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.

Our Surgery programme has recently been updated to give even more practical experience in orthopaedics and more relevancy to the general practitioner. The programme comprises fourteen taught modules and EIGHT practical modules in our wet lab facilities where you get the chance to practise surgical procedures in a true clinical setting. The programme culminates in a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam at the end, ensuring you are well positioned to pass and no viva exams.

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 offering familiar and local treatment for the clients who trust you with their pets and accelerating diagnosis and treatment
  • Progress your career with recognised academic qualifications
  • Reduce the need for external referrals and increase your practice’s capabilities and income
  • Qualify towards attaining the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

Inclusive learning support

All delegates joining the programme will receive:

  • The “Veterinary Surgery” textbook by Tobias and Johnston
  • A total of five “How to” DVDs by Professor Howard Seim of Colorado University illustrating key surgical procedures
  • Support from our Surgery Course Director Dr Hannes Bergmann who will be on hand to oversee course content and act as a specialist advisor to delegates
  • Access to our learning management system operated through Moodle providing a notes library, discussion forum and other study resources including webinars
  • A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts
  • A dedicated Programme Tutor who will support every individual during their PgC programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey

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 or Sheffield.

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

Our New Sheffield Practical Training Centre

Surgical Basics: Asepsis, Instrumentation, Operative techniques and Wound healing

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Revise asepsis, sterilisation and appropriate antibiosis for surgical cases
  • Expand your knowledge of instrumentation and instrument handling
  • Become more familiar with the uses of suture, needles, staples and clips
  • Understand the principles of wound healing and how this applies to your clinical cases
  • Re-visit the principles of wound management and get up-to-date with what is available now

When

Where

Speaker

8 Apr 2019 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Jon Hall

Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the surgical approaches to salivary gland disease
  • Consider oesophageal disease and when surgery may be appropriate
  • Gastrotomy and gastrectomy: there is more to surgery of the stomach than just GDV
  • Advance your knowledge of small intestinal disease and how your decision-making can reduce complications
  • Review and revise ruptures and hernias

When

Where

Speaker

10 Apr 2019 (9:30-16:00) Sheffield Samantha Woods

Lower Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver, Spleen and Pancreas

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

  • Improve your knowledge of large intestinal surgery and the differences between cats and dogs
  • Familiarise yourself with surgical approaches to the rectum and anus
  • Explore the options for liver surgery – suture, staples or electrosurgery
  • Review biliary tract surgery – anatomy and surgical options
  • Consolidate your knowledge of pancreatic surgery
  • Splenectomy – does it need removing and if so, which technique and what are the alternatives to removal?

When

Where

Speaker

11 Apr 2019 (9:30-16:00) Sheffield Samantha Woods

Urinary and Reproductive Tract Surgery

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Develop your skills in managing renal surgery
  • Extend your knowledge of obstructive diseases of the urinary tract from ureters to urethra to enhance your day-to-day management of urolithiasis
  • Improve your awareness of the myriad of surgical options for urinary incontinence that are available now including colposuspension, TVT and urethral occluders
  • Advance your familiarity of surgery of the male reproductive system – from prostatic omentalisation to penile and preputial procedures
  • Extend the range of procedures you can offer for the female reproductive system beyond ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy

When

Where

Speaker

9 Apr 2019 (9:30-16:00) Sheffield Jon Hall

Reconstructive Skin Surgery Practical Session

Module Information

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

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Wound closure
    • Increase your options for skin reconstruction through tension relieving techniques
  • Pedicle flaps
    • Become braver with pedicle flaps: advancement, rotational and transposition to help close the larger or trickier defects
  • Muscle and omental flaps
    • Develop your familiarity with using muscle in defects by practising the external abdominal oblique muscle flap
    • Become familiar with the role of omental transposition in wound healing
  • Skin grafts
    • Understand skin grafts: full thickness and stamp and how to maximise their chances of success

When

Where

Speaker

18 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Jon Hall

Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery Practical Session

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Oesophageal foreign bodies
    • Maximise good outcomes for oesophageal foreign bodies by minimising the risks and complications through appropriate knowledge of anatomy, surgical technique and peri-operative care
  • Gastric dilation volvulus
    • Investigate which gastropexy you might choose
  • Nephrectomy and nephrotomy
    • Perform a ureteronephrectomy for when the whole kidney needs removing
    • Develop your familiarity with partial nephrectomy for saving every precious nephron
    • Investigate possible indications for nephrotomy
  • Urethrostomy
    • Practise urethrostomies at a variety of anatomical locations so you can select the right one for your patient

