Exotic Animal Practice

Postgraduate Certificate

This programme will leave you fully equipped to understand and treat the more varied cases and species.

Exotic pets often fill veterinary surgeons with dread as they come through the surgery door. This programme will assist you in consolidating your knowledge of exotic medicine and surgery and help you to develop an informed clinical approach to the exotic patient.

The programme includes taught sessions on all key areas and promises to bring you fully up to date with all of the current and emerging issues. The programme includes fourteen modules and in addition a dedicated Programme Tutor will provide support throughout the entire programme ensuring you are well placed for your examination.

Your learning options

The Exotic Animal Practice 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

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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: 18 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Exotic Animal Practice
18 Jan 2021
14 Dec 2021
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14 Day Course
Swindon
Neil Homer-Forbes, Richard A. Saunders, Romain Pizzi, Simon Girling
£9,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC

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What do our customers think of our training?

I chose Improve International as my exotics CPD provider because I wanted a comprehensive course which would provide an up to date overview of the common subjects in every day exotic practice and at the same time stretch my knowledge into species which are not frequently seen in practice. I also wanted a course which […] Read more... Rob McNulty

Frequently Asked Questions

Postgraduate Certificates

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Venue: Swindon
Start date: 18 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Exotic Animal Practice
18 Jan 2021
14 Dec 2021
p
14 Day Course
Swindon
Neil Homer-Forbes, Richard A. Saunders, Romain Pizzi, Simon Girling
£9,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC

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What do our customers think of our training?

I chose Improve International as my exotics CPD provider because I wanted a comprehensive course which would provide an up to date overview of the common subjects in every day exotic practice and at the same time stretch my knowledge into species which are not frequently seen in practice. I also wanted a course which […] Read more... Rob McNulty

Exotic Animal Clinical Pathology
18 Jan 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to collect diagnostic samples including sampling sites and blood volumes, faecal, urine and bone marrow samples
  • Interpret haematological and biochemical profiles based on knowledge of normal values and the changes which occur in disease processes
  • Evaluate bone marrow samples
  • Describe how to collect and evaluate cytological samples
  • Appreciate microbiological investigation of exotic animals

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Therapeutics and Immunisation
19 Jan 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain how various legislation relates to the pharmacy and have a knowledge of the Medicines Act 1968, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the COSHH regulations 2002
  • Revise the correct storage, dispensing and labelling of medicines
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of common therapeutic agents including anaesthetics, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, anti- microbials and anti-parasitics.
  • Describe what immunisation options exist for exotic patients
  • Delivery of drugs to exotic pets and zoo animals

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Principles of Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
15 Feb 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Identify the type of fluid replacement required
  • Calculate fluid requirements
  • Appreciate different administration techniques and cannulation techniques
  • Select appropriate agents for the restraint, pre-medication, induction and maintenance of anaesthesia
  • Monitor anaesthesia
  • Apply knowledge of emergency and resuscitation techniques in anaesthesia to clinical situations if required
  • Understand the basic principles of emergency and critical care medicine of exotic pets

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Diagnostic Imaging
16 Feb 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Appreciate the value of imaging techniques in mammals, reptiles and avian species including:
    • Review radiography and radiology of soft tissues and the skeleton
    • Revise contrast media techniques
    • Describe ultrasonography and echocardiography of exotic patients
    • Become familiar with the principles of endoscopy including the respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Current Concepts in Surgery
22 Apr 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand basic surgical techniques, surgical neutering and coelomic surgery
  • Use knowledge gained to implant microchips
  • Apply knowledge gained to performing various oesophagostomy techniques
  • Describe how to repair shell and beak defects
  • Explain the use of radiosurgery in exotics
  • Approach the orthopaedic patient and understand the common fracture types in different species, the principles of internal and external fracture repair and muscle tendon adhesions

Speaker: Romain Pizzi BVSc MSc DZooMed MACVSc(Surg) FRES FRGS MRCVS
Exotic Animal - Avian Medicine and Surgery
23 Apr 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the investigation and treatment of gastro-intestinal diseases in birds
  • Investigate and treat diseases of the upper and lower airways including the nares, sinuses, and infections such as Chlamydophilosis and Aspergillosis
  • Approach beak and feather disease and feather plucking
  • Understand urogenital tract disease including excessive egg laying, egg binding, cloacal disease and orchitis
  • Manage trauma cases including fractures

Speaker: Neil Homer-Forbes BVetMed DipECZM(Avian) Cbiol MIBiol RFP FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Mice, Rats, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Degus and Gerbils
5 Jul 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common skin diseases including ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and endocrine disorders
  • Understand diseases affecting the gastro-intestinal tract including Tyzzer’s disease, wet tail, dental malocclusions and coccidiosis
  • Transform your approach to the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders
  • Approach the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine conditions
  • Develop your understanding the diseases which affect the reproductive and urinary tracts
  • Appreciate conditions which affect the CNS
  • Understand sebaceous gland dermatitis, reproductive and adrenal gland disease affecting the skin and behavioural induced skin disease in gerbils
  • Review the legislation concerning the care and use of relevant laboratory animals

Speaker: Richard A. Saunders BSc (Hons) Zoology BVSc RCVS CertZooMed RCVS, Dipl ZooMed (Mammalian)
Exotic Animal - Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Rabbits
6 Jul 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose and treat dermatological diseases
  • Investigate and treat gastrointestinal diseases including motility disturbances, mucoid enteropathy and diarrhoea
  • Formulate a treatment plan for dental disease including overgrown teeth and traumatic injuries to teeth, treatment of abscesses and caries
  • Be familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory tract disease including Pasteurellosis
  • Understand conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems including vestibular disease
  • Investigate and treat reproductive and urinary tract diseases
  • Describe common infectious diseases such as E cuniculi, myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease

