Ophthalmology

Postgraduate Certificate

This two year programme will provide you with a thorough understanding of the anatomy, development and physiology of the eye and will cover the full spectrum of ocular diseases seen in the domestic species.

The principles of inherited ocular disease, ocular pharmacology and therapeutics, ocular pathology and ocular surgery will be discussed.

The programme consists of fourteen modules and includes two practical modules to enable you to consolidate your learning in a safe environment.

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

Practical components 

Apply theory to practice in our state-of-the-art practical training rooms. This programme allows you to develop your practical skills in the following areas: 

  • Examination of the eye 
  • Anatomy and physiology of the eye, basic embryology and histology 
  • Ophthalmic surgery – practical techniques day I
  • ophthalmic surgery – practical surgery day II

Frequently Asked Questions

Postgraduate Certificates

What is a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)?
What is the criteria for enrolment?
Over what time period can I take the taught modules?
Are Improve’s Postgraduate Certificates academically equivalent to the RCVS CertAVP and other postgraduate certificates?
I have previously achieved a GPCert. Can I use this towards a PgC?
Is my practice suitable for studying towards a postgraduate certificate?
Where are the taught programmes held?
How are Improve’s PgC programmes different to other providers?
How many hours will I spend on my certificate?
How will I be assessed?
What resources will be available to support me through the PgC?
Will Improve’s PgCs enable me to apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status?
How can I fit a modular CPD programme into my busy life?
I want to register on a modular course but I may be away for some of the modules. Does this mean I will miss out?

Examination of the Eye

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform a confident ocular examination by using diagnostic ophthalmic instruments including focal illumination, the direct ophthalmoscope, slit lamp biomicroscope and indirect ophthalmoscope
  • Practise tonometry
  • Develop your ability to perform gonioscopy
  • Review more advanced and specialist techniques available for ophthalmic diagnosis including radiography, electroretinography, ultrasound, CT and MRI scans
  • Revise diagnostic cytology, microbiology and biopsy sampling and appreciate the applications of the different methods of investigation
  • Describe a systematic approach to the investigation of ophthalmology cases including accurate record keeping

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*20 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Lorraine Fleming
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye, Basic Embryology and Histology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand basic ophthalmic embryology and post natal ocular development
  • Describe comprehensively the anatomy of the eye
  • Extend your understanding of ocular physiology including the tear film, aqueous production, lens metabolism and retinal physiology
  • Appreciate the normal and pathological appearance of histological samples including the significance of abnormalities detected
  • Understand basic ocular immunology

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*21 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Lorraine Fleming
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Ocular Therapeutics and Pharmacology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the principles of medicating the eye
  • Understand topical and systemic drug administration
  • Explain vehicles and preparations for ophthalmic drug administration
  • Appreciate classes of drugs
  • Choose the correct drug for common ophthalmic conditions

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*25 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Claudia Hartley
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

The Orbit and Globe, Eyelids and Nictitans Membranes

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy and clinical conditions involving the orbit, globe, eyelids and nictitans membranes (third eyelids)
  • Review the presenting signs of and differential diagnoses for congenital and acquired orbital disease
  • Understand the effect of facial conformation on globe and eyelid position and its associated effects
  • Appreciate breed predispositions and species differences
  • Become familiar with the aetiopathogenesis of proptosis and its treatment options
  • Recognise the different types of entropion and ectropion and their impact on ocular health
  • Understand the aetiopathogenesis of nictitans membrane disorders

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*26 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Claudia Hartley
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

The Conjunctiva and Naso-lacrimal System and how to write a Case Report

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy of the conjunctiva and understand the aetiopathogenesis of conjunctival disease and its treatment
  • Perfect your knowledge of the nasolacrimal system and abnormalities that can affect it
  • Understand secretory and excretory components, normal lacrimation and the components of the pre-corneal tear film. Appreciate kerato-conjunctivitis sicca
  • Discuss the problems associated with nasolacrimal drainage
  • Appreciate the approach to writing a case report, including case selection, literature searches and accurate referencing

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*14 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

The Cornea, Sclera and Episclera

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe normal corneal anatomy
  • Review normal corneal healing and factors which can affect it
  • Understand how the cornea responds to insults
  • Discuss the different causes of corneal ulceration and its treatment
  • Explain non ulcerative corneal disease
  • Appreciate the anatomy of the episclera and sclera and understand the pathology which can affect these

