Emergency Medicine and Surgery

Online Learning Programme

Think like an emergency vet and achieve better outcomes for your patients

Emergencies are stressful situations that often fill veterinary surgeons with dread. This feeling results from the fear of the unknown and the realisation that one decision can make a difference between life and death. Improve International’s NEW Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) Programme in Emergency Medicine and Surgery has been transformed to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to deal with these situations and think like an emergency vet!  

The most up to date content in emergency practice  

This online learning CPD programme is brought to you by worldwide specialists, all diplomates from European or American colleges. Content includes key emergency medical and surgical procedures around the major organ systems which have been peer-reviewed and expanded to include new topics and to provide you with more time to study. The course is built around 14 online modules, each containing an introductory video from the tutor, 9 interactive lessons for you to work through, 2 case studies, notes and pre and post-module questions.  

At the end of the programme, you can also choose to attend three optional practical attendance modules which will cover emergency ultrasound, surgical techniques, and several emergency procedures. For those completing the full Emergency Medicine and Surgery Programme, you can purchase these modules at an exclusive price. 

Learn and practise with the best professionals in the field  

Our new programme offers you the perfect mix of online and practical learning. The world-leading online platform will allow you to immerse yourself in each subject, through interactive materials and high-quality videos featuring different procedures. Advance your learning at your own pace, with 24/7 access whenever and wherever you are, and gain the confidence to deal with any emergency situation.   

This programme can also be undertaken as an attendance course, giving you the flexibility to decide the right learning approach for you. Find out more here. 

Key features of this programme:

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14 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects in emergency medicine and surgery delivered over 2 years 

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3 face-to-face modules

You can choose to attend 3 optional practical modules at the end of your programme, covering emergency ultrasound, surgical techniquesand emergency procedures

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is a recognised specialist in small animal medicine

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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Recognised Course Director

Ludivine Boiron MSC DVM DACVECC DiplACVECC MRCVS American Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care oversees the programme ensuring that you have access to the latest content

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World-leading online learning experience

Presentations, written notes, diagrams, interactive quizzes and exercises which 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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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 Tutor

A dedicated Programme Tutor 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. 

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Know-how

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

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. The Initial Approach to the Emergency Patient
  2. Supporting the Emergency Patient, Monitoring and Pharmacology
  3. Laboratory Diagnosis, Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine
  4. Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Sedation and Therapeutics
  5. Neurological Emergencies
  6. Toxicological Emergencies
  7. Urological, Reproductive and Paediatric Emergencies
  8. Cardiovascular Emergencies & CPCR
  9. Endocrine and Metabolic Emergencies
  10. Respiratory Tract Emergencies
  11. Principles of Surgery and Approach to Trauma and Wound Management
  12. Emergencies in Rabbits, Rodents and Cage Birds
  13. Ophthalmological Emergencies
  14. Gastrointestinal Emergencies and Nutrition in the Critically Ill Patient

Joining the programme at different points may require you to double-up on some of the modules but will not affect your eligibility to progress onto either certificated route.

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Qualifications

Our Emergency Medicine and Surgery Online Learning 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 following successful assessment including an exam you can gain the GPCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (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 Small Animal Medicine 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. In order to apply for this route, additional assessments will be necessary, please contact us for further information.

For GPCert and PgC fees please see our pricing table – in the pricing tab.

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:

Alessandra Mathis

DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS
Alex Hatch

Alex Hatch

BSc (Hons) BVetmed (Hons) MVetmed DipACVECC
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Anthony Gonzalez

DVM DACVECC
Carlos Rosalemany

Carlos Rosalemany

LdoVet DipECVN
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Céline Pouzot-Nevoret

DVM PhD Dip.ECVECC
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Cristina Seruca

DVM DipECVO MRCVS
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Daria Starybrat

DVM PGCertVMS MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS
Duana McBride

Duana McBride

BVSc DipACVECC MVMedSc FHEA MRCVS
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Graham Zoller

DMV IPSAV (Zoo Med) Dip.ECZM (Avian)
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Katharine Davis Mauro

Lluis Sánchez

Lluis Sánchez

LdoVet MRCVS DipECVN
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Ludivine Boiron

DVM, MSc, MRCVS, DACVECC
Poppy Gant

Poppy Gant

BVSc MVETMED DiplACVECC MRCVS
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Sabrina Hoehne

