Dermatology

Postgraduate Certificate

The diagnosis and management of skin disease represents a major component of small animal practice.

This updated modular programme will provide a thorough, informed case based approach to dermatology. Through lectures, case discussions and practical you will learn how to approach the dog, cat and exotic patient presenting with the various manifestations of skin disease in a logical and scientific manner.

Your learning options:

  • Extend your knowledge and skills in a specific area, by choosing a 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
  • 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

Attendance on the taught modules is:

9.30am – 5.00pm

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 component

Laboratory diagnosis and clinical pathology 

Learning objectives:

  • Perfect your techniques for collecting samples for microbiology
    – skin scrapings, hairs, acetate strips and impression smears
  • Sampling techniques (including biopsies), sample processing, storage and recording 
  • Understand the basic cytology of samples collected from the skin including masses and discharging sinuses 
  • Interpret the clinical laboratory medicine information in relation to skin disease, including: haemotology, biochemistry and endocrine tests, fluid and electrolyte disorders and cytology
  • Know the diagnostic tests for infectious diseases – techniques and interpretation (including viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases

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Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Cutaneous Pathological Processes

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Compare gross and histological anatomy of the skin of companion animals
  • Have an understanding of the function and physiology of skin of companion animals
  • Review the pathological processes occurring in skin disease
  • Comprehend how pathological processes relate to clinical signs and the diagnosis of disease
  • Revise Hypersensitivity reactions types I, II, III, IV in the skin and examples of specific skin diseases involving these processes
  • Understand the skin response to insults including physical, chemical and microbiological
  • Develop your knowledge of the pathogenesis of skin neoplasia

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*9 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Jon Hardy
* 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.

Dermatology - Clinical Examination and History: Essential Diagnostic Techniques

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand clinical history taking and its interpretation in the diagnosis of skin disease.
  • Become adept at performing a general clinical examination
  • Perform a detailed examination of the skin
  • Have an ability to accurately describe skin lesions
  • Familiarise yourself with the key diagnostic tests and their use
  • Improve your diagnostic skills and ability to manage common skin diseases
  • Review the complications encountered during therapy, their prevention and management
  • Appreciate the pros and cons of intradermal skin testing and serology in the diagnosis of allergy

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*10 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Jon Hardy
* 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.

General Conditions Commonly Found in Dermatology: Alopecia, Keratinisation Disorders and Pigment Changes

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Alopecia:
    • Describe the pathogenesis of alopecia
    • Appreciate the clinical features of alopecia
    • Understand the differential diagnosis of alopecia and have knowledge of specific conditions
    • Outline how to investigate alopecia using a problem solving approach
    • Discuss the management and treatment of alopecia
  • Keratinisation disorders
    • Describe the pathogenesis of keratinisation disorders/scaling
    • Appreciate the clinical features of these disorders
    • Understand the differential diagnosis of these disorders and have knowledge of specific conditions
    • Outline how to investigate scaling diseases using a problem solving approach
    • Be familiar with the treatment options
  • Pigmentary Changes
    • Describe the pathogenesis and clinical features of pigment changes
    • Understand the differential diagnosis including specific conditions
    • Outline how to investigate pigment changes using a problem solving approach
    • Be aware of treatment options

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*20 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Rosario Cerundolo
* 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.

Dermatology - Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your techniques for collecting samples for microbiology – skin scrapings, hairs, acetate strips and impression smears
  • Sampling techniques (including biopsies), sample processing, storage and recording
  • Understand the basic cytology of samples collected from the skin including masses and discharging sinuses
  • Interpret the clinical laboratory medicine information in relation to skin disease, including: haematology, biochemistry and endocrine tests, fluid and electrolyte disorders and cytology
  • Know the diagnostic tests for infectious diseases – techniques and interpretation (including viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases)
  • Have an understanding of the principles of the use of pattern analysis by histopathologists in dermatohistopathology as it relates to disease pathogenesis and diagnosis
  • Interpret histopathology reports

This module includes a practical component in the laboratory preparing and interpreting slides.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*21 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Rosario Cerundolo
* 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.

Dermatology - Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Know the clinical pathology of the major bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases affecting the skin of companion animals in the UK and Europe
  • Have an awareness of diseases that may be imported by pets travelling from abroad
  • Understand zoonosis and its health and safety concerns and precautions

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*11 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Rosario Cerundolo
* 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.

