Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

Apply new knowledge and skills in just five months with our Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) Consolidated Learning programme

Our Small Animal 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 five 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 more quickly. Working in conjunction with our partners – ISVPS and Harper Adams University, we ensure the highest academic standards across all our PgC programmes, with a route to progress to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status.

Enhance your practical skills

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.
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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

Gain a recognised qualification

By attending the full structured taught programme and following successful assessment you can gain the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) from Harper Adams University (HAU).

  • The Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. It provides 60 transferable academic credits towards the 180 required for a Masters degree in the UK or 30 ECTS credits (Europe)
  • On successful attainment you will also be awarded the GPCert(SAS) and a personalised certificate and your name will be included in the ISVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders
  • 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

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate (GPAdvCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) and Masters degree (MSc)

By continuing your learning journey with us, your PgC may also be used towards a GPAdvCert, PgD or a Masters degree. These qualifications will enable you to expand your knowledge and further demonstrate your skills, while obtaining academic recognition.

Attendance on the taught modules is typically held in blocks of four or five days, once per month. 

Inclusive learning support

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Improve International's Manual of Small Animal Surgery Vol 1 and 2

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

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A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts

Access to our world-leading learning management system providing a notes library, discussion forum and other study resources including webinars

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

Our Sheffield Practical Training Centre

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.

What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Postgraduate Certificates

If coming from a non-European country – how would face to face module attendance work?
What is a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)?
What is the criteria for enrolment?
Over what time period can I take the taught modules?
Are Improve’s Postgraduate Certificates academically equivalent to the RCVS CertAVP and other postgraduate certificates?
I have previously achieved a GPCert. Can I use this towards a PgC?
Is my practice suitable for studying towards a postgraduate certificate?
Where are the taught programmes held?
How are Improve’s PgC programmes different to other providers?
How many hours will I spend on my certificate?
How will I be assessed?
What resources will be available to support me through the PgC?
Will Improve’s PgCs enable me to apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status?
How can I fit a modular CPD programme into my busy life?
I want to register on a modular course but I may be away for some of the modules. Does this mean I will miss out?

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.

What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

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

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

Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning Pricing

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  8. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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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. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.

What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

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

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

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.

What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

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

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