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Endoscopy & Endosurgery

Postgraduate Certificate

Endoscopy as an aid to diagnosis coupled with endosurgery as an alternative to more conventional surgical treatments are rapidly growing areas of veterinary practice.

This programme will provide you with a thorough grounding in both theory and hands-on skills needed to start introducing endoscopy into practice.

This programme can only be booked as a full programme and not individual modules.

Endoscopy and Endosurgery is currently not listed as a designated Advanced Practitioner Status subject so it is not possible to apply for Advanced Practitioner Status with the RCVS.

Your learning options: 

The Endoscopy & Endosurgery 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

Practical components 

Each module of this programme has a practical component, allowing you to develop your skills and boost your performance in practice. You will be guided by a renowned expert in this field to ensure that you acquire the most up-to-date knowledge to share with your colleagues on return to your practice. The practical modules are: 

  • Introduction to endoscopy and endosurgery: instrumentation 
  • Flexible endoscopy: basic techniques and lower gastrointestinal tract
  • Flexible endoscopy: upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Flexible endoscopy: respiratory tract and therapeutic techniques 
  • Rigid endoscopy: basic principles of rhinoscopy and other ‘oscopies’
  • Rigid endoscopy: otoendoscopy, urethrocystoscopy and vaginoscopy
  • Rigid endoscopy: laparoscopy 
  • Rigid endoscopy: ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy
  • Arthroscopy I
  • Arthroscopy II
  • Rigid endoscopy: thoracoscopy
  • An introduction to laser endosurgery

Click on the modules tab at the top of the page to see the content that will be taught within each module. 

 

This programme is kindly sponsored by:

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Venue: Swindon
Start date: 4 March 2021

PgC/GPCert Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery
4 Mar 2021
20 Oct 2021
p
12 Day Course
Swindon
Ed Hall, Hannes Bergmann, Philip Lhermette
£9,995.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC

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Venue: Swindon
Start date: 4 March 2021

PgC/GPCert Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery
4 Mar 2021
20 Oct 2021
p
12 Day Course
Swindon
Ed Hall, Hannes Bergmann, Philip Lhermette
£9,995.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 4 March 2021

Introduction to Endoscopy and Endosurgery: Instrumentation
Mar 2021 | Swindon

This module will cover the history of endoscopy and the development of instrumentation to current day including current applications of endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery in human and veterinary surgery. The structure, function and care of the rigid and flexible endoscope will be covered in detail together with advice on suitable instrumentation for different situations in general practice. Accessory instrumentation will also be discussed in detail and available for use in a dry lab environment. Special attention will be given to the use of electrosurgery and electrosurgical equipment in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) as this is an important means of haemostasis and requires special care in this field. Finally advice on incorporating endoscopy into general practice will enable you to realise a realistic return on your investment.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Review the history and current applications of endoscopy in human surgery and relate this to current veterinary practice
  • Endoscopic instrumentation including rigid and flexible endoscopes
  • Discuss the application of accessory instrumentation and electrosurgery for rigid and flexible endoscopy
  • Learn how to incorporate endoscopy into a veterinary practice
  • Become familiar with how to clean and care for the equipment
  • Understand the use and application of electrosurgery to minimally invasive technique

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Flexible Endoscopy: Basic Techniques and Lower Gastrointestinal Tract
Mar 2021 | Swindon

By using a mixture of didactic, video-based and hands-on practical teaching, this module will cover the techniques of using and caring for flexible endoscopes based on an understanding of their construction and capabilities. Instruction in diagnostic lower gastrointestinal flexible endoscopy will cover patient preparation and endoscopic techniques using a model. The module will enhance your abilities to recognise abnormalities and obtain diagnostic samples.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for lower gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Understand the possible complications of lower gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Review patient preparation and general endoscopic technique
  • Appreciate the normal endoscopic appearance of ileum, colon, caecum and rectum
  • Practise techniques using anatomical models

Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Flexible Endoscopy: Upper Gastrointestinal Tract
May 2021 | Swindon

By using a mixture of didactic, video-based and hands-on practical teaching, this course will cover the techniques for diagnostic upper gastrointestinal flexible endoscopy, using anatomical models, and will cover patient preparation and endoscopic techniques. The module will enhance your abilities to intubate the duodenum and to recognise abnormalities in the upper GI tract and to obtain diagnostic samples.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Revise the possible complications of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Understand patient preparation and general endoscopic technique
  • Appreciate the normal endoscopic appearance of oesophagus, stomach and duodenum
  • Review biopsy techniques
  • Practise techniques using anatomical models

Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Flexible Endoscopy: Respiratory Tract and Therapeutic Techniques
May 2021 | Swindon

By using a mixture of didactic, video-based and hands-on practical teaching, this module will cover the techniques of using flexible end, with practice in models. It will cover patient preparation and endoscopic techniques. The module will enhance your abilities to recognise abnormalities and obtain diagnostic samples. Therapeutic uses of endoscopy, including removal of foreign bodies and placement of feeding tubes will also be demonstrated.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for respiratory tract endoscopy
  • Be aware of the possible complications of respiratory tract endoscopy
  • Review patient preparation and general endoscopic technique for examination of upper and lower respiratory tracts
  • Understand normal endoscopic appearance of nasal cavity, larynx, trachea and bronchi
  • Consider sample collection techniques
  • Improve your abilities in foreign body retrieval and feeding tube placement techniques
  • Practise techniques using anatomical models

Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Basic Principles of Rhinoscopy and other 'Oscopies'
Jun 2021 | Swindon

The basic technique for efficient rhinoscopic examination of the nasopharynx, nose and para-nasal sinuses will be discussed in detail along with biopsy techniques and common nasal pathology including neoplasia. Laser debulking of nasal masses will be discussed and diagnosis and treatment of nasal aspergillosis using a minimally invasive technique will also be covered. Endoscopic examination of pharyngeal stick injuries and other traumatic wounds and fistulas will also be discussed. There will be ample opportunity to practise these techniques in a wet-lab environment.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the range of rigid endoscopic equipment available for examination of the upper respiratory tract
  • Perform a thorough endoscopic examination of the upper respiratory tract using a rigid endoscope
  • Examine the frontal sinuses
  • Recognise common nasal pathology and treat nasal aspergillosis
  • Discuss other ‘oscopies’ including exploration of stick injuries and fistulae
  • Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Otoendoscopy, Urethrocystoscopy and Vaginoscopy
Jun 2021 | Swindon

The module will cover basic video-otoscopy techniques including the examination of the external ear canal and tympanic bulla. The technique of myringotomy will be discussed in detail together with collection of diagnostic samples from the ear. Examination of the lower urinary tract of the bitch and queen will be covered in detail including instrumentation and technique. Diagnosis and treatment of common pathology including paramesonephric remnants, ectopic ureters, urinary sphincter mechanism incontinence and transitional cell carcinoma will also be covered and there will be ample opportunity to practise these techniques in a wet lab environment.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for otoendoscopy, urethrocystoscopy and vaginoscopy
  • Understand the possible complications of the above examinations
  • Review patient preparation and general endoscopic techniques for the above examinations in male and female dogs and cats
  • Familiarise yourself with the normal endoscopic appearance of the ear, vagina, urethra and bladder
  • Learn biopsy and sampling techniques as well as the treatment of some common conditions
  • Practise techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Laparoscopy
Jul 2021 | Swindon

The module will cover the basic approach and principles of laparoscopy in the dog and cat. Basic laparoscopic procedures will be covered and several laparoscopic procedures will be covered in detail including liver, pancreas and other organ biopsy techniques, full thickness bowel biopsy, laparoscopic gastropexy and GI foreign body removal, jejunostomy tube placement and cryptorchidectomy. Laparoscopic assisted cystoscopy will also be covered and there will be ample opportunity to practise laparoscopic techniques and instrument handling in a dry and wet-lab environment.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for laparoscopy
  • Understand the possible complications of laparoscopy
  • Review patient preparation and general endoscopic technique for laparoscopy
  • Become familiar with normal endoscopic appearance of the abdominal cavity and its organs
  • Consolidate your organ biopsy techniques
  • Practise techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Ovariectomy and Ovariohysterectomy
Jul 2021 | Swindon

Minimally invasive surgery has transformed the way surgical procedures have been performed over the past twenty years and many veterinary clinics are now performing many or all of their bitch spays laparoscopically. The benefits are self-evident and the procedure is well received, indeed sought out, by clients. Many clinics already own flexible endoscopy equipment and thus have much of the basic equipment necessary for rigid endoscopy and laparoscopy. Additional equipment and training is required to perform laparoscopy and this expense must be justified.

