Two year programme

Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning

Modular Certificate Programme

Bringing the latest learning in Small Animal Medicine in an interactive online environment allowing you to learn wherever you are.

Our Distance Learning Programme in Small Animal Medicine has been developed to enable all veterinary surgeons access to our world-class teaching materials.

By studying part-time, at your own pace, this programme allows you to effectively manage your work-life balance while taking essential knowledge back to practice immediately.

You’ll have support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Small Animal Medicine Diploma Holder across 20 varied modules covering key canine and feline medicine topics delivered online over 26 months.

Once you join you will be part of an international programme with participants from all over the world.

Transform your practice life with access to world-class teaching materials

20 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects delivered over 26 months

Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Small Animal Medicine Diploma Holder

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

Multiple learning processes

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

Discussion forum

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

Four sessions per month

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

100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are using your laptop, tablet or even your mobile

Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments allowing you to evaluate your progress

Dedicated Programme Tutor

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

Interactive and engaging modules

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

Online modules

Programme

Modules at a glance

Year One

1 Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
2 Immunology
3 Cytology
4 Diagnostic Imaging
5 Gastroenterology I
6 Gastroenterology II
7 Respiratory Disease
8 Endocrinology I
9 Endocrinology II
10 Medical Neurology

Year Two

11 Medical Oncology
12 Cardiovascular Medicine I
13 Cardiovascular Medicine II
14 Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
15 Canine Infectious Diseases
16 Feline Infectious Diseases
17 Urology I
18 Urology II
19 Dermatology
20 Ophthalmology

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Module tutors

Module tutors give you support online throughout the duration of their module:

Ana Lara DVM MSc PhD PgCert MedEd FHEA  DipACVIM & ECVIM-CA (Oncology) MRCVS
Kieran Borgeat  BSc(Hons) BVSc MVetMed CertVC  DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
James Swann MA VetMB MVetMed DipACVIM DipECVIM MRCVS
Kerry Simpson BVM&S PhD FACVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Marta Costa DVM MSc FRCPath DipECVCP MRCVS EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Nick Bexfield BVetMed PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA FSBiol MRCVS
Raquel Trevail DVM DipECVN MRCVS
Sally Turner VetMB MA DVOphthal MRCVS
Scott Kilpatrick BSc (Hons) MSc BVM&S DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Simon Tappin MA VetMB GPCert(SAP) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Susana Silva CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Work towards a recognised qualification

Our Small Animal Medicine Distance 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 European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).

Only registered veterinary surgeons who have been qualified for a minimum of two years 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 along with a requirement to attend five modules face to face. These five modules can be selected from the Small Animal Medicine attendance programmes which take place in various locations worldwide*. If this is an option you would like to pursue we would be happy to discuss this in further detail with you.

For pricing information about these face to face modules or the GPCert and HAU fees, please see our pricing table.

*We will endeavour to ensure those who select the PgC option are able to attend the five face to face modules of their choice. However, in order to maintain appropriate delegate: speaker ratios, we reserve the right to allocate the face to face modules subject to availability.

Benefits

Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex canine and feline cases. With 24/7 access from your laptop, tablet or mobile no matter where you are in the world, you can fit your learning around the workings of a busy practice with the option of accessing a like-minded peer network.

Benefits for you

  • Progress your career and be eligible to achieve academic recognition
  • Develop a logical approach to medical cases and problem-solving
  • Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex
    canine and feline cases
  • Grow your small animal caseload and revenue stream
  • Access the Programme anywhere in the world from your laptop, PC, tablet or mobile 24/7
  • Access a like-minded peer network
  • Fit learning around the workings of a busy practice

Benefits for your clients

  • Improved patient care
  • Accelerated diagnosis
  • Increase in treatment options
  • Reassurance that their pet is in safe hands

Benefits for your practice

  • Increased practice revenues
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced external referrals and
    increased practice capabilities
  • Transferable knowledge and skills
    within practice
  • The ability to demonstrate your
    commitment to enhancing practice
    standards

Frequently Asked Questions

Distance Learning

When is the learning content available for each module?
What additional learning resources are available?
What qualifications are needed for taking the programme if coming from another non- European country?
Is the PgC programme recognised by other countries?
Can I do the GPCert and the PgC at the same time?
What does the PgC consist of?
What does the GPCert consist of?
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 and case studies for the GPCert?
How do I pay the registration fees for GPCert and/or 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?