DVM Dipl ACVECC Dipl ECVECC
Sophie Gilbert

Sophie Gilbert

DVM, MsC, Dipl ECVS
The Initial Approach to the Emergency Patient
1 Nov 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Appreciate triage systems and detail a suitable initial patient assessment

  • Explain emergency vascular access techniques including sites, catheter placement, preparations and complications including jugular and intraosseous techniques

  • Recognise the principles of initial pain management, stabilisation, and monitoring (including the rule of Kirby)

  • Review health and safety concerns and precautions including managing a situation involving potential zoonoses and nosocomial infections in the ICU

  • Recognise the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions, and adverse effects of common therapeutics agents: anti-microbials and anti-parasitic drugs (CYTP450 mechanism, MDR1 mutation, species-specific enzyme mutation/deficiency)

  • Use of physiotherapy, general nursing of CIP

  • Recognise the administrative, legal and ethical issues involving the critically ill patient


Speaker: Alex Hatch BSc (Hons) BVetmed (Hons) MVetmed DipACVECC
Supporting the Emergency Patient, Monitoring and Pharmacology
3 Jan 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise the techniques to monitor organ function (arterial blood pressure, pulse oximetry, capnography

  • Identify the procedures to maintain the body temperature

  • Assess, recognise and treat shock

  • Develop a strategy for the treatment of shock

  • Develop your appreciation of the indications for the different types of fluid therapy with their advantages and disadvantages and the need for electrolyte supplementation

  • Explain the need to monitor for complications during treatment and to record central venous pressure


Speaker: Poppy Gant BVSc MVETMED DiplACVECC MRCVS
Laboratory Diagnosis, Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine
1 Feb 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recall sampling techniques, processing, storage,and data recording•
  • Apply knowledge to using the microscope to examine blood smears, urinary sediment and basic cytology and be able to diagnose common acute conditions seen in general practice
  • Assess haemostasis•Interpret clinical laboratory medicine information including haematology, biochemistry, electrolyte,and arterial and blood gas analyses
  • Consider when transfusion should be considered
  • Select appropriate blood products and protocols to minimise adverse outcomes
  • Manage common conditions leading to haematological abnormalities requiring transfusion
  • Define and explain the concept of massive transfusion
  • Identify the diagnosis, pathophysiology,and treatment of acute traumatic coagulopathy

Speaker: Sabrina Hoehne DVM Dipl ACVECC Dipl ECVECC
Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Sedation and Therapeutics
1 Mar 2022 | Online
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of sedation and anaesthesia

  • Approach to patient stabilisation prior to anaesthesia

  • Select an appropriate parenteral, inhalational or mixed anaesthetic regimes and appreciate their relative advantages and disadvantages

  • Recognise the main anaesthetic equipment and monitoring techniques, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages

  • Explore different analgesic techniques (NSAIDs, local anaesthetics, opioids and other analgesics) and when to use them in the emergency patient

  • Decide about the use of other drugs including neuromuscular blocking agents and sedatives in the emergency patient


Speaker: Alessandra Mathis DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS
Neurological Emergencies
1 Apr 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe how to perform a neurological examination

  • Select appropriate diagnostic tests and apply them to individual cases, including radiography and CSF analysis

  • Manage common neurological emergencies including head trauma, traumatic brain injury, MUO and seizures


Speaker: Carlos Rosalemany LdoVet DipECVN
Speaker: Lluis Sánchez LdoVet MRCVS DipECVN
Toxicological Emergencies
1 May 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Triage poisoned patients, recalling the general principles of intoxication
  • Recognise the clinical signs and management options fortoxicities caused byinsecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparationsandplants
  • Assess the prognosis of patients presented with the common poisonings

Speaker: Daria Starybrat DVM PGCertVMS MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS
Urological, Reproductive and Paediatric Emergencies
1 Jun 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Apply diagnostic techniques including laboratory investigations and imaging to these cases

  • Investigate and manage common renal and urinary tract emergencies, namely urethral obstruction, ureteral obstruction and management of nonsurgical acute kidney injury

  • Recognise the principles of renal, ureteral, bladder and urethral surgery

  • Recall the steps to correctly perform a cystocentesis

  • Identify the limitations, principles of placement and maintenance of urinary catheters

  • Recall the normal reproductive physiology

  • Identify the physiological aspects involved in the conversion from foetal to neonatal circulation

