Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate

Advance Your Orthopaedic Skills With A New Qualification

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate (GPAdvCert)

This new qualification has been developed for veterinary professionals who wish to advance their knowledge and practical skills, progress their academic qualifications and gain recognition in their field.

Accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University (HAU), the GPAdvCert in Small Animal Orthopaedics is the first of many “next steps” programmes to be launched under this new postgraduate level qualification.

Practical and Condensed Learning

Through interactive and engaging lectures, demonstrations and practical application, a small team of world-class clinicians will provide you with the very latest information in small animal orthopaedics, and closely supervise your practise of new surgical techniques and more advanced procedures in a wet-lab environment.

The GPAdvCert in Small Animal Orthopaedics is for veterinary surgeons who have already completed their General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (GPCert SAS) or Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in Small Animal Surgery and want to deepen their knowledge in this technically skilled area. There is also an option for your colleagues who hold an equivalent qualification from another provider to also join this programme.

Advance your skills

This 15 module programme – spread over 3x5 day blocks, has been designed for veterinary surgeons who want to progress their orthopaedic skills to the next level. (Previous experience to certificate level in small animal orthopaedics is essential in order to benefit most from this programme).

  • Each module will be presented by two orthopaedic specialists (ECVS or ACVS diplomates) allowing you plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive practical instruction.
  • A step-by-step decision-making process will help you make the best choice in treating orthopaedic conditions and numerous case studies will be used to place theoretical concepts into practice.
  • 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.
  • Practical hands-on experience will be gained on every module in excellent wet-lab facilities at three different European venues. The latest equipment will be provided to accelerate your learning.
  • You will also be able to observe demonstrations of more complex procedures such as CUE, PAUL and THR. The availability of radiography will allow you to critically assess your practical work.
  • A dedicated Programme Tutor will support you during your programme.
  • A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts.
  • Access to one year’s subscription of our online Bitesize CPD platform, providing you with the latest updates in clinical subjects, worth £299 + VAT.

 

State of the art training facilities

Our practical training centres have the latest purpose built wet-lab facilities which reflect the veterinary surgical environment. With surgical stations, operating theatre lighting and a wide choice of surgical equipment you will be able to practise skills under the direction of leading specialists.

Find out more about these venues by clicking the images below ……

Sheffield, UK

Cremona, Italy

Cremona Practical Facilities

Madrid, Spain

This programme is kindly sponsored by:

Pelvic Surgery I - Coxofemoral Luxation & Hip Dysplasia

Module Information

By the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of coxofemoral luxations
  • Diagnosis and treatment of hip dysplasia
  • How to treat a luxated hip using a toggle pin
  • How to perform a juvenile symphysiodesis
  • How to perform a triple pelvic osteotomy
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

26 Feb 2018 (9:00-17:00) Cremona Bruno Peirone|Lisa Piras

Pelvic Surgery II - Total Hip Replacement

Module Information

By the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Indications of Total Hip Replacement
  • Complications of Total Hip Replacement
  • How to perform Total Hip Replacement using the Biomedtrix system (CFX, BFX and hybrid)
  • How to perform Total Hip Replacement using the Kyon system
Delegates will be demonstrated total hip replacement using the Biomedtrix / Kyon system in a wet lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

27 Feb 2018 (9:00-17:00) Cremona Aldo Vezonni|Ulrike Matis

Stifle Surgery I - TPLO & TTA

Module Information

By the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of performing a TPLO or TTA
  • Complications of TPLOs and TTAs
  • How to perform a TPLO
  • How to perform a TTA
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

28 Feb 2018 (9:00-17:00) Cremona Aldo Vezonni|Ulrike Matis

Stifle Surgery II - CBLO & CCWO

Module Information

By the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of performing a CBLO or CCWO
  • Complications of CBLOs and CCWOs
  • How to perform a CBLO
  • How to perform a CCWO
Delegates will practise a CCWOs and a CBLO in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

1 Mar 2018 (9:00-17:00) Cremona Hugo Schmoekel|Ditte Skytte

General Hindimb Surgery - Patella Alta; Tibial and Femoral Procedures

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • How to correct a patella alta
  • How perform a tibial crest transposition in combination with a TTA / TPLO / CBLO
  • How to perform femoral osteotomies to correct femoral deformities predisposing patellar luxation
  • How to perform tibial osteotomies to correct tibial deformities predisposing patellar luxation
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