When

Where

Speaker

19 Jun 2019 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Jon Hall

Oral, Pharyngeal and Aural surgery

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Become secure doing surgery of the lips, cheeks and tongue
  • Improve your approach to surgical treatment of palatal abnormalities
  • Maxillectomy and mandibulectomy: when and where to cut
  • Become more familiar with pharyngeal surgery and your options for tonsillar surgery
  • Make a considered choice for your patients between lateral wall resection, vertical canal ablation, ventral bulla osteotomy and total canal ablation/lateral bulla osteotomy
  • Revise the options for surgical treatment of aural haematoma

When

Where

Speaker

13 May 2019 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Silke Stein

Surgery of the Upper Airways, Larynx and Trachea

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise conditions of the nasal planum of the young and old to guide you when to operate
  • The nasal sinuses – when does surgical access become necessary?
  • Brachycephalic airway disease - a myriad of abnormalities
  • Perfect your knowledge of the larynx to allow you to successfully treat a wide variety of surgical conditions - paralysis, collapse, trauma, stenosis and neoplasia
  • Familiarise yourself with tracheotomy, tracheostomy, tracheal avulsion, collapse, resection/anastomosis, trauma, foreign bodies and neoplasia

When

Where

Speaker

14 May 2019 (9:30-16:00) Sheffield Silke Stein

Surgery of the Abdominal and Thoracic Cavities

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your approach to peritonitis by going into the detail of the pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment options
  • By the end of this module you will have discovered the thrills of thoracic surgery and maybe even have answered some big questions:
    • Big dog / little dog: who wins?
    • Thoracostomy for pneumothorax, pyothorax and chylothorax – which tube?
    • Thoracotomy – which side and which rib space?
    • Lung Lobectomy – how many lobes can you take?
    • PDA –is this still a surgical condition?
    • Pericardectomy – how much should you take?
    • PRAA – why does a regurgitating patient need a thoracotomy?
    • Chylothorax – can you find the thoracic duct?
    • Chest wall diseases – how far can you advance the diaphragm?

When

Where

Speaker

15 May 2019 (9:30-16:00) Sheffield Jane Ladlow

Surgical Oncology

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the underlying principles of oncologic surgery to inform your surgical approaches to the most common tumours seen in practice
  • Bring yourself up-to-date on all the treatment options for mast cell tumours
  • Become comfortable with maxillectomy and mandibulectomy so you can approach oral tumours with more confidence
  • Familiarise yourself with gastrointestinal tumours so you can optimise your patient’s outcome
  • Recognise the differences between dogs and cats by learning about feline-specific tumours

When

Where

Speaker

16 May 2019 (9:30-16:00) Sheffield Jane Ladlow

Head and Neck Surgery – Practical Session

Module Information

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

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy
    • Explore the anatomy of the external ear canal
    • Choose and practise how to use your instruments
    • Identify top tips to avoid complications intraoperatively and post-operatively
  • Ventral bulla osteotomy
    • Revise the approach to the bulla
    • Identify which surgical methods maximize your success
  • Thyroid surgery
    • Thyroidectomy in the dog for carcinoma can be an exercise in dissection – become more familiar with potential pitfalls
    • Thyroidectomy in the cat is a common procedure in small animal practice – minimise complications by improving your technique
  • Unilateral arytenoid lateralisation
    • These cases can decompensate suddenly – ensure your knowledge of the surgical anatomy is perfected during this wet lab.

When

Where

Speaker

20 Jun 2019 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Jane Ladlow

Thoracic Surgery – Practical Session

Module Information

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

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Thoracotomy
    • A successful thoracotomy is all in the planning : pre-operative assessment and preparation, intra-operative anatomy and surgical technique and post-operative care all work together to optimise outcomes
  • Lung lobectomy
    • Partial and complete lobectomy: choosing which technique to perform and reducing the risk of air leakage post-operatively
  • Pericardectomy
    • Understand the pros and cons of subtotal and total pericardectomy
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
    • These young patients require careful pre-operative management, controlled anaesthesia, precise surgical anatomical knowledge and technique, as well as appropriate post-operative care.

