Dermatology

Online Learning Programme

Explore the latest dermatologic developments from a new (online) perspective

Skin disorders are fairly common clinical presentations in small animal practices – but that doesn’t mean their diagnosis and treatment are always easy to figure out. Improve International invites you to embark on an immersive and interactive learning experience – the NEW Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Dermatology. Through online lectures and different case discussions, you will learn how to confidently approach the dog, cat and exotic patient presenting with the various manifestations of skin disease in a logical and scientific manner. 

 Ready to expand your clinical problem-solving skills?  

This new 100% online CPD programme comprises 14 modules with all the current information in veterinary dermatology. You will have a chance to revisit basic topics, such as the anatomy and physiology of the skin, and to develop your knowledge in common conditions as pruritus, pigmentation, alopecia and ulceration. You will also be provided with the latest knowledge in more unusual disorders like immune-mediated skin disease, neoplasia, and infectious conditions. 

Each module of the course will spread over a month, giving you plenty of time to study and explore our innovative learning resources (such as videos from the tutors, real-world clinical cases, notes and quizzes).  

 Benefit from a rich learning experience provided by online learning specialists  

The Dermatology Postgraduate Certificate Programme is a high-quality online course that enables you to improve your skills without leaving the comfort of your own home or practice. The programme content is overseen by Peri Lau Gillard DVM Cert VD DipECVD MRCVS EBVS and built by a team of online learning specialists.  

Change your perspective on skin disease, uncover all the latest developments in this area and achieve a recognised qualification awarded by ISVPS and Harper Adams University.   

About this programme:

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14 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects in small animal dermatology delivered over 2 years 

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is recognised in their subject field

The specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions 

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Leading online learning experience

Presentations, written notes, diagrams, interactive quizzes and exercises test your knowledge as you work 

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Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors 

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Recognised Course Director

Peri Lau Gillard DVM Cert VD DipECVD MRCVS EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology oversees the programme ensuring the latest content  

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Know-How

Join the global veterinary online CPD specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources 

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Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace 

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 via our world-leading Learning Management Platform 

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Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress 

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Dedicated Programme Coordinator

A dedicated Programme Coordinator who will support you every step of the way 

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Interactive and engaging modules

Which allow you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment 

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Cutaneous Pathological Processes
  2. Clinical History, Examination and Essential Diagnostic Techniques
  3. Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology
  4. Alopecia, Keratinisation and Pigmentary Disorders
  5. Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
  6. Neoplasia
  7. Eyelids and Ears
  8. Allergic Skin Disorders
  9. Immune-Mediated Disorders
  10. Infectious Diseases
  11. Exotic Animal Dermatology
  12. Nutritional, Genetic, Congenital, hereditary
  13. Wound Management & Surgery
  14. Feet, Nails, Anal Sacs
Qualifications

The Dermatology Online Programme offers you a comprehensive range of structured learning with the ultimate flexibility to access the training that you want whilst working around your busy practice life.

You can choose to let the Programme give you new knowledge and skills to take back to practice or you can work towards a recognised qualification.

General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

By attending the full online structured programme and the successful completion of the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) assessments including an exam you can gain the GPCert awarded by ISVPS.

Only registered veterinary surgeons who have been qualified for a minimum of one year can apply to undertake a General Practitioner Certificate.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

A route to a PgC in Dermatology is available through our partnership with Harper Adams University (HAU).

The PgC is a recognised higher education qualification demonstrating that you have achieved the required standard within a designated subject. The qualification represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. You will have to take the Advanced Practitioner Module which is delivered by HAU. Contact us for further information.

For GPCert and PgC fees please see our pricing table in the ‘Pricing’ tab above.

RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

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 the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes. You will also need to provide evidence of Key Professional Skills knowledge to the RCVS when applying for the Advanced Practitioner Status.

Benefits

Benefits for you:

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Progress your career and achieve academic recognition

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Develop a logical approach to cases and problem solving
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Grow your small animal caseload and revenue stream
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Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex cases

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Recognised programmes for application to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

Benefits for your clients:

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Accelerated diagnosis
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Improve animal care

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Increase in treatment options
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Reassure your client that their pet is in safe hands

Benefits for your practice:

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Increase practice revenues

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Improve productivity

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Reduce external referrals and increased practice capabilities

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Transfer knowledge and skills within practice

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Demonstrate your commitment to enhancing practice standards

Why study with us?
  • Established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons providing the highest quality training programmes
  • Now operating in 20 countries worldwide and various locations in the UK
  • Originators of modular CPD for veterinary professionals and still a company which is run by vets
  • More than 20,000 veterinarians have benefited from our modular training
  • We use world-class speakers to deliver the academic syllabus whilst ensuring content is relevant to practice
  • Our practical training facilities are purpose-built and contain the latest technology
  • Postgraduate programmes accredited by the International School of Veterinary Studies (ISVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University (HAU)

Tutors:

