Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

Apply new knowledge and skills in just four months with our new Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) consolidated learning programme

Our Surgery PgC consolidated learning programme allows you to gain access to the content of our two year Small Animal Surgery PgC programme usually spread over two years in just four months.

This programme will give you all of the lecture-based teaching and practical skills in a condensed period giving you the opportunity to take your new knowledge and skills back to practice even quicker. Working in conjunction with our partners – ESVPS and Harper Adams University we ensure the highest academic standards across all our PgC programmes.

This programme then follows the normal route of a PgC programme.

The Improve PgC programmes help you to transform your practice life:

  • Consolidated learning – gain access to tuition normally spread over two years in just four months
  • 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(SAS) candidates will be awarded with 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

Additional Information

Practical modules

You will spend time reviewing the surgical procedures by way of short lectures and where appropriate, video presentations. You will then practise surgical procedures in a wet-lab environment with demonstration and close support from the specialist speaker. You will spend the majority of the allotted time practising these procedures. All practical sessions take place at our purpose-built practical facility in Swindon.

Practical Learning Objectives:

At the end of the practical sessions, you should be able to:

  • Outline the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of the patient
  • Understand the principles of surgical planning
  • Apply principles of surgical planning to selected cases
  • Understand the possible surgical complications that may arise following each of the above procedures
  • Perform the listed procedures in a wet-lab environment
  • Demonstrate the listed procedures to a colleague or the specialist speaker
  • Evaluate their own surgical skills and recognise their limitations with respect to some of the above procedures
  • Recognise when to seek assistance from a colleague or referral institution

Surgical Asepsis and Basic Operative Techniques: Wounds and Wound Healing

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Instrumentation and instrument handling
  • Antiseptics, sterilisation techniques and use of antibiotics
  • Gloving and gowning
  • Principles of wound healing - primary and delayed closure, secondary healing
  • Principles of reconstructive surgery - skin flaps and grafts
  • Principles and uses of surgical drains

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Urinary and Reproductive Tract Surgery

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Obstructive diseases of the urinary tract - ureters, bladder and urethra
  • Urinary tract trauma - kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract neoplasia
  • Disorders and surgery of the female and male reproductive tracts

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Gastrointestinal Surgery I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Salivary gland diseases - mucocoeles, trauma, hypersialism, neoplasia
  • Oesophageal foreign bodies, trauma, strictures, diverticulum, neoplasia
  • The stomach - hiatal hernias, gastric foreign bodies, dilatation/volvulus, gastric outflow disease, gastric neoplasia

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Gastrointestinal Surgery II and Liver, Spleen and Pancreas Surgery

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Intestinal surgery - serosal and omental patching, obstructions and foreign bodies, neoplasia
  • Megacolon, rectal prolapse and stricture
  • The anus and perianal area - atresia ani, anal sac disease, anal furunculosis
  • Liver, spleen and pancreas surgery

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Oral and Pharyngeal Surgery - The Ear

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Surgery of the lips and cheeks, tongue and hard palate
  • Maxilla/mandible - maxillectomy and mandibulectomy
  • Pharyngeal surgery
  • Tonsillar surgery
  • The ear - lateral wall resection, vertical canal ablation, total canal ablation/lateral bulla osteotomy, ventral bulla osteotomy, haematomas

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Surgery of the Upper Airways - Laryngeal and Tracheal Surgery

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • The nose - neoplasia, autoimmune disease
  • The nasal sinuses
  • Brachycephalic airway disease
  • Laryngeal diseases - paralysis, collapse, trauma, stenosis, neoplasia
  • Tracheal surgery - tracheotomy, tracheostomy, collapse, resection/anastomosis, trauma, foreign bodies, neoplasia

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Peritonitis – pathophysiology, clinical signs and treatment
  • Chest wall diseases – neoplasia and trauma
  • Chylothorax and pyothorax
  • PRAA + LA, pneumothorax, diaphragmatic hernia
  • Thoracic surgery: Instrumentation, thoracic drainage, thoracotomy procedures, lung lobectomy and pericardectomy

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Surgical Oncology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Principles of oncologic surgery
  • Surgery for skin tumours, oral tumours, gastrointestinal tumours, urogenital tumours and chest wall tumours
  • Feline specific tumours

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Reconstructive Surgery – Practical Session

Module Information

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

  • Wound closure - Tension relief, prevention of ‘dog ears’, relaxing incisions
  • Pedicle flaps - Advancement flaps, rotational flaps, transposition flaps
  • Muscle and omental flaps - External abdominal oblique muscle flap, omental transposition
  • Skin grafts - Full thickness skin grafts and stamp grafts