When

Where

Speaker

21 Jun 2019 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Jane Ladlow

Joint Diseases of the Forelimb

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Consider the conditions of the shoulder including luxation, osteochondrosis and dysplasia and excision arthroplasty surgery
  • Revise the conditions of the elbow including luxations, IOHC, elbow dysplasia, developmental disease and ununited anconeal process
  • Understand developmental carpal disease, carpal hyperextension and arthrodesis and luxations of the carpus and foot
  • Discuss growth plate disorders

When

Where

Speaker

5 Aug 2019 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Richard Meeson

Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the pros and cons of the myriad of surgical options for the ruptured cruciate
  • Consider alternative causes of stifle dysfunction than the cranial cruciate ligament
  • Revise the underlying causes of patellar luxation when choosing a surgical approach
  • Perfect your knowledge of hock anatomy and the conditions that affect the joint including osteochondrosis and luxation
  • Review the conditions that affect the hip including dysplasia & luxation and familiarise yourself with a variety of procedures described to treat them
  • Understand the pros and cons of total hip replacement

When

Where

Speaker

6 Aug 2019 (9:30-16:00) Sheffield Richard Meeson

Joint Diseases of the Forelimb Practical Session

Module Information

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

Key learning objectives:

  • Shoulder Joint
    • Revise the surgical approaches to the joint and perform a bicipital tenotomy
  • Elbow Joint
    • Elbow dysplasia is a widespread and complex disease – review which surgical approaches to the joint are most appropriate for your individual cases
  • Carpus
    • Sometimes a salvage procedure is the only option – meticulous technique will enhance your ability to perform carpal arthrodesis

When

Where

Speaker

7 Aug 2019 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Nicolas Barthelemy

Joint Diseases of the Hindlimb Practical Session

Module Information

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

Key learning objectives:

  • Hip joint
    • Sometimes the best option is to perform a femoral head and neck ostectomy and good technique should allow a quick return to weight bearing
  • Stifle joint I
    • Extracapsular repair of cranial cruciate ligament disease can still be a valid treatment provided you prioritise thorough meniscal inspection
  • Stifle joint II
    • Surgical correction of a luxating patella by tibial tuberosity transposition will benefit many of your small dog patients
  • Tarsus
    • Arthrodesis of the hock can be the only option – choose whether to perform a partial or pantarsal arthrodesis

When

Where

Speaker

8 Aug 2019 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Nicolas Barthelemy

Fracture Repair I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to perform the initial assessment of the fracture patient
  • Be familiar with the descriptions and applications of fracture classification
  • Apply the principles of fracture repair and decision making in fracture repair to your cases
  • Appreciate the variety of methods available for fracture fixation and implants, including plating and external fixation devices

When

Where

Speaker

9 Aug 2019 (9:30-16:00) Sheffield Neil Burton

Fracture Repair II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles of fracture reduction, including both closed and open techniques
  • Be familiar with the options for bone grafting including both cancellous and cortical grafts
  • Describe the stabilisation of specific fractures of the fore and hindlimb
  • Discuss the clinical approach to the following complications: Delayed union / Non-union / Mal-union / Osteomyelitis

When

Where

Speaker

2 Sep 2019 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Neil Burton

Internal Fixation Practical Session

Module Information

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

  • Radial Fracture
    • Surgical repair using a bone plate and screws
  • Humeral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws
  • Femoral Fracture
    • Surgical repair using an intramedullary pin and a bone plate and screws

When

Where

Speaker

3 Sep 2019 (9:00-17:00) Sheffield Neil Burton

External Fixation and Bone Grafting Practical Session

Module Information

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

  • Cancellous bone grafting
    • Harvest cancellous bone from the proximal humerus
  • Review external fixation equipment
    • Familiarise yourself with the 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

When

Where

Speaker

4 Sep 2019 (9:00-17:00) Sheffield Neil Burton

Spinal Surgery I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Integrate the principles of lesion localisation to your spinal cases via a systematic neurological examination and its’ interpretation
  • Understand the application of neurodiagnostics
  • Appreciate the approach to and management of paraplegia and tetraplegia
  • Be familiar with the clinical approach to neurological emergencies, including cranial trauma and status epilepticus

When

Where

Speaker

5 Sep 2019 (10:30-17:00) Sheffield Sebastien Behr

Spinal Surgery II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

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

Observe a demonstration of the above procedures performed by the speaker in the wet lab.

When

Where

Speaker

6 Sep 2019 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Sebastien Behr

Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning Pricing

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  1. The total price includes registration fees with ESVPS and Harper Adams University.
  2. A non-refundable initial payment of £1051.00 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.

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  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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What do our customers think of our training?

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

Due to the tuition I have received at Improve, my clients are benefiting from not having to be referred elsewhere as I am able to do the surgeries in-house. I have learnt a lot of new techniques, increased my knowledge and skills and been able to pass these on to others in my practice. Read more... Ben Gamsa

BVM&S GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

ABOUT IMPROVE

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