Small Animal Surgery

Online Learning Programme

Learn at your own pace, wherever you are, with our Small Animal Surgery online and practical learning programme

Our Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) Online and Practical Learning Programme in Small Animal Surgery 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. This programme is also delivered as an attendance programme, giving you the flexibility to decide the right learning approach for you, you can find out more here.

 

Key features of this programme:

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24 varied modules

Covering soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures delivered over 24 months

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

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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High-quality surgical videos

The modules will be supported by surgical videos delivered by a world-class surgeon

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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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Course Director

Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS oversees the programme and ensures the latest content is delivered across every module

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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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Distance and practical learning programme

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are using your desktop, laptop or tablet. Supported by 10 practical attendance sessions delivered in state-of-the-art wet-lab facilities

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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 Coordinator

A dedicated Programme Coordinator 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

Small Animal Surgery introduction

Watch an introductory video from Jon Hall – MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS SFHEA FRCVS, a recognised specialist in small animal surgery, who performed the recorded soft-tissue techniques for this programme.

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. Surgical Basics: asepsis, instrumentation, operative techniques and wound healing
  2. Urinary and reproductive tract surgery
  3. Upper gastrointestinal surgery
  4. Lower gastrointestinal surgery, liver, spleen and pancreas
  5. Oral, pharyngeal and aural surgery
  6. Surgery of the upper airways, larynx and trachea
  7. Surgery of the abdominal and thoracic cavities
  8. Surgical oncology
  9. Reconstructive skin surgery – practical session
  10. Gastrointestinal surgery – practical session
  11. Urological surgery – practical session
  12. Head and neck surgery – practical session
  13. Thoracic surgery – practical session
  14. Joint diseases of the forelimb
  15. Joint diseases of the hindlimb
  16. Fracture repair I
  17. Fracture repair II
  18. Spinal surgery I
  19. Spinal surgery II
  20. Internal fixation I – practical session
  21. Internal fixation II – practical session
  22. Joint diseases of the forelimb – practical session
  23. Joint diseases of the hindlimb – practical session
  24. External fixation and bone grafting – practical session

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 routes.

Please note the module order may be subject to change.

Qualifications

Our Small Animal 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 online structured programme, practical sessions 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 Surgery 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.

For GPCert and PgC fees please see our pricing table under the ‘Pricing’ tab at the top of the page.

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:

Guillaume Chanoit

DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS

Hannes Bergmann

DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS

Heidi Radke

DVM DipECVS FRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopedics)

Jane Ladlow

MA VetMB CertSAS CertVR MRCVS

Jane Ladlow

MA VetMB, Cert VR, Cert SAS, Dipl ECVS, FHEA, MRCVS

Jonathan Bell

BVM&S CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Kelly Blacklock

BVM&S DipECVS FHEA PGCert MRCVS

Kevin Parsons

BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS

Pieter Nelissen

DVM CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Rachel Burrow

BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

Samantha Woods

BSc MA VetMB CertSAS Dipl.ECVS MRCVS

Sebastien Behr

DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)
Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative techniques and Wound healing
1 Feb 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Asepsis, sterilization and appropriate antibiosis for surgical cases
  • Surgical instrumentation and proper handling
  • Different uses of sutures, needles, staples and clips
  • Wound healing principles and how to apply them to clinical cases
  • Principles of wound management and latest innovations

Speaker: Jonathan Bell BVM&S CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Urinary and Reproductive tract surgery
1 Mar 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Renal surgery principles and techniques
  • Obstructive diseases of the urinary tract
  • Management of urolithiasis
  • Surgical options for urinary incontinence: colposuspension, TVT and urethral occluders
  • Surgery of the male reproductive system – from prostatic omentalization to penile and preputial procedures
  • Surgery of the female reproductive system – ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
31 Mar 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Surgical approaches to salivary gland disease
  • Esophageal disease – indications for surgical treatment
  • Gastrotomy and gastrectomy – indications beyond GDV
  • Small intestinal disease and how to minimize complications
  • Ruptures and hernias

Speaker: Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver, Spleen and Pancreas
30 Apr 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Large intestinal surgery – differences between cats and dogs
  • Surgical approaches to the rectum and anus
  • Different options for liver surgery – suture, staples or electrosurgery
  • Biliary tract surgery – anatomy and surgical options
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Splenectomy – indications, techniques and alternatives to surgical removal

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
Oral, Pharyngeal and Aural surgery
31 May 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Surgery of the lips, cheeks and tongue
  • Surgical treatment of palatal abnormalities
  • Maxillectomy and mandibulectomy
  • Pharyngeal surgery and options for tonsillar surgery
  • Aural surgery: lateral wall resection, vertical canal ablation, ventral bulla osteotomy, total canal ablation, lateral bulla osteotomy and approach to aural hematoma