Aiden Foster

Aiden Foster

BSc (Nott.), B.V.Sc., MRCVS, CertSAD, PhD (Bristol), DipACVD, FHEA
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David Shearer

BVetMed PhD CertSAD PGCert(VetEd), FHEA, CBiol MRSB MRCVS.
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Ewan Ferguson

BVM&S, DVD, MRCVS
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Guillaume Chanoit

DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
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Prof. Simon Girling

BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS
Richard Harvey

Richard Harvey

BVSc DVD DipECVD PhD FRSB FRCVS
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Rosario Cerundolo

DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS
Susan Paterson

Susan Paterson

MA VetMB DVD DipECVD FRCVS
Tatiana Brito Lima

Tatiana Brito Lima

Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Cutaneous Pathological Processes
1 Feb 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the function and properties of the skin of companion animals

    Outline the skin and hair follicle morphogenesis

    Recall gross skin anatomy and physiology

    Discuss the microscopic skin anatomy and physiology

    Review the pathological processes occurring in skin disease

    Explain how pathological processes relate to clinical signs and the diagnosis of disease

    Revise hypersensitivity reaction types I, II, III, IV in the skin and examples of specific skin diseases involving these processes

    Explain the response of skin to physical, chemical and microbiological insults

    Develop basic knowledge of the pathogenesis of skin neoplasia


Speaker: Aiden Foster BSc (Nott.), B.V.Sc., MRCVS, CertSAD, PhD (Bristol), DipACVD, FHEA
Clinical History, Examination and Essential Diagnostic Techniques
1 Mar 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Know how to take an accurate clinical history and understand its interpretation in the diagnosis of skin disease

Become adept at performing a general physical examination

Be able to carry out a detailed examination of the skin

Be capable of accurately identifying and describing skin lesions

Familiarise yourself with the key diagnostic tests and their use

Improve your diagnostic skills and ability to manage common skin diseases

Explain the pros and cons of intradermal testing and allergen serology in the management of

atopic dermatitis


Speaker: Aiden Foster BSc (Nott.), B.V.Sc., MRCVS, CertSAD, PhD (Bristol), DipACVD, FHEA
Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology
1 Apr 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Describe techniques to collect skin biopsies, their 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 viral, fungal, protozoal and bacterial diseases – techniques and interpretation

Have an understanding of the principles of the use of pattern analysis by histopathologists in dermatohistopathology as it relates to pathogenesis, disease and diagnosis

Be able to interpret histopathology reports


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS
General Conditions commonly found in Dermatology: Alopecia, Keratinisation and Pigmentary Disorders
1 May 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Alopecia:

Describe the pathogenesis of alopecia

Appreciate the clinical features of alopecia

Recall the differential diagnosis of alopecia and have knowledge of specific conditions which cause alopecia

Outline how to investigate alopecia using a problem-solving approach

Be conversant with treatment of alopecic conditions

Keratinisation disorders

Describe the pathogenesis of keratinisation disorders/scaling

Appreciate the clinical features of these disorders

Recognise the differential diagnosis of these disorders and have knowledge of specific

Conditions which cause keratinisation disorders

Outline how to investigate scaling diseases using a problem-solving approach

Be familiar with the treatment options

Pigmentary disorders

Describe the pathogenesis and clinical features of pigment changes, genetic or acquired

resulting in hypo- or hyperpigmentation

Recall the differential diagnosis including specific conditions causing pigmentary disorders

Outline how to investigate pigment changes using a problem-solving approach

Gain knowledge about treatment options


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS
Dermatological Manifestations of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
1 Jun 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Describe the physiology of the endocrine system

Explain the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of the more common endocrine diseases

Be familiar with metabolic diseases, their aetiology, how to diagnose and how to treat these

diseases


Speaker: Tatiana Brito Lima
Neoplasia
1 Aug 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Explain the biology of tumours

Recognise common neoplastic presentations – localised, diffuse and systemic

Demonstrate knowledge of the following types of neoplasia: neoplasia of skin structures – benign, malignant, mast cell tumours, lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma and their variants, mammary tumours, testicular tumours

Recognise neoplasia of other structures with involvement of the skin

Understand and 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 auto immune diseases

Be familiar with the treatment options available and the prognosis for different neoplasms


Speaker: David Shearer BVetMed PhD CertSAD PGCert(VetEd), FHEA, CBiol MRSB MRCVS.
Diseases of the Eyelids, Ears and Pinnae
1 Sep 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Review the anatomy of the pinna, external ear canal, bulla and inner ear including specialised glands and normal microbial flora and microbiome of the ear canal

Describe the diseases affecting the pinnae in dogs and cats

Discuss the aetiology, clinical signs, diagnostic approach and therapy of infectious, parasitic, immune-mediated, and neoplastic eyelid disease


Speaker: Susan Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD FRCVS
Allergic Skin Disorders
1 Oct 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Gain knowledge of the immune system and immune response by the skin