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*15 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Lorraine Fleming
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

The Uveal Tract and Lens

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise congenital and acquired defects involving the uveal tract and describe the presenting signs of anterior uveitis, posterior uveitis, panuveitis and the approach to diagnosis and treatment
  • Approach non neurological abnormalities of the pupil
  • Understand aqueous opacification
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the normal lens
  • Explain lenticular disease and the range of congenital and acquired disease that can affect the lens and understand cataractogenesis.
  • Be familiar with the approach to cataract surgery together with patient selection, aftercare and potential complications
  • Appreciate primary and secondary lens luxation

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*25 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner
Available*29 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Glaucoma and Neuro-Ophthalmology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the production and drainage of aqueous humour and the pathophysiology of the normotensive globe
  • Define glaucoma and understand the different types of primary and secondary glaucoma and species differences
  • Appreciate treatment options for glaucoma
  • Devise a logical approach to the investigation of neuro-ophthalmic problems and understand the relevant neurological pathways and the autonomic nerve supply
  • Recognise normal and abnormal nystagmus
  • Investigate and offer treatment options for blindness of central origin
  • Understand disorders of ocular motility

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*26 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner
Available*30 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

The Retina, Vitreous and Optic Nerve

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal anatomy of the retina, species differences in retinal vascular patterns and the pathological changes which can occur and their manifestation
  • Describe the process of chorioretinitis
  • Recognise both inherited and acquired retinopathies
  • Appreciate the anatomy of the vitreous, congenital and acquired conditions and different types of vitreal degeneration
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the normal optic nerve, explain congenital and acquired conditions of the optic nerve and understand the investigation of optic nerve disease

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*26 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Smith
Available*28 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Smith
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Ocular Neoplasia and Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise primary and secondary ocular neoplasia and explain its management
  • Discuss the ocular manifestations of systemic disease including infectious, metabolic, nutritional, toxic immune mediated or vascular aetiologies
  • Understand the work up for suspected systemic disease
  • Appreciate treatment options for systemic disease in general practice

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*27 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Smith
Available*29 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Smith
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Ophthalmic Surgery - practical techniques day I

Module Information

This is the first day of a two-day practical session, please see module 12 for additional objectives.

The modules must be attended as a pair.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise commonly used ophthalmic instruments and understand their use
  • Use loupes and understand operating microscopes for surgical magnification
  • Select appropriate suture material and needle designs
  • Discuss pre and post- operative care of surgical patients and appropriate anaesthetic regimes
  • Understand the basic surgical principles as they pertain to ophthalmic surgery

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*8 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Lorraine Fleming
Available*15 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Lorraine Fleming
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Ophthalmic Surgery - practical techniques day II

Module Information

This is the second day of a two-day practical session. Please see module 11 for additional objectives.

The modules must be attended as a pair.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Perform common surgical techniques for treating disease of the orbit, globe, eyelids, third eyelid, conjunctiva and cornea
  • Practise reconstructive eyelid surgery
  • Understand and perform different methods for enucleation
  • Appreciate the principles of intra ocular surgery

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*9 Oct 2019 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Lorraine Fleming
Available*16 Oct 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Lorraine Fleming
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Inherited Ocular Disease and Case Based Discussion

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand inherited ocular disease, the principles of genetics and modes of inheritance and pedigree data analysis.
  • Appreciate different methods of reducing such disease including eye testing
    schemes and genetic testing
  • Explain the different conditions which affect different breeds of dog
  • Clinically recognise congenital inherited conditions encountered such as collie eye anomaly, congenital cataract, retinal dysplasia, goniodysgenesis and persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous
  • Clinically recognise non-congenital inherited conditions such as hereditary cataract, primary lens luxation, generalised progressive retinal atrophy and retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
  • Case based studies – you should be able to:
    • List differential diagnoses
    • Formulate investigation plans
    • Formulate treatment protocols for common ophthalmic problems

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*26 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner
Available*23 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Comparative Ophthalmology

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Approach the ophthalmic examination of the rabbit, bird and reptile
  • Have a basic understanding of the evolution of the eye
  • Appreciate species differences in ocular anatomy
  • Be familiar with common diseases seen in rabbits, birds and reptiles
  • Discuss the role of various species in ocular toxicology

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*27 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Ben Blacklock
Available*24 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Ben Blacklock
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Ophthalmology Pricing

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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.
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  3. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS and Harper Adams University.
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  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.
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