Speaker: Samantha Woods BSc MA VetMB CertSAS Dipl.ECVS MRCVS
Surgery of the Upper Airways, Thyroid, Larynx and Trachea
30 Jun 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Conditions of the nasal planum according the animal´s age
  • Indications for nasal sinuses surgery
  • Brachycephalic airway syndrome
  • Surgery of the larynx: paralysis, collapse, trauma, stenosis and neoplasia
  • Surgery of the trachea: tracheotomy, tracheostomy, tracheal avulsion, collapse, resection/anastomosis, trauma, foreign bodies and neoplasia

Speaker: Jane Ladlow MA VetMB CertSAS CertVR MRCVS
Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities
31 Aug 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Peritonitis: pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment options
  • Thoracic surgery
    • Differences between small and large dogs
    • Thoracostomy for pneumothorax, pyothorax and chylothorax
    • Thoracotomia
    • Lung lobectomy
    • Pericardectomy
    • PDA
    • PRAA – regurgitating patients and thoracotomy
    • Chylotorax
    • Chest wall diseases

Speaker: Kelly Blacklock BVM&S DipECVS FHEA PGCert MRCVS
Surgical Oncology
30 Sep 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Principles of oncologic surgery: approaches to the most common tumors seen in practice
  • Latest treatment options for mast cell tumors
  • Oral tumors – performing maxillectomy and mandibulectomy
  • Gastrointestinal tumors
  • Feline-specific tumors

Speaker: Pieter Nelissen DVM CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Reconstructive Surgery - Practical Session
15 Jan 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Tension relieving techniques
    • Undermining
    • Tension relieving sutures
      • Walking sutures
      • Bolster / stent sutures
      • Continuous pretensioning sutures
    • Relaxing incisions
      • Multiple punctate relaxing incision
      • Simple relaxing incision
      • Z-plasty
      • V-Y plasty
  • Wound closure
    • Rectangle / square shape wound
    • Circular/crescent shape wound
    • Triangle shape wound
    • Dog ears
  • Subdermal plexus flaps
    • Advancement flaps
    • Rotation flap
    • Transposition flap
    • Interpolation flap
  • Axial pattern flaps
    • Thoracodorsal flap
    • Caudal superficial epigastric flap
  • Skin graft
    • Full-thickness meshed skin graft
    • Pinch and punch graft

Speaker: Jonathan Bell BVM&S CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Head and Neck Surgery – Practical Session
16 Jan 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy
  • Ventral bulla osteotomy
  • Lateral approach to the larynx and demonstration of unilateral arytenoid lateralization
  • Thyroidectomy (modified extracapsular)
  • Mandibular and sublingual sialadenectomy

Speaker: Jane Ladlow MA VetMB, Cert VR, Cert SAS, Dipl ECVS, FHEA, MRCVS
Thoracic Surgery – Practical Session
17 Jan 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Thoracotomy
    • Lateral intercostal thoracotomy
    • Median sternotomy
  • Lung lobectomy
    • Total lung lobectomy
  • Pericardectomy
    • Partial pericardectomy
  • Thoracocentesis / Thoracic drain placement
  • Abdominal drain placement

Speaker: Jane Ladlow MA VetMB, Cert VR, Cert SAS, Dipl ECVS, FHEA, MRCVS
Gastrointestinal Surgery – Practical Session
18 Jan 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Esophageal surgery
    • Esophageal tube placement
    • Approach to the cervical esophagus
    • Esophagotomy/ Esophagectomy
  • Gastric surgery
    • Gastrostomy tube placement
    • Gastrotomy/ Gastrectomy
    • Gastropexy (incisional)
  • Intestinal surgery
    • Enterotomy / Enterectomy
    • Intestinal biopsies

Speaker: Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Urological Surgery - Practical Session
19 Jan 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Nephrectomy / Nephrotomy
  • Renal biopsies
  • Cystotomy/ Nystectomy
  • Urethrostomy (parascrotal in the dog and perineal in the cat)
  • Cystostomy tube placement
  • Urohydropulsion

Speaker: Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb
1 Feb 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Shoulder conditions including luxation, osteochondrosis, dysplasia and excision arthroplasty surgery
  • Elbow conditions including, luxations, IOHC, dysplasia, developmental disease and ununited anconeal process
  • Developmental carpal disease, carpal hyperextension, arthrodesis and luxations of the carpus and foot
  • Growth plate disorders

