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Feline Practice

Postgraduate Certificate

This outstanding programme taught by world class speakers offers an in-depth look at the common and also more challenging feline issues through taught, interactive and case-based sessions.

With feline pet ownership overtaking dogs in the UK, vets are being presented with challenging feline cases every day. This programme will assist you in consolidating your knowledge of feline medicine and surgery and help you develop an informed clinical approach to the feline patient.

Your learning options:

The Feline 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: 4 February 2021

PgC/GPCert Feline Practice
4 Feb 2021
12 Nov 2021
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16 Day Course
Swindon
Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kathleen Tennant, Kerry Simpson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Peter Forsythe, Sarah Heath, Tim Gruffydd-Jones, Mark Lowrie, Stephanie Sorrell, Susana Silva, Kasia Purzycka
£10,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC


What do our customers think of our training?

I decided to study for Improve International’s PgC in Feline Medicine in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases.  Read more... Jennifer Sinclair , Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Companion Care Vets

BVetMed PgC in Feline Veterinary Studies MRCVS

Frequently Asked Questions

Postgraduate Certificates

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Venue: Swindon
Start date: 4 February 2021

PgC/GPCert Feline Practice
4 Feb 2021
12 Nov 2021
p
16 Day Course
Swindon
Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kathleen Tennant, Kerry Simpson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Peter Forsythe, Sarah Heath, Tim Gruffydd-Jones, Mark Lowrie, Stephanie Sorrell, Susana Silva, Kasia Purzycka
£10,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC


What do our customers think of our training?

I decided to study for Improve International’s PgC in Feline Medicine in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases.  Read more... Jennifer Sinclair , Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Companion Care Vets

BVetMed PgC in Feline Veterinary Studies MRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 4 February 2021

Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis
4 Feb 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of sampling techniques, the limitations of technology and equipment and the factors that can generate artefacts or abnormalities
  • Interpret results and propose further investigations
  • Understand the methodology involved in the generation of haematology, biochemistry and cytology profiles
  • Have an awareness of the various diagnostic tests for endocrine and infectious diseases ( viral, parasitic- including heartworm- and bacterial) the techniques used and their interpretation
  • Recall the cytology of haemic and non-haemic cell populations, both reactive and neoplastic, and have the ability to trace or plot maturation and degeneration pathways in blood, fluid and tissue smears

Speaker: Kathleen Tennant BVetMed CertSAM CertVC FRCPath MRCVS
Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management
5 Feb 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform triage, assess patients and prioritise cases
  • Undertake emergency monitoring and stabilisation
  • Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparations and plants
  • Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Feline Dermatology
4 Mar 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate a differential diagnosis, investigation plan (including laboratory investigations) for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Have knowledge of treatment strategies for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Be aware of and be able to recognise dermatological manifestations of systemic disease

Speaker: Peter Forsythe BVM&S DVD MRCVS
Feline Urinary Tract
5 Mar 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilised in cats with clinical signs of renal disease (including acute/ chronic renal insufficiency, glomerular disease, neoplasia and inherited diseases)
  • Describe the causes and emergency treatment of acute renal failure
  • Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphataemia, anaemia, proteinuria and hypertension
  • Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic renal disease to patient prognosis
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for CRI including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors and dietary modification
  • Recall the neuroanatomy of the lower urinary tract and the differentiation of upper motor neuron/ lower motor neuron defects
  • Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including FLUTD, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment and dietary management

Speaker: Susana Silva DVM CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Small Animal Medicine
Feline Cardiology
28 Apr 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise the importance of a detailed history and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Review and understand the common causes of heart disease in cats
  • Consolidate your understanding of the central importance of blood pressure in the pathophysiology of cardiac disease in cats and know how to discriminate the causes of hypertension in this species
  • Define the crucial role of high quality imaging modalities (especially ultrasonography and radiology) in the differential diagnosis of feline cardiopulmonary diseases

Speaker: Kerry Simpson BVM&S Cert VC FACVSc PhD MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine
Feline Respiratory Medicine
29 Apr 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the common presentations of respiratory disease including nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing, stertor, stridor, sneezing and reverse sneezing
  • Diagnose and treat upper respiratory tract diseases, both acute (infectious) and chronic (inflammatory or infectious or neoplastic in origin)
  • Formulate an approach to allergic lower respiratory tract disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and treatment of allergic airway disease, parasitic disease and pulmonary fibrosis
  • Understand pleural space disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and therapeutics

Speaker: Kerry Simpson BVM&S Cert VC FACVSc PhD MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine
Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract
3 Jun 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Know how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas
  • Describe the various tests used in the diagnosis of liver and pancreatic disease and the management options for the common hepatic medical disorders
  • Approach the nutritional management of disorders of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract

Speaker: Tim Gruffydd-Jones BVetMed PhD MRCVS
Feline Endocrinology
4 Jun 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis – including hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism and hyperadrenocorticism
  • Describe the principles of key diagnostic tests and their application for the above feline endocrine diseases
  • Understand the management of common feline endocrine diseases and know how to approach complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar syndrome