2 Mar 2018 (9:00-17:00) Cremona Hugo Schmoekel|Ditte Skytte

Arthroscopic Procedures I

Module Information

At the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Review the instrumentation necessary for arthroscopic procedures
  • Discuss common joint pathology
  • Understand the indications for arthroscopy
  • Understand patient preparation and the creation of portals for elbow, shoulder and stifle arthroscopy
Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

11 Jun 2018 (9:00-17:00) Madrid Pilar Lafuente|Ulrich Rytz

Arthroscopic Procedures II

Module Information

At the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the limitations and possible complications of arthroscopic procedures
  • Perform an arthroscopic examination of the elbow, shoulder and stifle joints
  • Perform simple arthroscopic surgery of the elbow, shoulder and stifle joints
Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

12 Jun 2018 (9:00-17:00) Madrid Pilar Lafuente|Ulrich Rytz

Shoulder Surgery

Module Information


At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Indications for salvage procedures of the shoulder joint
  • How to perform an excision arthroplasty of the shoulder joint
  • How to perform an arthrodesis of the shoulder joint
  • How to apply a velpeau sling or spica splint
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment.

When

Where

Speaker

13 Jun 2018 (9:00-17:00) Madrid Pilar Lafuente|Alberto Gines

Elbow Surgery I

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of un-united anconeal process
  • Diagnosis and treatment of elbow incongruence
  • How to reattach an un-united anconeal process using a lag screw
  • How to perform proximal and distal ulna osteotomies / ostectomies
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

14 Jun 2018 (9:00-17:00) Madrid Alexandre Caron|Alessandro Andreoni

Elbow Surgery II

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Indications of performing a canine unicompartimental elbow (CUE) procedure
  • Indications of performing a proximal abducting ulna (PAUL) procedure
  • How to perform a CUE procedure
  • How to perform a PAUL procedure
Delegates will be demonstrated a CUE and a PAUL in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

15 Jun 2018 (9:00-17:00) Madrid Felipe de Vicente

Achilles Tendon and Tarsal Surgery

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • How to diagnose and treat Achilles tendon disease
  • How to stabilise a luxated tarsal joint using ligament replacement / augmentation techniques
  • How to perform a pantarsal arthrodesis
  • How to perform a partial tarsal arthrodesis
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

8 Oct 2018 (9:00-17:00) Sheffield Scott Rutherford|Stephen Clarke

Limb Fractures I - Internal Fixation

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • General principles of internal fixation
  • How to treat humeral condylar fractures (unicondylar / bicondylar)
  • How to reduce and stabilise fractures of the acetabulum
  • How to reduce and stabilise carpal fractures
  • How to reduce and stabilise tarsal fractures
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

9 Oct 2018 (9:00-17:00) Sheffield Heidi Radke|Richard Meeson

Limb Fractures II - External Fixation

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • General principles and of external skeletal fixation
  • How to stabilise radial fractures with a type Ib linear ESF frame
  • How to stabilise tibial fractures with a type IIb linear ESF frame
  • How to stabilise humeral and femoral fractures using a linear ESF frame / tie in configuration
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

10 Oct 2018 (9:00-17:00) Sheffield Hannes Bergmann|Mark Longley

Neurosurgery I

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • How to perform a neurological examination and to localise a spinal lesion
  • How to perform CSF taps and myelographies
  • Understand the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of intervertebral disc disease
  • How to perform a hemilaminectomy to decompress the thoraco-lumbar spine
  • How to perform a dorsal laminectomy to decompress the lumbo-sacral spine
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

11 Oct 2018 (9:00-17:00) Sheffield Sebastien Behr|Bill Oxley

Neurosurgery II

Module Information

At the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of:

  • Cervical disc disease
  • Cervical spondylomyelopathy
  • How to perform a ventral slot
  • How to stabilise vertebral fractures
Delegates will practise the above procedures in a wet-lab environment

When

Where

Speaker

12 Oct 2018 (9:00-17:00) Sheffield Sebastien Behr|Bill Oxley

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  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £924.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. Deposits 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.

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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