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb
1 Mar 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Pros and cons of surgical options for the ruptured cruciate ligament
  • Alternative causes of stifle dysfunction besides the cranial cruciate ligament
  • Relate the underlying causes of patellar luxation with the appropriate surgical approach
  • Hock anatomy – conditions that affect the joint including osteochondrosis and luxation
  • Possible treatments for conditions that affect the hip including dysplasia and luxation
  • Pros and cons of total hip replacement

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Fracture Repair I
31 Mar 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Initial assessment of the fractured patient
  • Fracture classification
  • Principles of fracture repair and practical applications
  • Fracture fixation methods and implants including plating and external fixation devices

Speaker: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS FRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopedics)
Fracture Repair II
30 Apr 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Principles of fracture reduction, including both closed and open techniques
  • Bone grafting – cancellous and cortical
  • Fore and hindlimb specific fracture stabilization
  • Clinical approaches to the following complications: Delayed union/Non-union/Mal-union/Osteomyelitis

Speaker: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS FRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopedics)
Spinal Surgery I
31 May 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Systematic neurological exam and interpretation: localizing spinal lesions
  • Application of neurodiagnostics
  • Approach and management of paraplegia and tetraplegia
  • Clinical approach to neurological emergencies, including cranial trauma and status epilepticus

Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)
Spinal Surgery II
30 Jun 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Surgical options for spinal surgery according to site
    • Cervical spine – Ventral slot procedure
    • Thoracolumbar spine – Hemilaminectomy
    • Lumbosacral spine – Dorsal laminectomy
  • CSF tap and Myelography – landmarks for acquiring CSF samples and obtaining diagnostic myelograms

Speaker: Sebastien Behr DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS Specialist (Veterinary Neurology)
Internal Fixation I - Practical Session
9 Sep 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Application of cerclages and tension band fixations
  • Application of positional and lag screws
  • Tibial fractures
    • Medial approach to the tibia
    • Application of a bone plate
  • Radial fractures
    • Cranio-medial / lateral approach to the radius
    • Application of a bone plate
  • Femoral fractures
    • Lateral approach to the femur
    • Application of a bone plate and an intramedullary pin (plate and rod)

Speaker: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS FRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopedics)
Internal Fixation II - Practical Session
10 Sep 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the most important features to correctly approach humeral fractures
    • Approach the humeral shaft laterally
    • Apply a bone plate and an intramedullary pin (plate and rod)
  • Perform a dorsal approach to the carpal joint
  • Perform a carpal arthrodesis
  • Perform a medial and lateral approach to the tarsal joint
  • Perform a tarsal arthrodesis

Speaker: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS FRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopedics)
External Fixation and Bone Grafting - Practical Session
11 Sep 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Cancellous bone grafting
    • Harvest cancellous bone from the proximal humerus
  • Review external fixation equipment
    • Pins, bars and clamps
  • Tibial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type II linear frame
  • Comminuted Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair with a type Ib linear frame

Speaker: Heidi Radke DVM DipECVS FRCVS and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopedics)
Joint Diseases of the Forelimb - Practical Session
12 Sep 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Shoulder joint
    • Caudolateral and craniomedial approach to the shoulder joint
    • Biceps tenotomy
  • Elbow joint
    • Medial and lateral approach to the elbow joint
    • Subtotal coronoidectomy
    • Lag screw fixation of UAP
    • Proximal / distal ulna osteotomy

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb - Practical Session
13 Sep 2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives

  • Hip joint
    • Craniodorsal approach to the hip
    • FHNO
  • Stifle joint
    • Lateral approach to the stifle
    • Lateral fabello-tibial suture
    • Recession trochleoplasties
    • Tibial tuberosity transposition

Speaker: Kevin Parsons BVSc(Hons) CertSAS,PhD,DipECVS FHEA MRCVS

Small Animal Surgery Blended Learning Pricing

Payment Option Initial
Payment
Remaining
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Total
Payable
GPCert Programme£0.00£12,199.00£12,199.00
PgC Programme£0.00£12,699.00£12,699.00
All prices exclude VAT
Monthly Payment Options
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?
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 Surgery Blended Learning
1 Feb 2023 – 18 Sep 2024
Samantha Woods, Guillaume Chanoit, Hannes Bergmann, Jane Ladlow, Jonathan Bell, Kelly Blacklock, Kevin Parsons, Pieter Nelissen, Sebastien Behr, Rachel Burrow, Heidi Radke, Jane Ladlow, TBC (To Be Confirmed)
GPCert or PgC
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

ABOUT IMPROVE

Improve International was established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons from across the UK. We run Continuous Professional Development training for veterinary professionals to help develop the skills and knowledge required in practice. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions. We are an international organisation with offices in the UK and Portugal.

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