  • Diagnose and establish a management plan for common reproductive and paediatric emergencies, namely C section, mastitis, pyometra and prostatitis

  • Diagnose and establish a management plan for common paediatric emergencies, including hypothermia, hypoglycaemia, failure in passive immunity and malnutrition


Speaker: Katharine Davis Mauro
Cardiovascular Emergencies & CPCR
1 Jul 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the cardiovascular assessment and management of patients presented with cardiovascular emergencies

  • Utilise and interpret a range of diagnostic techniques including ECGs, radiographs, echocardiographs, and laboratory data

  • Diagnose and manage acute canine congestive heart failure, feline cardiomyopathy, and aortic thromboembolism

  • Recognise and manage pericardial disease including pericardiocentesis

  • Identify and manage cardiac arrhythmias

  • Consider the predisposing factors likely to result in cardiac arrest, how this changes the approach to CPR and determining prognosis following CPR

  • Identify the various components of CPR (DABC) and their importance


Speaker: Anthony Gonzalez DVM DACVECC
Endocrine and Metabolic Emergencies
1 Sep 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Detail the common metabolic conditions requiring urgent or emergency therapy

  • Recognise the impact of metabolic disturbances on the patient’s major body systems

  • Devise an approach to the diagnosis and management of common diseases including hypoadrenocorticism, DKA, thyroid storm and metabolic diseases related to hypoglycaemia

  • Appreciate the complications encountered during therapy, their prevention and management


Speaker: Ludivine Boiron DVM, MSc, MRCVS, DACVECC
Respiratory Tract Emergencies
1 Oct 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recall the concepts and procedures involved in a general approach to dyspnoea

  • Triage and create a management plan for patients in respiratory distress

  • Utilise and interpret a range of diagnostic techniques for respiratory patients including auscultation, radiography, endoscopy and arterial blood gas analysis to localise the underlying cause

  • Appreciate the methods of oxygen delivery and be able to monitor the efficacy of treatment

  • Review the problems associated with oxygen delivery

  • Explain the techniques available for drainage of the pleural cavity


Speaker: Céline Pouzot-Nevoret DVM PhD Dip.ECVECC
Principles of Surgery and Approach to Trauma and Wound Management
1 Nov 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Stabilise a patient prior to surgery, plan surgery and manage complications

  • Appreciate the indications for immediate surgical intervention

  • Define damage-controlled resuscitation and identify the cases where it applies

  • Recall surgical asepsis, theatre protocol and the rational use of anti-microbials in surgical patients

  • Approach the acute management of haemostasis, abdominal and respiratory trauma

  • Approach external soft tissue wounds, myocardial injury, and musculoskeletal trauma


Speaker: Sophie Gilbert DVM, MsC, Dipl ECVS
Emergencies in Rabbits, Rodents and Cage Birds
2 Jan 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Interpret the practical findings of a physical examination

  • Formulate a diagnostic approach to common presentations of emergency conditions

  • Manage common emergency conditions

  • Approach the anaesthesia and analgesia of these species in emergency situations


Speaker: Graham Zoller DMV IPSAV (Zoo Med) Dip.ECZM (Avian)
Ophthalmological Emergencies
1 Feb 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe how to perform a systematic ophthalmological examination

  • Recognise normal features and variants

  • Formulate a diagnostic approach to common presentations including the red eye, ocular pain, ocular discharge, blindness, proptosis and retinal detachment

  • Manage common ocular conditions including corneal ulceration, uveitis, and glaucoma

  • Identify ocular manifestations of systemic disease

  • Select ocular medications based on their therapeutical principles


Speaker: Cristina Seruca DVM DipECVO MRCVS
Gastrointestinal Emergencies and Nutrition in the Critically Ill Patient
1 Mar 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the “acute abdomen”

  • Recognise common emergency conditions affecting the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, and pancreas

  • Formulate a diagnostic plan, including the use of imaging modalities, and effective monitoring strategies for these cases

  • Select the appropriate surgical intervention

  • Assess acute malnutrition

  • Recognise the procedures to provide enteral, total parenteral and partial parenteral nutrition

  • Create a diagnostic and management plan to approach the refeeding syndrome


Speaker: Duana McBride BVSc DipACVECC MVMedSc FHEA MRCVS

At the end of the Emergency Medicine and Surgery Online Learning Programme, you can choose to book three optional attendance practical modules, delivered by Ludivine Boiron. These modules (details below) will be delivered at our state-of-the-art training venue using the latest equipment and capped to a maximum of 12 delegates. For those wanting to book the full programme, these modules will be at an exclusive price. You can also book these at a later date by contacting your Programme Tutor. Please note, we will be opening these up to our wider veterinary community so let us know as soon as possible, so we can guarantee you a place!

