Ophthalmology

Postgraduate Certificate

This two year programme will provide you with a thorough understanding of the anatomy, development and physiology of the eye and will cover the full spectrum of ocular diseases seen in the domestic species.

The principles of inherited ocular disease, ocular pharmacology and therapeutics, ocular pathology and ocular surgery will be discussed.

The programme consists of fourteen modules and includes two practical modules to enable you to consolidate your learning in a safe environment.

Your learning options:

  • Extend your knowledge and skills in a specific area, by choosing a single or paired module of your interest
  • Complete the one-year programme (all modules) and achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and attain 40 academic credits at Masters Level 7
  • Continue on to a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) that combines the GPCert clinical studies with reflective practice (the Advanced Practitioner Module is 20 academic credits at Masters Level 7.) The PgC is 60 academic credits
  • 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 RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes

All delegates will receive a subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts.

Our online learning management system: Moodle – Provides access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources, including surgical videos and webinars.

A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey.

Examination of the Eye

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Use diagnostic ophthalmic instruments including focal illumination, the direct ophthalmoscope, slit lamp biomicroscope and indirect ophthalmoscope to perform a confident ocular examination
  • Undertake tonometry
  • Undertake gonioscopy
  • Understand more advanced and specialist techniques available for ophthalmic
    diagnosis including radiography, electroretinography, ultrasound, CT and MRI scans
  • Understand diagnostic cytology, microbiology and biopsy sampling and appreciate the applications of the different methods of investigation
  • Describe a systematic approach to the investigation of ophthalmology cases including accurate record keeping

When

Where

Speaker

30 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Lorraine Fleming

Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye, Basic Embryology and Histology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand basic ophthalmic embryology and post natal ocular development
  • Describe comprehensively the anatomy of the eye
  • Understand ocular physiology including the tear film, aqueous production, lens metabolism and retinal physiology
  • Appreciate the normal and pathological appearance of histological samples including the significance of abnormalities detected
  • Understand basic ocular immunology

When

Where

Speaker

31 Jan 2018 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Lorraine Fleming

Ocular Therapeutics and Pharmacology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand 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

When

Where

Speaker

27 Mar 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Claudia Hartley

The Orbit and Globe, Eyelids and Nictitans Membranes

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy and clinical conditions involving the orbit, globe, eyelids and nictitans membranes (third eyelids)
  • Understand 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
  • Understand the aetiopathogenesis of proptosis and its treatment options
  • Appreciate the different types of entropion and ectropion and their impact on ocular health
  • Understand the aetiopathogenesis of nictitans membrane disorders

When

Where

Speaker

28 Mar 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Claudia Hartley

The Conjunctiva and Naso-lacrimal System: Writing a Case Report

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy of the conjunctiva and understand the aetiopathogenesis of conjunctival disease and its treatment
  • Describe 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
  • Understand problems associated with nasolacrimal drainage
  • Appreciate the approach to writing a case report, including case selection, literature searches and accurate referencing

When

Where

Speaker

12 Jun 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner

The Cornea, Sclera and Episclera

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe normal corneal anatomy
  • Understand normal corneal healing and factors which can affect it
  • Understand how the cornea responds to insults
  • Understand 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

When

Where

Speaker

13 Jun 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Lorraine Fleming

The Uveal Tract and Lens

Module Information

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
  • Recognise lenticular disease and the range of congenital and acquired disease that can affect the lens and understand cataractogenesis.
  • Understand the approach to cataract surgery together with patient selection, aftercare and potential complications
  • Appreciate primary and secondary lens luxation

When

Where

Speaker

31 Jul 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner

Glaucoma and Neuro-Ophthalmology

Module Information

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
  • Describe 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

When

Where

Speaker

1 Aug 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner

The Retina, Vitreous and Optic Nerve

Module Information

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
  • Understand the process of chorioretinitis
  • Appreciate both inherited and acquired retinopathies
  • Understand 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

When

Where

Speaker

18 Sep 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Smith

Ocular Neoplasia and Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

19 Sep 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kerry Smith

Ophthalmic Surgery - practical techniques day I

Module Information

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


When

Where

Speaker

23 Oct 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Lorraine Fleming

Ophthalmic Surgery - practical techniques day II

Module Information

This is the second day of a two-day practical session. Please see module 11 for additional objectives.
The modules must be attended as a pair.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Perform common surgical techniques for treating disease of the orbit, globe, eyelids, third eyelid, conjunctiva and cornea
  • Perform reconstructive eyelid surgery
  • Understand and perform different methods for enucleation
  • Understand the principles of intra ocular surgery

When

Where

Speaker

24 Oct 2018 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Lorraine Fleming

Inherited Ocular Disease and Case Based Discussion

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives:

  • 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
  • Case based studies – you should be able to:
    • List differential diagnoses
    • Formulate investigation plans
    • Formulate treatment protocols for common ophthalmic problems

When

Where

Speaker

27 Nov 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sally Turner

Comparative Ophthalmology Details

Module Information

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

When

Where

Speaker

28 Nov 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Ben Blacklock

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  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £924.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Initial payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the first module in order to be eligible for the discounted rate.
  3. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  4. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS and Harper Adams University.
  5. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.

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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