Clinical Pathology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the rationale behind selection of appropriate tests for your patients
  • Consider the different sampling techniques and sample processing and identify factors that may affect them
  • Become familiar with the clinical pathology of hepatobiliary and renal disease
  • Structure your approach to anaemia to differentiate between non-regenerative and regenerative types before determining possible underlying causes
  • Transform your understanding of haemostasis to enable you to determine when, why and how it goes wrong
  • Use your knowledge to interpret laboratory data from clinical patients to help you prioritise further investigations

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Jan 2019
Duration: 1 month
Online Nick Bexfield

Immunology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn the basis of immune function and the immune response to better understand the pathophysiology of immune-mediated disease
  • Develop your diagnostic approach to common immune-mediated diseases in small animals
  • Transform your understanding of the basis of therapy for immune-mediated diseases
  • Discuss the use of common immunosuppressive therapies

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Feb 2019
Duration: 1 month
Online James Swann

Cytology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles and practical aspects of cytological sample collection, storage and preparation
  • Perfect your ability to describe the principles of routine cytological examination and how this informs a cytological diagnosis
  • Develop your haematological skills by becoming adept at interpreting both normal and abnormal haemograms, identifying
    reticulocytes and discovering platelet and white cell abnormalities
  • Transform your understanding of the different cytological characteristics of effusions, aspirates and lavage samples
  • Familiarise yourself with some of the conditions most commonly diagnosed by cytology

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Mar 2019
Duration: 1 month
Online Marta Costa

Diagnostic Imaging

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the principles of radiography, radiology and the significance of radiation protection
  • Appreciate the use of contrast radiography in a variety of situations and using a variety of techniques
  • Understand the principles of ultrasound imaging
  • Familiarise yourself with the basic principles of advanced imaging
  • Compare and contrast CT and MRI as diagnostic tools

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 May 2019
Duration: 1 month
Online TBC

Gastroenterology I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop your understanding of deglutition and dysphagia
  • Familiarise yourself with the pathophysiology of:
    • Regurgitation
    • Acute and chronic vomiting
    • Diarrhoea
  • Enhance your diagnostic approach to gastrointestinal abnormalities
  • Describe the principles and basic use of endoscopy in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease and when it is indicated

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Jun 2019
Duration: 1 month
Online Scott Kilpatrick

Gastroenterology II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Improve your understanding of the pathophysiology of hepatic and hepatobiliary disease
  • Devise a systematic diagnostic approach to the jaundiced patient
  • Perfect your investigative approach to suspected hepatobiliary disease
  • Understand the pathophysiology of exocrine pancreatic disease
  • Describe the investigative approach to acute and chronic exocrine pancreatic diseases
  • Discuss the therapeutic options in hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Jul 2019
Duration: 1 month
Online Scott Kilpatrick

Respiratory Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Improve your understanding of the importance of a detailed and thorough physical examination
  • Integrate a dyspnoea algorithm into your investigations of respiratory disease
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of diagnostic aids in the investigation of respiratory disease: radiography, endoscopy, ultrasonography and cytology
  • Consolidate your knowledge of upper and lower airway disease, parenchymal and pleural space disease
  • Familiarise yourself with the principles of primary and ancillary respiratory therapeutic

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Sep 2019
Duration: 1 month
Online Susana Silva

Endocrinology I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Get to grips with the underlying principles of endocrine anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Become familiar with the clinical signs and diagnostic approaches in cats and dogs with endocrine disorders such as:
    • Hypo- and hyperadrenocorticism – common and uncommon presentations
    • Hypo- and hyperthyroidism
    • Primary and Secondary hyperparathyroidism
  • Understand the basis of medical and (where appropriate) surgical management for diseases affecting the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Oct 2019
Duration: 1 month
Online Nick Bexfield

Endocrinology II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology and clinical signs associated with endocrine pancreatic disease including insulinoma
  • Describe the investigation and management of diabetes mellitus and diabetic ketoacidosis in the dog and cat
  • Get to grips with understanding the causes of failure to control diabetes and the approach to the unstable diabetic patient
  • Understand the pathophysiology of pituitary endocrine diseases
  • Become familiar with the clinical signs, investigation and management of pituitary endocrine disease in the dog and cat

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Nov 2019
Duration: 1 month
Online Nick Bexfield

Medical Neurology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise your understanding of the principles of functional neuroanatomy
  • Become adept at a thorough and systematic neurologic examination to help you localise lesions
  • List and understand further diagnostic techniques available to investigate neurologic disease
  • Consider the investigation and management of common neurologic syndromes
  • Understand the steps involved in the investigation into the aetiology of seizures in dogs and cats
  • Improve your ability to manage seizures in an emergency and longer term

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Jan 2020
Duration: 1 month
Online Raquel Monteiro Trevail

Medical Oncology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Be able to understand the principles of tumour biology and staging
  • Formulate a general investigative approach to the cancer patient
  • Develop your understanding of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgical oncology
  • Familiarise yourself with the therapeutic management of common canine and feline neoplasms
  • Enable yourself to recognise and manage common oncologic emergencies

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Feb 2020
Duration: 1 month
Online Ana Lara

