
Chris Linney, Ed Hall, Laurent Garosi, Luca Ferasin, Lucy Davison, Nick Bexfield, Simon Tappin, Luís Mesquita, Kostas Papasouliotis, Jane Dobson, Benoît Cuq, Nora Romero-Fernández
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What do our customers think of our training?

Standing out in the crowd – how my journey to Advanced Practitioner Status opened up new opportunities and instilled a passion for career development Dr. Magdalena (Maggie) Doherty qualified from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland in 2003.  Moving to the UK (and having learned English), she worked in small animal […] Read more... Dr Magdalena Doherty

DVM MRCVS PgC GP CERT (SAM) Advanced Practitioner

The teaching at Improve is excellent and I have been able to take what I have learnt back to use in practice. It’s not just the lectures themselves but the practical work we did straight afterwards which drives home everything, which is why Improve’s modular programmes are so great. The difference it’s made in the […] Read more... Garrick Ponte

BVSc GPCert(SAM) MRCVS

I chose Improve International as they are an established company, they’ve got a good reputation and I have done a number of courses with them previously and had access to top qualified speakers. Read more... Robyn Farquhar

BVSc GPCert(SAM) MRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 14 November 2022

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine
14 Nov 2022
24 Feb 2023
p
15 Day Course
Swindon
Chris Linney, Ed Hall, Laurent Garosi, Luca Ferasin, Lucy Davison, Nick Bexfield, Simon Tappin, Luís Mesquita, Kostas Papasouliotis, Jane Dobson, Benoît Cuq, Nora Romero-Fernández
From £10,995.00 + VAT

In partnership with

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What do our customers think of our training?

Standing out in the crowd – how my journey to Advanced Practitioner Status opened up new opportunities and instilled a passion for career development Dr. Magdalena (Maggie) Doherty qualified from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland in 2003.  Moving to the UK (and having learned English), she worked in small animal […] Read more... Dr Magdalena Doherty

DVM MRCVS PgC GP CERT (SAM) Advanced Practitioner

The teaching at Improve is excellent and I have been able to take what I have learnt back to use in practice. It’s not just the lectures themselves but the practical work we did straight afterwards which drives home everything, which is why Improve’s modular programmes are so great. The difference it’s made in the […] Read more... Garrick Ponte

BVSc GPCert(SAM) MRCVS

I chose Improve International as they are an established company, they’ve got a good reputation and I have done a number of courses with them previously and had access to top qualified speakers. Read more... Robyn Farquhar

BVSc GPCert(SAM) MRCVS