Speaker: Nick Bexfield BVetMed PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA PGDipMEdSci PGCHE FHEA MRCVS
Feline Infectious Diseases I
1 Jul 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe health and safety concerns and precautions relating to zoonoses
  • Understand the legislation and regulations relating to infectious diseases
  • Design and implement vaccination and preventative parasitic programmes
  • Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment of common viral diseases including FeLV, FIV and FIP
  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections

Speaker: Stephanie Sorrell BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine
Feline Infectious Diseases II
2 Jul 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the diseases of hunting cats including Toxoplasmosis, Pox virus, Mycobacterial disease and Salmonellosis
  • Approach enteric infections of the cat including protozoal disease (Trichomonas foetus, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Isospora) and bacterial/ viral disease
  • Understand fungal mycoses
  • Control infectious and zoonotic disease in the home, clinic, shelters and cattery situations

Speaker: Stephanie Sorrell BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine
Feline Musculoskeletal Disease
9 Sep 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform an orthopaedic examination and be familiar with the presentation of osteoarthritis in the cat
  • Understand the value of radiography, synoviocentesis, muscle and nerve biopsies
  • Apply first aid techniques to fracture patients
  • Explain the principles of orthopaedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures

Speaker: James Grierson BVetMed Cert VR CertSAS,CertVR,DipECVS CertMedEd FHEA FRCVS
Feline Behaviour
10 Sep 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Consolidate your understanding of normal cat behaviour
  • Understand the clinical causes of feline behavioural problems
  • Formulate an approach to common problems such as inappropriate toiletting, spraying, aggression and compulsive disorders
  • Review and apply strategies for improving core territory security
  • Have a good knowledge of the principal behavioural modifying drugs, their use and potential side effects

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Feline Ophthalmology
14 Oct 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal feline eye and use readily available diagnostic equipment and disposables in feline ophthalmic cases
  • Recognise those ophthalmic conditions which are unique to the cat or are particularly important in this species
  • Perform common surgical procedures pertinent to feline ophthalmology
  • Approach the medical management of ophthalmic patients
  • Know when to refer a patient

Speaker: Kerry Smith BVetMed CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
Feline Anaesthesia and Surgical Principles
15 Oct 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Apply knowledge gained to surgical asepsis and theatre protocol
  • Rationally utilise antibiotics in surgical patients
  • Be familiar with suture materials and patterns, surgical instruments and tissue handling
  • Plan surgery, apply haemostatic techniques and manage crises
  • Approach the management and reconstruction of wounds

Online Anaesthesia component:

  • Describe a range of parenteral and inhalational anaesthetic regimes
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics of different anaesthetics and monitoring techniques available

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
Feline Neurology
11 Nov 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical signs associated with neurological disease
  • Perform a neurological assessment and understand what the tests evaluate and their interpretation
  • Describe how to localise lesions and the value this provides to the clinician
  • Plan a neurological investigation and understand the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localisation
  • Approach abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases
  • Be familiar with the common myopathies including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment

Speaker: Mark Lowrie MA VetMB MVM DipECVN RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and EBVS®️ European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
Feline Oncology, Lymphatic and Haematopoietic Disease
12 Nov 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical relevance of tumour biology and be able to discuss the most common neoplasms of the major organ systems
  • Evaluate the evidence base to make rational treatment decisions for feline cancer patients
  • Review the importance of biopsy and staging in therapy decision making, counselling and support
  • Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anaemia, haematopoietic disease and coagulopathies

Speaker: Kasia Purzycka DVM, MVetMed, MRCVS, DipACVIM (Oncology)

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 4 February 2021

PgC/GPCert Feline Practice
4 Feb 2021
12 Nov 2021
p
16 Day Course
Swindon
Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kathleen Tennant, Kerry Simpson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Peter Forsythe, Sarah Heath, Tim Gruffydd-Jones, Mark Lowrie, Stephanie Sorrell, Susana Silva, Kasia Purzycka
£10,495.00 + VAT

Feline Practice 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 and 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

*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
  2. Direct Debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by GoCardless Limited
  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: 4 February 2021

PgC/GPCert Feline Practice
4 Feb 2021
12 Nov 2021
p
16 Day Course
Swindon
Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kathleen Tennant, Kerry Simpson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Peter Forsythe, Sarah Heath, Tim Gruffydd-Jones, Mark Lowrie, Stephanie Sorrell, Susana Silva, Kasia Purzycka
£10,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC


What do our customers think of our training?

I decided to study for Improve International’s PgC in Feline Medicine in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases.  Read more... Jennifer Sinclair , Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Companion Care Vets

BVetMed PgC in Feline Veterinary Studies MRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 4 February 2021

PgC/GPCert Feline Practice
4 Feb 2021
12 Nov 2021
p
16 Day Course
Swindon
Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kathleen Tennant, Kerry Simpson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Peter Forsythe, Sarah Heath, Tim Gruffydd-Jones, Mark Lowrie, Stephanie Sorrell, Susana Silva, Kasia Purzycka
£10,495.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC


What do our customers think of our training?

I decided to study for Improve International’s PgC in Feline Medicine in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases.  Read more... Jennifer Sinclair , Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Companion Care Vets

BVetMed PgC in Feline Veterinary Studies MRCVS