Two year programme

Small Animal Medicine

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

The most comprehensive modular medicine programme covering all of the major body systems

Our Small Animal Medicine PgC programme has been designed to be spread over two years culminating in an exam at the end, ensuring you are well positioned to pass. We understand you have busy working lives and may want to spread your learning, the PgC enables you to have this flexibility with timings to fit around you and practice life. You can also choose to spread the programme over two or three years.

Our updated Small Animal Medicine PgC programme now includes twenty modules five containing practical components:

NEW: Practical Modules 

Cytology – learn how to examine your own aspirates in-house for a faster diagnosis
Diagnostic Imaging – practise hands-on abdominal ultrasonography
Emergency Medicine – spend two hours in the wet-lab perfecting critical care techniques
Dermatology – improve your diagnostics on this microscope based module
Ophthalmology – focus on the practical examination of the canine eye

The programme will be delivered using a combination of face to face and online learning, practical skills training and eight case-based webinars.

Our Medicine PgC programme will help you to transform your practice life:

  • Achieve not only a PgC but also a GPCert
    • The PgC is a recognised higher education qualification which represents Master Level 7 and provides 60 transferable academic credits
    • On successful attainment of the GPCert(SAM) candidates will be awarded a personalised certificate and their name will be included in the ESVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders
  • Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex cases and accelerate diagnosis
  • Reduce the need for external referrals and increase your practice’s capabilities
  • Qualify towards attaining the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

In addition, a dedicated Programme Tutor will provide support throughout the entire programme ensuring you are well placed for your examination.

Attendance on the taught modules is typically once monthly on a weekday between 2 pm and 8 pm however, where there are case-based discussion webinars or practical sessions these times may vary.

Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the different sampling techniques and sample processing, and identify factors that may affect them
  • Understand the rationale behind selection of appropriate tests
  • Be able to describe the investigative approach to regenerative anaemia, non-regenerative anaemia and abnormal haemostasis
  • Discuss the clinical pathology associated with hepatobiliary and renal disease
  • Use the developed knowledge to interpret laboratory data from clinical patients
  • Use the acquired information to direct further diagnostic investigations

When

Where

Speaker

17 Oct 2017 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Marta Costa
18 Oct 2017 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Marta Costa
31 Oct 2017 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Marta Costa

Cytology and Practical Session

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles and practical aspects of cytologic sample collection, storage and preparation
  • Describe the correct principles of routine cytologic sample examination
  • Be able to understand the different cytological characteristics of effusions, aspirates and lavage samples
  • Define the pathologic principles used to formulate a cytologic diagnosis

    This module includes a practical microscopy session.

When

Where

Speaker

14 Nov 2017 (13:00-20:00) Swindon Marta Costa
16 Nov 2017 (13:00-20:00) Hatfield Marta Costa
21 Nov 2017 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Marta Costa

Diagnostic Imaging - Theory

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles of radiography and radiology
  • Appreciate the situations where contrast radiography is useful and appreciate the importance of radiation protection
  • Understand the principles of the use of ultrasound imaging
  • Be aware of the basic principles of CT and MRI

When

Where

Speaker

1 Dec 2017 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Virginie Barberet
5 Dec 2017 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Virginie Barberet
6 Dec 2017 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Virginie Barberet

Diagnostic Techniques Practical - Film Reading and Abdominal Ultrasound

Module Information

This practical day will include:

  • Case based discussion
  • Film reading session
  • Practical abdominal ultrasound scanning

Key learning objectives:

  • Comprehend the principles of radiography and radiology
  • Understand the situations where contrast radiography is useful and appreciate the importance of radiation protection
  • The principles of the use of ultrasound imaging
  • Be aware of the basic principles of CT and MRI

PLEASE NOTE THIS MODULE TAKES PLACE AT OUR SWINDON VENUE

When

Where

Speaker

9 Jan 2018 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Virginie Barberet
10 Jan 2018 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Virginie Barberet
16 Jan 2018 (9:00-17:00) Sheffield Virginie Barberet

Respiratory Disease - Delivered During Four Live Webinars

Module Information

This module is delivered over four live webinars.

  • Generic diagnostic approach to respiratory disease in the dog and cat
  • The importance of diagnostic aids (radiography, endoscopy) in the investigation of respiratory disease
  • The pathophysiology and differential diagnosis of coughing and respiratory distress including nasal and pharyngeal disease and pleural and pulmonary disorders
  • Principles of primary and ancillary respiratory therapeutics

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Cardiovascular Medicine I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand and describe the principles and importance of physical examination in patients with suspected cardiac disease
  • Understand the principles of electrocardiography
  • Describe and understand the approach to electrocardiographic interpretation and identify common arrhythmias
  • Describe the evaluation of thoracic radiographs in cardiac patients
  • Understand the basic principles of echocardiography and its role in diagnosis of cardiac disease

When

Where

Speaker

7 Mar 2018 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Joel Silva
8 Mar 2018 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Joel Silva
14 Mar 2018 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Joel Silva

Cardiovascular Medicine II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe 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
  • Describe and understand the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of acquired valvular, myocardial and pericardial diseases
  • Discuss the therapeutic options and their applications in patients with cardiac disease

When

Where

Speaker

11 Apr 2018 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Joel Silva
12 Apr 2018 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Joel Silva
25 Apr 2018 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Joel Silva

Gastroenterology I - Vomiting and Diarrhoea

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe and understand the pathophysiology of regurgitation and acute and chronic vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Understand and discuss the diagnostic approaches to regurgitation, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Describe the principles and basic use of endoscopy in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease

When

Where

Speaker

30 Apr 2018 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Susana Silva
2 May 2018 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Susana Silva
4 May 2018 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Susana Silva

Gastroenterology II - Diagnosis and Management of Liver and Pancreatic Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the pathophysiology of hepatic and hepatobiliary disease
  • Describe the diagnostic approach to the jaundiced patient
  • Describe the 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 therapeutic options in hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease

When

Where

Speaker

1 Jun 2018 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Susana Silva
4 Jun 2018 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Susana Silva
8 Jun 2018 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Susana Silva

Immunology - delivered via online learning

Module Information

Delivered during 4 live webinars

  • Understand the basis of immune function and the immune response
  • Describe the pathophysiology of and diagnostic approach to common immune-mediated diseases in small animals
  • Understand the basis of therapy for immune-mediated diseases
  • Discuss the use of common immunosuppressive therapies

When

Where

Speaker

2 Jul 2018 (9:00-17:00) Swindon TBC

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Incl Practical Session

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the elements involved in major body system assessment and stabilisation of the acutely ill or emergency patient
  • Describe the use of the emergency laboratory database and its interpretation
  • Understand the principles involved in fluid, electrolyte and transfusion therapy
  • Describe and understand the principles and practical aspects of critical patient monitoring
  • Understand how to recognise cardiopulmonary arrest in small animals
  • Understand the application of basic and advanced cardiac life support

This module includes a practical session where the following techniques will be reviewed:

  • Placing a tracheostomy tube
  • Thoracocentesis
  • Chest drain placement and appropriate management

When

Where

Speaker

4 Sep 2018 (9:00-18:00) Swindon Simon Tappin
5 Sep 2018 (9:00-18:00) Swindon Simon Tappin
6 Sep 2018 (9:00-18:00) Swindon Simon Tappin

Endocrinology I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the underlying principles of endocrine anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Describe the clinical signs and diagnostic approach to adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid disorders in dogs and cats
  • Understand the basis of medical and (where appropriate) surgical management for diseases affecting the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands

When

Where

Speaker

1 Oct 2017 (14:00-20:00) TBC TBC
1 Oct 2018 (14:00-20:00) TBC TBC

Endocrinology II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand and describe the pathophysiology and clinical signs associated with endocrine pancreatic disease
  • Describe the investigation and management of diabetes mellitus and diabetic ketoacidosis in the dog and cat
  • Understand the causes of failure to control diabetes and the approach to the unstable diabetic patient
  • Understand the pathophysiology of pituitary endocrine diseases
  • Describe the clinical signs, investigation and management of pituitary endocrine disease in the dog and cat

When

Where

Speaker

1 Nov 2018 (14:00-20:00) TBC TBC
1 Nov 2018 (14:00-20:00) TBC TBC

Medical Oncology - Online Learning

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Be able to understand the principles of tumour biology and staging
  • Describe the general investigative approach to the cancer patient
  • The principles of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgical oncology
  • The therapeutic management of common canine and feline neoplasms
  • Recognise and manage common oncologic emergencies

When

Where

Speaker

5 Dec 2018 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC
5 Dec 2018 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC

Dermatology - Includes Practical Session

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand 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
  • Describe a rational problem-solving approach to pruritus, its investigation and treatment
  • Describe a rational problem-solving approach to alopecia, its investigation and treatment
  • Recognise common presentations of bacterial, parasitic and fungal skin disease
  • Describe common dermatologic manifestations of systemic disease and their pathogenesis

When

Where

Speaker

7 Jan 2019 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC
17 Jan 2019 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC

Medical Neurology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles of functional neuroanatomy
  • Describe the principles involved in the neurologic examination and localisation of lesions
  • List and understand further diagnostic techniques used in investigation of neurologic disease
  • Describe the investigation and management of common neurologic syndromes
  • Understand the steps involved in the investigation and management of seizures in dogs and cats

When

Where

Speaker

5 Feb 2019 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC
22 Feb 2019 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC

Urology I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • List and describe the diagnostic techniques used in investigation of urinary disease
  • Understand the pathophysiology of acute and chronic renal failure, glomerular disease and proteinuria
  • Describe the investigative approach to and therapeutic management of acute and chronic renal failure, glomerular disease and proteinuria

When

Where

Speaker

5 Mar 2019 (14:00-20:00) TBC TBC
15 Mar 2019 (14:00-20:00) TBC 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
  • Describe the possible causes of urinary incontinence, their diagnosis and management
  • Classify canine prostatic diseases and understand their pathogenesis, diagnosis and medical management

When

Where

Speaker

3 Apr 2019 (14:00-20:00) TBC TBC
11 Apr 2019 (14:00-20:00) TBC TBC

Infectious Diseases via Live Webinars

Module Information

This module is delivered over four live webinars.

Key learning objectives:

  • List the major infectious diseases in dogs and cats
  • Describe the diagnosis and management of common infectious diseases in dogs and cats
  • Describe the clinical signs of significant imported diseases occurring in dogs and cats
  • Understand the principles of vaccination and vaccination regimes
  • Describe the steps involved in the pet travel scheme
  • List notifiable diseases in dogs and cats

When

Where

Speaker

5 Jun 2019 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC
19 Jun 2019 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC

Ophthalmology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to perform common ophthalmic examination techniques
  • Describe the medical and surgical management of common ocular conditions
  • Recognise the ocular manifestation of systemic diseases
  • Discuss current ocular therapeutics

When

Where

Speaker

3 Jul 2019 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC
24 Jul 2019 (9:00-17:00) TBC TBC

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  1. The total price includes registration fees with ESVPS and Harper Adams University.
  2. A non-refundable initial payment of £951.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  3. Full payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the first module in order to be eligible for the discounted rate.
  4. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  5. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups, multiple booking discounts and pricing and payment options for courses taking place in Ireland.

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. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment – details of which can be found above.
  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.
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