Consolidate your knowledge of urticaria and angioedema, allergic contact dermatitis, flea bite hypersensitivity, canine cutaneous adverse food reaction (CAFR), canine CAFR with concurrent atopic dermatitis, canine atopic dermatitis, feline atopic syndrome and feline atopic skin syndrome

Review the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options

Recall the different treatment modalities for canine and feline allergic skin diseases


Speaker: Richard Harvey BVSc DVD DipECVD PhD FRSB FRCVS
Auto Immune and Immune Mediated Skin Diseases
1 Nov 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Deepen your understanding of the structure and function of the skin immune system and the current theories of mechanisms that may lead to auto-immune disease

Be able to explain the innate and adaptive immune response

Recognise the revised classification of auto-antibody-mediated autoimmune skin diseases in dogs and cats from 2018

Be familiar with the current (recommended/suggested) classification of lymphocyte-mediated autoimmune skin diseases in dogs and cats

Explain the pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic approach and treatment options of immune-mediated diseases in which a dysregulated immune-response to exogenous – but not self-antigen(s) – develops or fails to abate

Be familiar with immunosuppressive and immunomodulating drugs and their application to the management of canine and feline immune-mediated disease. Gain knowledge about their properties, their synergistic immunosuppressive effects, their potential side effects and potential drug interaction


Speaker: Richard Harvey BVSc DVD DipECVD PhD FRSB FRCVS
Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare
1 Jan 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Know the clinical pathology of the major bacterial, viral, protozoal, fungal and parasitic diseases (mites, insects and ticks) affecting the skin of companion animals in the UK and Europe including vector borne diseases such as leishmaniosis

Recognise zoonotic diseases and their health and safety concerns and precautions to be taken

Demonstrate knowledge of preventative healthcare measures that can be implemented for infectious or parasitic skin conditions

Demonstrate knowledge of treatment measures for bacterial, viral, protozoal, fungal and parasitic skin conditions


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS
Exotic Animal Dermatology
1 Feb 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Describe the normal skin anatomy of exotic species (rabbits and rodents, reptiles and cage birds)

Recognise the importance of husbandry – housing, environment, nutrition on the dermatological health of these species

Gain knowledge about ecdysis/dysecdysis in reptiles

Be familiar with the common conditions seen in rabbits and rodents, reptiles and cage birds and their pathogenesis, clinical features, differential diagnosis, investigation and treatment of them


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS
Nutritional, Genetic, Congenital, Hereditary, Environmental and Miscellaneous Skin Diseases
1 Mar 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Review the nutritional supply to the skin and how deficiencies or excess in nutrients can lead to skin diseases

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the role of nutrients (including essential amino acids, EFAs, vitamins and minerals) in metabolism and their importance to skin biology and pathology

Discuss the pathophysiology of nutritional skin disorders, the breed predispositions, mode of inheritance if known, the clinical signs associated with these diseases, diagnostic test to confirm diagnosis and treatment options

Explain the pathogenesis and clinical features of genetic, congenital and hereditary skin conditions

Appreciate the differential diagnosis of these conditions and the approach to the investigations and treatment

Identify diseases due to physical agents, chemical agents, ultraviolet radiation, temperature change, and trauma, their clinical features and treatment options

Gain knowledge of the aetiology, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of unusual and rare skin conditions


Speaker: Ewan Ferguson BVM&S, DVD, MRCVS
Wound Management & Surgery
1 Apr 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Be familiar with different type 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

Be able to explain why some dermatological conditions become surgical (skin fold dermatitis, otitis externa/media, pododermatitis) or may benefit from laser therapy

Describe the principles of ear surgery (which techniques to use and when)


Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
Diseases of the Feet, Nails and Anal Sacs
1 May 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Explain the pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic approach and treatment options of diseases affecting the interdigital skin and/or footpads

Study the pathophysiology, clinical signs, investigations and therapy of diseases affecting the claws and/or claw bed

Demonstrate knowledge about anal sac diseases including inflammatory and neoplastic processes as well as the entity anal furunculosis in dogs

Be aware of investigations needed to accomplish a diagnosis and be familiar with therapeutic options


Speaker: Susan Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD FRCVS

Small Animal Dermatology Online Learning Pricing

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GPCert Programme£999.00£5,250.00£6,249.00
PgC Programme£999.00£7,250.00£8,249.00
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GPCert Programme£999.00£5,500.00£6,499.00
PgC Programme£999.00£7,500.00£8,499.00
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Programme prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees. PgC option also includes Harper Adams University registration and assessment fees.
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Small Animal Dermatology Online Learning
1 Feb 2022 – 31 May 2023
14 Online Modules
Rosario Cerundolo, David Shearer, Guillaume Chanoit, Prof. Simon Girling, Ewan Ferguson, Tatiana Brito Lima, Susan Paterson, Richard Harvey, Aiden Foster
GPCert or PgC
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
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I had a really good experience with the online platform. The speaker has been excellent, and the sessions were very interactive.

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