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Dentistry and Oral Surgery

Postgraduate Certificate

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

This NEW modular programme will provide a thorough, informed case-based approach to such cases. Through lectures, case discussions and practical sessions you will learn how to approach the dog, cat and exotic patient presenting with the various manifestations of oral pathology in a logical and scientific manner. 

Your learning options:

The Dentistry and Oral Surgery programme is provided by Improve International in collaboration with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and Harper Adams University.

Complete the one-year programme (all modules) and achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) by passing the required assessments with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Continue on to the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) that combines the GPCert clinical studies, plus reflective practice, and successful completion of the Advanced Practitioner Module with Harper Adams University. The PgC represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. It provides 60 transferable academic credits.

After successfully completing your PgC, you may apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes. 

The Programme Tutor will discuss which learning option you wish to progress and advise the necessary requirements to support you.

Inclusive learning support

Our Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery PgC programme consists of fourteen modules and is delivered using a combination of lectures and highly practical sessions. The practical components of this modular programme bring together ultrasonography, radiology and CT/MRI to ensure you will increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with complex dental cases in practice.

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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

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 20 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Dentistry and Oral Surgery
20 Jan 2021
26 Nov 2021
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14 Day Course
Swindon
Rachel Perry, Bob Partridge, Nicola Grint, Richard A. Saunders, Owen Davies, Andrew Perry
£10,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC


What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Frequently Asked Questions

Postgraduate Certificates

If coming from a non-European country – how would face to face module attendance work?
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?

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 20 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Dentistry and Oral Surgery
20 Jan 2021
26 Nov 2021
p
14 Day Course
Swindon
Rachel Perry, Bob Partridge, Nicola Grint, Richard A. Saunders, Owen Davies, Andrew Perry
£10,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC


What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 20 January 2021

Oral Examination
Jan 2021 | Swindon

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe the sequence of events in dental embryology and tooth eruption
  • Recognise normal oral and dental anatomy and its variations
  • Appreciate normal occlusion in the dog and cat and identify the different classes of malocclusions
  • Use correct dental terminology and nomenclature
  • Identify and describe the use of dental diagnostic hand instruments
  • Perform a detailed oral examination and comprehensively record data on a dental chart

Speaker: Bob Partridge BVM&S Dipl.EVDC MRCVS
Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Jan 2021 | Swindon

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Provide a balanced approach to anaesthesia and analgesia in dental and oral surgical cases
  • Discuss anaesthetic monitoring equipment
  • Define commonly encountered anaesthetic complications in dental and oral surgical procedures and discuss ways to minimise such complications
  • Summarise the advantages and disadvantages of local anaesthetic nerve blocks in the dog and cat
  • Learn how to perform local anaesthetic nerve blocks in the dog and cat

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Diagnostic Imaging Theory
Mar 2021 | Swindon

By the end of this module, candidates should be able to:

  • Understand the principles of radiology – material, methods and safety considerations
  • Describe the techniques and equipment required for intraoral dental radiography in the dog and cat
  • Be able to explain bisecting angle and parallel techniques
  • Appreciate the indications for and limitations of skull radiography
  • Identify normal dental radiographic anatomy and be familiar with common variations
  • Discuss the indications for advanced diagnostic imaging techniques, such as CT and MRI

Speaker: Andrew Perry BVSc Dip EVDC MRCVS EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry
Diagnostic Imaging Practical
Mar 2021 | Swindon

By the end of this module, candidates should be able to

  • Confidently use the equipment required for dental radiography
  • Perform the techniques required to acquire diagnostic intraoral radiographic images in the dog and cat
  • Be able to demonstrate bisecting angle and parallel techniques
  • Interpret dental and skull radiographic images and recognise commonly encountered pathology

This module includes a practical film reading session.


Speaker: Andrew Perry BVSc Dip EVDC MRCVS EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry
Oral and Dental Disease
Apr 2021 | Swindon

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Recognise and describe developmental and congenital abnormalities of the teeth and oral cavity
  • Review the commonly encountered acquired oral and dental conditions of the dog and cat including feline gingivostomatitis
  • Describe the potential diagnostic pathways for these conditions
  • Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of the various treatment options for these conditions
  • Evaluate specific case material (photographs and radiographs) in order to discuss potential diagnoses and treatment options

This module includes case discussion including evaluation of photographs and practical film reading.


Speaker: Bob Partridge BVM&S Dipl.EVDC MRCVS
Periodontology
Apr 2021 | Swindon

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe the aetiopathogenesis and pathobiological forms of periodontal disease in the dog and cat
  • Discuss the assessment of periodontal health using radiography, probing and charting
  • List the potential hazards associated with periodontal therapy (both to operator and patient)
  • Summarise the evidence-base surrounding potential homecare options
  • Identify ideal cases which could be referred for periodontal surgery, and briefly explain the techniques involved

Speaker: Bob Partridge BVM&S Dipl.EVDC MRCVS
Oral Surgery I
Jun 2021 | Swindon

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe wound healing in the oral cavity, including factors which affect it
  • Identify instruments commonly used in oral surgical procedures (including dental extractions)
  • Demonstrate how to perform atraumatic tooth extractions using closed and open surgical techniques
  • Summarise extraction complications and their avoidance
  • Outline the causes of cleft palate and oronasal fistulae in the dog and cat
  • Consider the advantages and disadvantages of techniques for cleft palate and oronasal fistula repair in the dog and cat