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery - Practical Session

Module Information

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

  • Oesophageal foreign bodies - Pre-op management, anaesthesia, surgical anatomy, surgical technique, post-op care and assessment
  • Gastric dilatation volvulus - Temporary and permanent gastropexy
  • Nephrectomy and nephrotomy - Partial nephrectomy, ureteronephrectomy, indications for nephrotomy
  • Urethrostomy - Prescrotal, scrotal, perineal, prepubic

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Head and Neck Surgery

Module Information

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

  • Total ear canal ablation (TECA) - Suture materials and special instruments, post-op care and assessment, complications
  • Ventral bulla osteotomy - Suture materials and special instruments, post-op care and assessment, complications
  • Thyroid surgery - Thyroidectomy in the dog, thyroidectomy in the cat demonstration
  • Unilateral arytenoid lateralisation - Pre-op management, anaesthesia, surgical anatomy, surgical technique, post-op care and assessment

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Thoracic Surgery - Practical Session

Module Information

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the speaker:

  • Thoracotomy - Pre-op management, anaesthesia, surgical anatomy, surgical technique, post-op care and assessment
  • Lung lobectomy - Partial and complete lobectomy
  • Pericardectomy - Subtotal and total
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) - Pre-operative management, anaesthesia, surgical anatomy, surgical technique, post-op care and assessment

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Spinal Surgery I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Lesion localisation - the neurological examination and it’s interpretation
  • The application of neurodiagnostics
  • The approach to and management of paraplegia and tetraplegia
  • Neurological emergencies, including cranial trauma and status epilepticus

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Spinal Surgery II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Cervical disc surgery
  • Thoracolumbar disc surgery
  • Lumbosacral disc surgery

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Orthopaedics I - The Forelimb

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe conditions of the shoulder including luxation, osteochondrosis and dysplasia and excision arthroplasty surgery
  • Describe conditions of the elbow including luxations, elbow dysplasia, developmental disease and un-united anconeal process
  • Understand developmental carpal disease, carpal hyperextension and arthrodesis and luxations of the carpus and foot
  • Discuss growth plate disorders


When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Orthopaedics II - The Hindlimb

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand conditions of the hip, including dysplasia, luxations, arthroplasty and total hip replacement
  • Describe conditions of the stifle, including patellar luxation, osteochondrosis and cruciate rupture
  • Describe conditions of the hock, including osteochondrosis and luxation



When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Orthopaedics III - Decision Making in Fracture Repair

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • The initial assessment of the fracture patient
  • Descriptions and applications of fracture classification
  • Principles and decision making in fracture repair
  • Methods of fracture fixation and implants, including plating and external fixation devices

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Orthopaedics IV - Complications of Fracture Repair

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • The principles of fracture reduction, including both closed and open techniques
  • Options for bone grafting including both cancellous and cortical grafts
  • Approaches to the following complications: Delayed union/Non-union/Mal-union/Osteomyelitis

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Joint and Fracture Surgery in the Forelimb - Practical Session

Module Information

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the course tutor:

  • Osteochondrosis dissecans – surgical approaches to the proximal and distal humerus for the treatment of shoulder and elbow osteochondrosis dissecans (OD)
  • Shoulder joint – approach to the biceps tendon for bicipital tenotomy
  • Fracture repair – surgical repair of a fractured humerus using a bone plate and screws
  • Carpus – carpal arthrodesis technique

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Joint and Fracture Surgery in the Hindlimb - Practical Session

Module Information

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the course tutor:

  • Hip joint – surgical approach to the hip for the treatment of luxation
  • Fracture repair - surgical repair of a fractured femur using an intramedullary pin and cerclage wires
  • Stifle joint I – cranial cruciate ligament repair using the De Angelis suture method
  • Stifle joint II – surgical correction of a medially luxating patella by tibial tuberosity transposition

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Bone Grafting and External Skeletal Fixation - Practical Session

Module Information

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the course tutor:

  • Cancellous bone grafting Harvesting cancellous bone from the proximal humerus
  • Review of external fixation equipment Pins, bars and clamps
  • Fracture repair I - Surgical repair of a fractured tibia using half pins
  • Fracture repair II - Surgical repair of a comminuted radial fracture using full pins

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Spinal Surgery - Practical Session

Module Information

You will practise the following surgical procedures under supervision by the course tutor:

  • Localising the lesion How to perform a neurological examination
  • Myelography How to perform a myelogram using cisternal puncture
  • Cervical disc surgery. Fenestration and ventral slot procedure to treat cervical disc disease
  • Thoracolumbar disc surgery. Hemilaminectomy procedure to treat thoracolumbar disc diseases

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning Pricing

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Payment Terms & Conditions

  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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