Most surgeons starting laparoscopy would consider the bitch spay as the core procedure and main reason for investing in the equipment. It is a routine procedure that is done on an almost daily basis and will therefore provide a return on investment as well as providing sufficient practise in technique to enable surgeons to do other, more advanced techniques and expand their repertoire.

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the instrumentation necessary for sterilisation surgeries
  • Understand the techniques and possible complications of laparoscopic sterilisation procedures
  • Consider the choice between ovariohysterectomy / ovariectomy and the benefits of a minimally invasive approach
  • Revise the use of electrosurgery devices for haemostasis and cutting
  • Discuss the economics of incorporating laparoscopic spays into private practice
  • Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Arthroscopy I
Sep 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Consider the instrumentation necessary for arthroscopic procedures
  • Discuss common joint pathology
  • Understand the indications for arthroscopy
  • Review patient preparation and the creation of portals for approaching the elbow, shoulder and stifle joints
  • Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Arthroscopy II
Sep 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform an arthroscopic examination of the elbow, shoulder and stifle joints
  • Complete some simple arthroscopic surgery of the elbow and shoulder
  • Understand the possible complications of the above procedures
  • Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Thoracoscopy
Oct 2021 | Swindon

Exploratory thoracotomy is rarely performed in practice due to patient morbidity and mortality. However, thoracoscopy provides better surgical exposure, a magnified well illuminated image and greatly decreased morbidity and mortality making exploratory thoracoscopy a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool for the general practitioner. The indications for thoracoscopy will be discussed and the basic principles and approach to the thoracoscopic examination of the chest will be covered. The benefits of the paraxiphoid transdiaphragmatic approach and the intercostal approach will be compared in relation to some common surgical procedures. Biopsy techniques and pericardectomy will be covered in some detail and other thoracoscopic procedures will be reviewed. Instrument handling techniques will be practised in a dry lab environment before practicing actual procedures in a wet lab.

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the instrumentation necessary for thoracoscopy procedures
  • Describe the indications for diagnostic thoracoscopy
  • Revise the approaches to the thoracic cavity – telescope portals
  • Understand the techniques for an exploratory thoracoscopy, lung and lymph node biopsies and pericardectomy
  • Consider the possible complications of thoracoscopy
  • Practise some of the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
An Introduction to Laser Endosurgery
Oct 2021 | Swindon

Lasers are becoming more common in first opinion veterinary practice and diode lasers in particular lend themselves extremely well to minimally invasive procedures as the laser light is delivered via a flexible fibre that can be passed down the instrument channel of the endoscope. This enables the surgeon to resect tissue, de-bulk tumours and provide haemostasis with extreme precision.

The module will include discussion of the types of laser equipment available as well as the techniques and application of lasers in endoscopy including the treatment of GI, nasal and bladder tumours and for the resection of ectopic ureters. There will be several lasers available for practise of these techniques in the wet lab.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Review the equipment available for laser surgery in animals
  • Discuss the use of lasers in conjunction with endoscopy
  • Understand how to perform laser de-bulking of tumours in the GI tract, nose and bladder plus resection of ectopic ureters
  • Consider the possible complications of laser surgery
  • Practise some of the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 4 March 2021

PgC/GPCert Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery
4 Mar 2021
20 Oct 2021
p
12 Day Course
Swindon
Ed Hall, Hannes Bergmann, Philip Lhermette
£9,995.00 + VAT

Endoscopy & Endosurgery Pricing

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Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
PgC/GPCert Programme £9,995.00 £0.00 £9,995.00
PgC/GPCert Programme (Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments) £792.00 £995.00 £10,499.00
PgC/GPCert Programme (Deposit and Payment in Full) £9,000.00 £995.00 £9,995.00
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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: 4 March 2021

PgC/GPCert Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery
4 Mar 2021
20 Oct 2021
p
12 Day Course
Swindon
Ed Hall, Hannes Bergmann, Philip Lhermette
£9,995.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 4 March 2021

PgC/GPCert Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery
4 Mar 2021
20 Oct 2021
p
12 Day Course
Swindon
Ed Hall, Hannes Bergmann, Philip Lhermette
£9,995.00 + VAT

Route to a PgC