Cardiovascular I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Extend your understanding of the principles and importance of a physical examination in patients with suspected cardiac disease
  • Familiarise yourself with the principles of electrocardiography
  • Integrate your understanding of the approach to electrocardiographic interpretation to help you identify common arrhythmias
  • Improve your evaluation of thoracic radiographs in reference to cardiac patients
  • Understand the basic principles of echocardiography and its role in diagnosis of cardiac disease

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Mar 2020
Duration: 1 month
Online Kieran Borgeat

Cardiovascular II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise and understand the events involved in the pathophysiology of cardiac failure
  • Define systolic and diastolic failure
  • Appreciate the species differences in prevalence of congenital and acquired cardiac diseases
  • Describe the major congenital cardiac diseases in dogs and cats
  • Transform your understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of acquired valvular, myocardial and pericardial diseases
  • Familiarise yourself with the therapeutic options and their applications in patients with cardiac disease
  • Learn how to manage emergency cardiac patients for improved outcomes

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 May 2020
Duration: 1 month
Online Kieran Borgeat

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Familiarise yourself with a thorough and systematic approach to the assessment of the critically ill patient’s major body systems
  • Enhance your understanding of the minimum database and its interpretation
  • Implement your assessment of your patients when considering their fluid, electrolyte and transfusion requirements
  • Understand the principles and practical aspects of critical patient monitoring
  • Recognise imminent cardiopulmonary arrest more promptly
  • Learn how to select and apply both basic and advanced life support
  • Learn the best approach to the acute management of the dyspnoeic patient

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Jun 2020
Duration: 1 month
Online Simon Tappin

Canine Infectious Diseases

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Compile a list of the major infectious diseases in dogs

  • Describe the diagnosis and management of common canine infectious diseases

  • Familiarise yourself with the clinical signs of significant imported diseases occurring in dogs

  • Understand the principles of vaccination and vaccination regimes

  • Understand the steps involved in the Pet Travel Scheme

  • List notifiable diseases in dogs

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Jul 2020
Duration: 1 month
Online Simon Tappin

Feline Infectious Diseases

Module Information

Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment and management of common viral diseases in cats including FeLV, FIV and FIP and respiratory infections.

  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections
  • 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

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Sep 2020
Duration: 1 month
Online Kerry Simpson

Urology I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the diagnostic techniques available to investigate urinary disease
  • Delve into the detail of the pathophysiology of acute and chronic renal failure, glomerular disease and proteinuria
  • Develop your investigative approach into renal disease
  • Improve your therapeutic management of such cases

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Oct 2020
Duration: 1 month
Online TBC

Urology II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe and understand the factors involved in the development of crystalluria and urolithiasis in cats and dogs
  • Understand the principles of management of lower urinary tract disease in cats and dogs
  • Explore the often complicated management of FLUTD and urethral obstruction
  • Examine the possible causes of urinary incontinence, their diagnosis and management
  • Classify canine prostatic diseases and understand their pathogenesis, diagnosis and medical management

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Nov 2020
Duration: 1 month
Online TBC

Dermatology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a problem-solving approach to skin diseases
  • Describe the steps involved in dermatologic examination in cats and dogs
  • List and understand the techniques used for the laboratory investigation of skin disease and when they should be used
  • Recommend a rational problem-solving approach to the investigation and treatment of :
    • Alopecia
    • Pruritus
  • Become familiar with the common presentations of bacterial, parasitic and fungal skin disease
  • Identify common dermatologic manifestations of systemic disease and their pathogenesis

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Jan 2021
Duration: 1 month
Online TBC

Ophthalmology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Review common ophthalmic examination techniques:
    • Basic neuro-ophthalmological examination
    • Ophthalmoscopy: distant direct; close direct & indirect
    • Correct use of Fluorescein for corneal evaluation
    • Tonometry and gonioscopy
  • Get to grips with current ocular therapeutics: what do you need to have on your pharmacy shelf?
  • Familiarise yourself with the medical management of common ocular conditions
  • Identify the ocular manifestations of systemic diseases
  • Be able to recognise common ocular conditions that require surgery

When

Where

Module Tutor

Begins: 1 Feb 2021
Duration: 1 month
Online Sally Turner

Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning Pricing

Booking Options

Payments Initial
Payment
Total
Payable
Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
Full course £6,750.00 £0.00 £6,750.00
12 monthly payments £592.00 £0.00 £7,104.00
24 monthly payments £302.00 £0.00 £7,248.00
Full course with additional cost for 5 face to face modules (£2933.16) £9,683.16 £0.00 £9,683.16
12 monthly payments plus additional cost for 5 face to face modules (£2933.16) £592.00 £2,933.16 £10,037.16
24 monthly payments plus additional cost for 5 face to face modules (£2933.16) £302.00 £2,933.16 £10,181.16

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