Entry Requirements

Initial registration for the Optional Practical Attendance Modules is open on a first come first serve basis to delegates booking onto the Emergency Medicine and Surgery Online Learning Programme until 1st December 2021. Any bookings made thereafter will be subject to review and acceptance. Improve International has the right to refuse a booking if it does not meet the entry requirements stated above. Please contact us for further information.

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Practical Day 1
Apr 2023 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives:

During this practical session you will have an opportunity to practise the following techniques:

  • CPCR

  • Feeding tubes placement

  • Arterial blood collection

  • Central venous catheter placement

  • Nasal cannula placement

  • Venous cut down

  • Tracheotomy and chest drain placement


Speaker: Ludivine Boiron DVM, MSc, MRCVS, DACVECC
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Practical Day 2
Apr 2023 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives:

During this practical session you will have an opportunity to practise the following techniques:

  • Emergency abdominal surgery including the approach to the acute abdomen and peritonitis, enterotomy and enterectomy

  • Gastric dilatation/ volvulus and gastropexies

  • Splenectomy

  • Perineal urethrostomy in the cat


Speaker: Ludivine Boiron DVM, MSc, MRCVS, DACVECC
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Practical Day 3
Apr 2023 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recall the evolution of POCUS in veterinary medicine: from FAST to VetBlue protocol

  • Describe normal and abnormal images

  • Recognise pneumothorax, B lines (and their significance), shred sign and lung hepatisation

  • Review literature

  • Practical component:

  • The thorax

  • Review the different windows to perform a TFAST

  • Assess the pulmonary and cardiographic views

  • Recognise the glide sign, the curtain size and the caudal vena cava 

  • Perform an approach to the heart considering La/ao view and ratio

  • The abdomen

  • Review the different windows to perform a AFAST

  • Interpret the scoring system


Speaker: Ludivine Boiron DVM, MSc, MRCVS, DACVECC

Small Animal Emergency Medicine and Surgery Online Learning Pricing

Payment Option Initial
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Total
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GPCert Programme£995.00£5,250.00£6,245.00
PgC Programme£995.00£7,250.00£8,245.00
Monthly Payment Options

Optional Practical Attendance Modules

Payment Option Total Payable
Full Price £1,595.00
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GPCert Programme£995.00£5,500.00£6,495.00
PgC Programme£995.00£7,500.00£8,495.00
Monthly Payment Options

Optional Practical Attendance Modules

Payment Option Total Payable
Full Price £1,595.00
All prices exclude VAT

Programme prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees. PgC option also includes Harper Adams University registration and assessment fees.
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Online Learning

Who can enrol on the Online Learning programmes?
What does the GPCert consist of?
What qualifications are needed for taking the programme if coming from another non-European country?
What does the PgC consist of?
When is the learning content available for each module?
Is the PgC programme recognised by other countries?
Can I do the GPCert and the PgC at the same time?
What additional learning resources are available?
How can I track my progress in the programme?
Do I have to access the programme via a specific browser?
Does the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) programme differ from the GPCert?
When do the exams take place?
Which modules do I choose for the PgC and when do I have to choose them?
How many hours per week will I have to spend on the programme?
Is the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) all online?
How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?
How do I register for the GPCert and/or the PgC?
What do the case logs for the case diary consist of?
Can I defer a module?
If coming from a non-European country – how would face-to-face module attendance work for the PgC?
Small Animal Emergency Medicine and Surgery Online Learning
1 Nov 2021 – 31 Mar 2023
Cristina Seruca, Alessandra Mathis, Alex Hatch, Ludivine Boiron, Sabrina Hoehne, Poppy Gant, Carlos Rosalemany, Lluis Sánchez, Daria Starybrat, Katharine Davis Mauro, Anthony Gonzalez, Céline Pouzot-Nevoret, Graham Zoller, Duana McBride, Sophie Gilbert
GPCert or PgC
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

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Please see entry requirements on the Optional Practical Attendance Modules page
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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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