Speaker: Rachel Perry BSc, BVM&S, MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery), Dipl.EVDC, MRCVS, EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist, Dentistry, RCVS recognised Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry
Oral Surgery I Practical Techniques
Jun 2021 | Swindon

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

  • Describe and perform local anaesthetic nerve blocks in the dog and cat
  • Assess periodontal health via radiography, probing and charting
  • Demonstrate thorough periodontal therapy using scaling, closed sub-gingival debridement and polishing techniques
  • Perform atraumatic tooth extractions using closed and open surgical techniques
  • Repair cleft palate defects and oronasal fistulae

Speaker: Rachel Perry BSc, BVM&S, MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery), Dipl.EVDC, MRCVS, EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist, Dentistry, RCVS recognised Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry
Oral Surgery II
Jul 2021 | Swindon

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Discuss the classes of dentoalveolar trauma and analyse treatment options
  • Describe the biomechanics of jaw fracture repair
  • Evaluate the invasive and non-invasive treatment options for jaw fracture repair and symphyseal separation in the dog and cat
  • Diagnose and describe management options for traumatic temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Know when to refer cases with complex oral pathology

Speaker: Andrew Perry BVSc Dip EVDC MRCVS EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry
Oral Surgery II Practical Techniques
Jul 2021 | Swindon

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

  • Stabilise a symphyseal separation using wire
  • Perform interdental wiring
  • Repair mandibular fractures
  • Approach the temporomandibular joint surgically

Speaker: Andrew Perry BVSc Dip EVDC MRCVS EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry
Exotic Animal Dentistry
Oct 2021 | Swindon

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Recognise normal dental and oral anatomy in rabbits and guinea pigs
  • Identify the factors which adversely affect dental and oral health in these species
  • Evaluate the treatment options for overgrown incisors, molars and traumatic injuries to teeth
  • Discuss treatment options for abscesses and caries
  • Provide advice on the prevention of dental disease in these species and ethical considerations for the treatment of advanced disease in these species

This module includes a practical session


Speaker: Richard A. Saunders BSc (Hons) Zoology BVSc RCVS CertZooMed RCVS, Dipl ZooMed (Mammalian)
Oncology
Oct 2021 | Swindon

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

  • Explain the spectrum of oral masses including inflammatory, hyperplastic, cystic, benign neoplastic and malignant, using current terminology
  • Describe the clinical and radiographic appearance of odontogenic tumours in the dog and cat
  • Define the commonly encountered non-odontogenic tumours of the dog and cat, describe clinical and radiographic appearances, and evaluate treatment options
  • Discuss with clients more advanced oral surgical techniques such as unilateral and bilateral rostral mandibulectomy and rostral maxillectomy

Speaker: Owen Davies MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology
Advanced Veterinary Dental Techniques I
Nov 2021 | Swindon

By the end of these modules, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of the pulp-dentine complex and its response to trauma
  • Identify disorders which may be referred for endodontic therapies (root canal therapy, vital pulp therapy)
  • Appreciate the steps involved in performing root canal therapy and vital pulp therapy, and discuss success rates and complications
  • Explain the classes of malocclusion seen in the dog and cat, and summarise the treatment options
  • Consider the ethical considerations of performing orthodontic treatments
  • Discuss the basic principles and techniques of orthodontic tooth movement
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the indications for and process of performing crown therapy (prosthodontics) in the dog and cat
  • Summarise restorative techniques, materials and indications

Speaker: Rachel Perry BSc, BVM&S, MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery), Dipl.EVDC, MRCVS, EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist, Dentistry, RCVS recognised Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry
Advanced Veterinary Dental Techniques II
Nov 2021 | Swindon

This is the second of two days allocated to advanced veterinary dental techniques. Full learning objectives can be found under Module 12.


Speaker: Rachel Perry BSc, BVM&S, MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery), Dipl.EVDC, MRCVS, EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist, Dentistry, RCVS recognised Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 20 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Dentistry and Oral Surgery
20 Jan 2021
26 Nov 2021
p
14 Day Course
Swindon
Rachel Perry, Bob Partridge, Nicola Grint, Richard A. Saunders, Owen Davies, Andrew Perry
£10,495.00 + VAT

Dentistry and Oral Surgery Pricing

Payments Initial
Payment
Total
Payable
Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
PgC/GPCert Programme £10,495.00 £0.00 £10,495.00
PgC/GPCert Programme (Deposit + Direct debit in 12 Monthly payments) £833.00 £995.00 £10,991.00
PgC/GPCert Programme (Deposit and Payment in Full) £9,500.00 £995.00 £10,495.00

Please note:

The fees include ALL registration and exam fees to achieve both a GPCert from ISVPS and a PgC from Harper Adams University

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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.

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 20 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Dentistry and Oral Surgery
20 Jan 2021
26 Nov 2021
p
14 Day Course
Swindon
Rachel Perry, Bob Partridge, Nicola Grint, Richard A. Saunders, Owen Davies, Andrew Perry
£10,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC


What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 20 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Dentistry and Oral Surgery
20 Jan 2021
26 Nov 2021
p
14 Day Course
Swindon
Rachel Perry, Bob Partridge, Nicola Grint, Richard A. Saunders, Owen Davies, Andrew Perry
£10,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC


What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS