Small Animal Ophthalmology

Online Learning Programme

Tackle all cases with a new online approach to veterinary ophthalmology 

To provide the best ophthalmic care to your patients, you must be confident in performing a comprehensive ocular examination and interpreting your clinical findings, even the ones that often go unnoticed. The NEW Small Animal Ophthalmology Online Programme will help you uncover all the secrets behind your patients’ eyes by providing you with comprehensive knowledge authored by specialists in a practical and image-based approach. 

How does it work?  

This 100% online CPD programme is built around 14 modules. Each includes introductory and summary videos from the specialist author, nine interactive lessons, two case studies, further reading resources and an online forum to discuss cases with your colleagues and an ophthalmology specialist. Content covers embryology, anatomy and physiology of the eye, ocular pharmacology and therapeutics and the full spectrum of ocular diseases seen in domestic species.  

At the end of the programme, you can also choose to attend three additional practical attendance modules which will cover different diagnostic techniques and ophthalmic surgical procedures. For those completing the full Ophthalmology Programme, you can purchase these modules at an exclusive price. 

Learn from the global online CPD specialist team  

Our learning management platform provides exclusive interactive features so you can enjoy your learning experience and develop a problem-solving approach to each case. Earn the necessary skills to see your patients in a new light and notice things you were not able to see before. Join world-leading veterinary CPD specialists for a programme that will help you rediscover your passion and clinical enthusiasm.  

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 ophthalmology delivered over 2 years
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Course Director

Pedro Malho DipECVO CES OphtVet DVM MRCVS European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology oversees the programme ensuring that you have access to the latest ophthalmology content
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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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Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes, 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 wherever you are 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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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. Examination of the eye
  2. Anatomy and physiology, basic embryology
  3. Ocular therapeutics and pharmacology
  4. The orbit and globe, eyelids and nictitans membranes
  5. The conjunctiva and naso-lacrimal system
  6. The cornea, sclera and episclera
  7. The uveal tract and lens
  8. Glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology
  9. The retina, vitreous and optic nerve
  10. Ocular neoplasia and ocular manifestations of systemic disease
  11. Ophthalmic surgery I
  12. Ophthalmic surgery II
  13. The histology and pathology of the eye, inherited ocular diseases and a problem-solving approach to ocular disease
  14. Comparative ophthalmology

Three optional practical attendance modules:

  1. Day 1 – Ocular examination and preparing for surgery
  2. Day 2 – Practical ophthalmic surgery I
  3. Day 3 – Practical ophthalmic surgery II

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Qualifications
Our Ophthalmology 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 Ophthalmology 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.

To continue on to the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) this combines the GPCert clinical studies, plus reflective practice and successful completion of the Advanced Practitioner Module with Harper Adams University.

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:

Claudia Hartley

BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
David Williams

David Williams

MA VetMB CertVOphthal PhD FRCVS
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Emma Scurrell

BVSc, DipACVP, MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Pathology
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Kerry Smith

BVetMed CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
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Lorraine Fleming

BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS
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Pedro Malho

DipECVO CES OphtVét DVM MRCVS
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Roser Tetas Pont

LV MSc Dip ECVO FHEA MRCVS
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Sally Turner

VetMB MA DVOphthal MRCVS
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Sue Manning

BVSc (Hons) DVOphthal MRCVS RCVS
Examination of the Eye
1 Sep 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform a confident ocular examination by using diagnostic ophthalmic instruments including focal illumination, the direct ophthalmoscope, indirect ophthalmoscope and slit lamp biomicroscope

  • Understand the different types of tonometry, including when and how to perform this technique.

  • Appreciate when and how to perform the more advanced techniques of gonioscopy and electroretinography

  • Revise diagnostic cytology, microbiology and biopsy sampling and appreciate the applications of the different methods of investigation

  • Review imaging techniques including ultrasound, radiography, CT and MRI

  • Describe a systematic approach to the investigation of ophthalmology cases including accurate record keeping and photography


Speaker: Lorraine Fleming BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS
Anatomy and Physiology, Basic Embryology
1 Oct 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand basic ophthalmic embryology and post natal ocular development

  • Describe comprehensively the anatomy of the eye

  • Extend your understanding of ocular physiology including the tear film, aqueous production, lens metabolism and retinal physiology

  • Understand basic ocular immunology


Speaker: Lorraine Fleming BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS
Ocular Therapeutics and Pharmacology
1 Nov 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the principles of medicating the eye

  • Understand topical and systemic drug administration

  • Explain vehicles and preparations for ophthalmic drug administration

  • Appreciate classes of drugs

  • Choose the correct drug for common ophthalmic conditions


Speaker: Claudia Hartley BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
The Orbit and Globe, Eyelids and Nictitans Membranes
3 Jan 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy and clinical conditions involving the orbit, globe, eyelids and nictitans membranes (third eyelids)

  • Review the presenting signs of and differential diagnoses for congenital and acquired orbital disease

  • Understand the effect of facial conformation on globe and eyelid position and its associated effects

  • Appreciate breed predispositions and species differences

  • Become familiar with the aetiopathogenesis of proptosis and its treatment options

  • Recognise the different types of entropion and ectropion and their impact on ocular health

  • Understand the aetiopathogenesis of nictitans membrane disorders


Speaker: Claudia Hartley BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
The Conjunctiva and Naso-lacrimal System
1 Feb 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy of the conjunctiva and understand the aetiopathogenesis of conjunctival disease and its treatment

  • Perfect your knowledge of the nasolacrimal system and abnormalities that can affect it

  • Understand secretory and excretory components, normal lacrimation and the components of the pre-corneal tear film.

  • Appreciate kerato-conjunctivitis sicca

  • Discuss the problems associated with nasolacrimal drainage


Speaker: Claudia Hartley BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
The Cornea, Sclera and Episclera
1 Mar 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe normal corneal anatomy

  • Review normal corneal healing and factors which can affect it

  • Understand how the cornea responds to insults

  • Discuss the different causes of corneal ulceration and its treatment

  • Explain non ulcerative corneal disease

  • Appreciate the anatomy of the episclera and sclera and understand the pathology which can affect these


Speaker: Lorraine Fleming BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS
The Uveal Tract and Lens
1 Apr 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise congenital and acquired defects involving the uveal tract and describe the presenting signs of anterior uveitis, posterior uveitis, panuveitis and the approach to diagnosis and treatment

  • Approach non neurological abnormalities of the pupil

  • Understand aqueous opacification

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the normal lens

  • Explain lenticular disease and the range of congenital and acquired disease that can affect the lens and understand cataractogenesis.

  • Be familiar with the approach to cataract surgery together with patient selection, aftercare and potential complications

  • Appreciate primary and secondary lens luxation


Speaker: Pedro Malho DipECVO CES OphtVét DVM MRCVS
Glaucoma and Neuro-Ophthalmology
1 May 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the production and drainage of aqueous humour and the pathophysiology of the normotensive globe

  • Define glaucoma and understand the different types of primary and secondary glaucoma and species differences

  • Appreciate treatment options for glaucoma

  • Devise a logical approach to the investigation of neuro-ophthalmic problems and understand the relevant neurological pathways and the autonomic nerve supply

  • Recognise normal and abnormal nystagmus

  • Investigate and offer treatment options for blindness of central origin

  • Understand disorders of ocular motility


Speaker: Roser Tetas Pont LV MSc Dip ECVO FHEA MRCVS
The Retina, Vitreous and Optic Nerve
1 Jun 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal anatomy of the retina, species differences in retinal vascular patterns and the pathological changes which can occur and their manifestation

  • Describe the process of chorioretinitis

  • Recognise both inherited and acquired retinopathies

  • Appreciate the anatomy of the vitreous, congenital and acquired conditions and different types of vitreal degeneration

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the normal optic nerve, explain congenital and acquired conditions of the optic nerve and understand the investigation of optic nerve disease


Speaker: Kerry Smith BVetMed CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
Ocular Neoplasia and Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease
1 Jul 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise primary and secondary ocular neoplasia and explain its management

  • Discuss the ocular manifestations of systemic disease including infectious, metabolic, nutritional, toxic immune mediated or vascular aetiologies

  • Understand the work up for suspected systemic disease

  • Appreciate treatment options for systemic disease in general practice


Speaker: Kerry Smith BVetMed CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
Ophthalmic Surgery I
1 Sep 2022 | Online

This is the first day of a two-day practical session, please see module 12 for additional objectives.

The modules must be attended as a pair.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise commonly used ophthalmic instruments and understand their use

  • Use loupes and understand operating microscopes for surgical magnification

  • Select appropriate suture material and needle designs

  • Discuss pre and post- operative care of surgical patients and appropriate anaesthetic regimes

  • Understand the basic surgical principles as they pertain to ophthalmic surgery


Speaker: Sue Manning BVSc (Hons) DVOphthal MRCVS RCVS
Ophthalmic Surgery II
3 Oct 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Perform common surgical techniques for treating disease of the orbit, globe, eyelids, third eyelid, conjunctiva and cornea

  • Practise reconstructive eyelid surgery

  • Understand and perform different methods for enucleation

  • Appreciate the principles of intra ocular surgery


Speaker: Pedro Malho DipECVO CES OphtVét DVM MRCVS
The Histology and Pathology of the Eye, Inherited Ocular Diseases and a Problem-Solving Approach to Ocular Disease
1 Nov 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the normal and pathological appearance of histological samples including the significance of abnormalities detected

  • Understand inherited ocular disease, the principles of genetics and modes of inheritance and pedigree data analysis.

  • Appreciate different methods of reducing such disease including eye testing schemes and genetic testing

  • Explain the different conditions which affect different breeds of dog

  • Clinically recognise congenital inherited conditions encountered such as collie eye anomaly, congenital cataract, retinal dysplasia, goniodysgenesis and persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous

  • Clinically recognise non-congenital inherited conditions such as hereditary cataract, primary lens luxation, generalised progressive retinal atrophy and retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy

  • Develop a problem-solving approach to ophthalmic cases


Speaker: Emma Scurrell BVSc, DipACVP, MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Pathology
Speaker: Sally Turner VetMB MA DVOphthal MRCVS
Comparative Ophthalmology
1 Dec 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Approach the ophthalmic examination of the rabbit, bird and reptile

  • Have a basic understanding of the evolution of the eye

  • Appreciate species differences in ocular anatomy

  • Be familiar with common diseases seen in rabbits, birds and reptiles

  • Discuss the role of various species in ocular toxicology


Speaker: David Williams MA VetMB CertVOphthal PhD FRCVS

At the end of the Ophthalmology Online Learning Programme, you can choose to book three optional attendance practical modules. 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 Small Animal Ophthalmology 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 Ophthalmology Online Learning Programme until 1st December 2021. Any bookings made thereafter will be subject to review and acceptance. Improve International have 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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Day 1
Feb 2023 | Sheffield
  • Practice performing a thorough and systematic ocular examination

  • Recognise commonly used ophthalmic instruments and understand their use

  • Use loupes and understand operating microscopes for surgical magnification

  • Select appropriate suture material and needle designs

  • Discuss pre and post-operative care of surgical patients and appropriate anaesthetic regimes

  • Review the surgical preparation and positioning of patients for ophthalmic procedures

  • Recognise the basic surgical principles as they pertain to ophthalmic surgery


Speaker: Speaker TBC
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Day 2
Feb 2023 | Sheffield
  • Perform common surgical techniques for treating disease of the orbit, globe, eyelids, and third eyelid

  • Practice reconstructive eyelid surgery and the surgical techniques used to correct entropion and ectropion and resection of eyelid masses

  • Practice the surgical technique to reposition prolapsed nictitans glands

  • Practice repositioning of proptosed globe and drainage of retrobulbar abscess via pterygopalatine fossa

  • Perform different methods for enucleation and appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of each

  • Appreciate the principles of intraocular surgery


Speaker: Speaker TBC
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Day 3
Feb 2023 | Sheffield
  • Recognise different type, depth and severity of corneal ulcers

  • Review the approach and treatment options for Spontaneous Chronic Corneal Epithelial Defects (SCCED) and complicated ulcers

  • Practice grid/punctuate keratotomies and corneal burr debridement

  • Practice performing a conjunctival pedicle graft

  • Perform corneal surgical procedures such as superficial keratectomy and suturing of a non penetrating corneal laceration

  • Identify and localise corneal foreign bodies and learn tips for their removal

  • Recognise when corneal reconstructive surgery is required, including corneoconjunctival transposition (CCT) and full thickness keratoplasty (video presentation of CCT)

  • Learn how to select a patient for cataract surgery, the after care and possible complications of this surgery (video presentation of a cataract surgery)


Speaker: Speaker TBC

Small Animal Ophthalmology Online Learning Pricing

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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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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?
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What do the case logs for the case diary consist of?
Can I defer a module?
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Small Animal Ophthalmology Online Learning
1 Sep 2021 – 31 Dec 2022
Claudia Hartley, David Williams, Kerry Smith, Lorraine Fleming, Sally Turner, Pedro Malho, Roser Tetas Pont, Emma Scurrell, Sue Manning
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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