Speaker: Richard A. Saunders BSc (Hons) Zoology BVSc RCVS CertZooMed RCVS, Dipl ZooMed (Mammalian)
Exotic Animal - Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Ferrets and Fish
20 Sep 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose and treat ectoparasitic, bacterial, fungal, viral and neoplastic skin disease in ferrets
  • Investigate and treat diseases affecting the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital systems in ferrets
  • Understand infectious diseases in ferrets such as distemper, tuberculosis, Aleutian disease and human influenza
  • Assess disease patterns, environmental factors and fish husbandry and apply these to quarantine and disease prevention strategies
  • Perform clinical examinations and have a knowledge of anaesthesia, medication and therapeutics with respect to fish
  • Diagnose and treat common skin diseases, ocular disorders, respiratory and internal disease and have an understanding of the principles of fish surgery

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Unusual Mammalian Pets, Amphibians and Invertebrates
21 Sep 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the husbandry and diseases of small pet marsupials such as sugar gliders, wallabies and opossums
  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of pet skunks
  • Revise the husbandry and diseases of Procyonids such as the raccoon and kinkajou
  • Describe the husbandry and diseases of Herpestids such as the dwarf mongoose and meerkat
  • Increase your knowledge of the husbandry and conditions affecting pet amphibians
  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of invertebrates

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Reptile Medicine and Surgery
8 Nov 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate an approach to the sick reptile including post hibernation anorexia and hypocalcaemic collapse
  • Diagnose and treat dermatological conditions including dysecdysis, scale rot and abscesses and metabolic, nutritional and infectious bone and shell disorders
  • Diagnose and treat common gastroenterological disorders including mouth rot, vomiting and regurgitation and liver disease
  • Approach respiratory and cardiovascular disease including pneumonia and lungworm
  • Investigate respiratory tract and reproductive disease
  • Understand the common infectious diseases of reptiles

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Wildlife Medicine and Surgery
9 Nov 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the legislation relating to wild animals and welfare
  • Formulate an approach to the restraint, anaesthesia and trauma management of wild birds and mammals
  • Diagnose and manage common disorders of UK native wildlife
  • Approach rehabilitation of wildlife
  • Understand the zoonotic diseases which affect wildlife in the UK

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Primates
13 Dec 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose, treat and prevent ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and neoplastic skin diseases
  • Understand gastrointestinal disease including bacterial gastroenteritis, gastric dilation, diarrhoea and dental caries
  • Appreciate diseases affecting the cardio-respiratory system
  • Describe metabolic/ nutritional bone disease, musculoskeletal and neurological disease, arthritis and limb fractures
  • Investigate and treat infectious diseases
  • Diagnose and treat diseases of the urogenital tract including endometrial, ovarian and mammary disease

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS
Exotic Animal - Zoo Animal Medicine
14 Dec 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain modern zoo legislation and management including Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and Balai regulations 92/65 as subsequently amended
  • Approach the routine health-care management and common disease problems of zoo animals
  • Review how to restrain zoo animals
  • Understand drug delivery systems, immobilisation and anaesthetic regimes

Speaker: Simon Girling Dr. BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM CBiol FRSB EurProBiol FRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 18 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Exotic Animal Practice
18 Jan 2021
14 Dec 2021
p
14 Day Course
Swindon
Neil Homer-Forbes, Richard A. Saunders, Romain Pizzi, Simon Girling
£9,495.00 + VAT

Exotic Animal Practice Pricing

Payments Initial
Payment
Total
Payable
Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
PgC/GPCert Programme £9,495.00 £0.00 £9,495.00
PgC/GPCert Programme (Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments) £750.00 £995.00 £9,995.00
PgC/GPCert Programme (Deposit and Payment in Full) £8,500.00 £995.00 £9,495.00

Please note:

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

*You can choose to attend these programmes over a period of 2-3 years and pay for each pair of modules as you go. Paired module prices which apply to these programmes; Cardiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine & Surgery, Exotic Animal Practice and Ophthalmology, do NOT include examination fees payable to ISVPS and Harper Adams University. Please contact us for more information regarding these fees, if you wish to eventually complete all the modules and gain the GPCert/PgC.

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  1. Payments can be made by BACS, credit card or Direct Debit
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  3. In certain circumstances, multiple booking and corporate discounts are available, please contact us on 01793 759159 for further information
  4. In order to confirm your place, we must receive payment in full or the relevant deposit
  5. In addition, if paying by direct debit, we must receive the completed mandate prior to course commencement.
  6. Please also see our full terms and conditions on our website. www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 18 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Exotic Animal Practice
18 Jan 2021
14 Dec 2021
p
14 Day Course
Swindon
Neil Homer-Forbes, Richard A. Saunders, Romain Pizzi, Simon Girling
£9,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC

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What do our customers think of our training?

I chose Improve International as my exotics CPD provider because I wanted a comprehensive course which would provide an up to date overview of the common subjects in every day exotic practice and at the same time stretch my knowledge into species which are not frequently seen in practice. I also wanted a course which […] Read more... Rob McNulty

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 18 January 2021

PgC/GPCert Exotic Animal Practice
18 Jan 2021
14 Dec 2021
p
14 Day Course
Swindon
Neil Homer-Forbes, Richard A. Saunders, Romain Pizzi, Simon Girling
£9,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC

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What do our customers think of our training?

I chose Improve International as my exotics CPD provider because I wanted a comprehensive course which would provide an up to date overview of the common subjects in every day exotic practice and at the same time stretch my knowledge into species which are not frequently seen in practice. I also wanted a course which […] Read more... Rob McNulty