Allergic Skin Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the immune system and immune response by the skin
  • Consolidate your knowledge of flea and parasite allergies, atopic dermatitis, food and other hypersensitivities
  • Review the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options
  • Understand the use of combination therapy in atopic dermatitis

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*12 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Rosario Cerundolo
* 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.

Diseases of the Feet, Nails, Anal Sacs and Ears

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of diseases affecting the feet, nails, anal sacs and ears
  • Be able to approach the investigation of pedal, nail, anal sac and aural disease
  • Formulate differential diagnoses and have knowledge of specific conditions
  • Appreciate treatment options

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*27 Aug 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrea Volk
* 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.

Dermatology - Neoplasia

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Appreciate the biology of tumours
  • Recognise common neoplastic presentations - localised, diffuse and systemic
  • Have an understanding of the following types of neoplasia: neoplasia of skin structures - benign, malignant, mast cell tumours, lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma, mammary tumours
  • Familiarise yourself with neoplasia of other structures with involvement of the skin eg. Cushing’s and hepatocutaneous syndrome
  • Become able to recognise paraneoplastic syndromes
  • Formulate an approach to the diagnosis and staging of disease
  • Be aware of those conditions that could be confused with neoplasia eg. Autoimmune diseases
  • Understand the treatment options available medication / chemotherapy and the prognosis for different neoplasms

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*28 Aug 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrea Volk
* 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.

Autoimmune Skin Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding of the immune system
  • Become more familiar with the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of autoimmune diseases including pemphigus complex pemphigoid SLE/DLE adverse drug reactions

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*1 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Peter Forsythe
* 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.

Dermatological Manifestations of Endocrine Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Have an understanding of the physiology of the endocrine system
  • Appreciate the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of the more common endocrine diseases
  • Recognise iatrogenic endocrine disease

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*2 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Peter Forsythe
* 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.

Dermatology - Wound Management & Surgery

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Overview of wounds and wound healing (Dressings / topical treatment options)
  • Improve your knowledge of the medical and surgical management of wounds
  • Perfect your knowledge of surgery of the anal sacs
  • Understand when some dermatological conditions become surgical (skin fold dermatitis, otitis externa, pododermatitis)
  • Describe the principles of ear surgery (which techniques to use and when)

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*14 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
Available*10 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
* 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.

Exotic Animal Dermatology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal epithelial anatomy of exotic species
  • Recognise the importance of husbandry – housing, environment, nutrition on the dermatological health of these species
  • Appreciate ecdysis/dysecdysis in reptiles
  • Be familiar with the common conditions seen in small mammals, reptiles and birds and the pathogenesis, clinical features, differential diagnosis, investigation and treatment of them

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*13 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling
Available*11 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Simon Girling
* 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.

Dermatology - Nutritional, Metabolic, Paraneoplastic, Congenital, Hereditary Skin Disease and Miscellaneous Skin Diseases

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of the cutaneous manifestations of internal disease excluding endocrine disorders
  • Appreciate the differential diagnosis of these conditions and the approach to their investigation and treatment
  • Become more familiar with congenital hereditary disorders
  • Develop your understanding of the effect of deficiency or excess of vitamins or minerals in skin disease

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*17 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Ewan Ferguson
Available*15 Dec 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Ewan Ferguson
* 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.

Dermatology - The Pharmacy & Therapeutics

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Have a working understanding of the following regulations: Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013, Medicines Act 1968, Medicines Regulations 2012, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2012, Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
  • Be familiar with storage, dispensing and labelling of medicines
  • Have a good working knowledge of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate
  • Understand the Prescribing Cascade, off license use, importation of medication and certification
  • Improve your understanding of the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of common therapeutic agents (anti-inflammatories, anti-microbials and anti-parasitics) used in the management of skin disease
  • Maximise your knowledge of the use of topical, enteral and parenteral medications
  • Appreciate the importance of owner compliance and support for long term skin conditions
  • Discuss the role of the veterinary nurse in dermatology consultations

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*18 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Ewan Ferguson
Available*16 Dec 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Ewan Ferguson
* 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.

Dermatology Pricing

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Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments £625.00 £995.00 £8,495.00
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