Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning
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
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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
- 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
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
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
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
Frequently Asked Questions
If coming from a non-European country – how would face to face module attendance work?
- Delegates attending from outside of Europe may require Visas in order to participate in our face to face programmes. Please note that the Student Tier 4 Visa is not applicable to Improve International delegates as a result of us being a private education provider. Further guidance on your entry requirements should be checked with your local embassy.
- Improve International does not provide support in obtaining Visas but can provide supporting documentation to support your application if requested.
What is a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)?
The PgC is a university qualification which provides 60 academic credits. The qualification is positioned at Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) framework for higher and further education. The 60 credits can be used towards achieving a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) or Masters (MRes), which represent 120 credits and 180 credits respectively. The PgC is a recognised academic qualification which will demonstrate that you have achieved a certain standard in that subject.
What is the criteria for enrolment?
All applicants must:
- Hold a veterinary qualification
- Have spent a minimum of one year in veterinary practice
- UK-based applicants must also be on the RCVS Home Practising Register, whilst applicants based outside the UK must hold a qualification that would entitle them to register as a member of the RCVS
Additionally, UK-based veterinary surgeons who qualified from 2007 onwards must have completed the RCVS Professional Development Phase (PDP) before they can enrol.
Over what time period can I take the taught modules?
You can take up to 3 years to spread your taught modules.
Are Improve’s Postgraduate Certificates academically equivalent to the RCVS CertAVP and other postgraduate certificates?
Yes. Each PgC is a recognised higher education qualification as validated by Harper Adams University. The qualification represents Level 7 (Masters) within the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It provides 60 transferable academic credits at this level. The qualifications are therefore, by definition, academically equivalent.
I have previously achieved a GPCert. Can I use this towards a PgC?
You are able to “upgrade” from a GPCert to a PgC within 5 years of the GPCert exam date. Please contact ISVPS for further information – ISVPS.
Is my practice suitable for studying towards a postgraduate certificate?
As a guide we suggest you consider the following when deciding whether you think the facilities and equipment and your role in the practice will support your studies:
- Number of patients, species distribution and range of conditions seen should allow student to gain experience across the whole syllabus during the study period
- Either a manual or computerised system of patient records, allowing accurate recording, storage and retrieval of information
- Facilities to hospitalise patients and arrangements for OOH care
- Equipment and facilities to conduct radiographic examinations and ultrasound should be available within the practice or on referral. Access to CT/MRI equipment is not a requirement
- Suitable equipment for administration of oxygen and safe maintenance of anaesthesia
- Disinfection and sterilisation procedures in place which are suitable for the work undertaken
- Medicines are stored, prescribed and dispensed appropriately.
Where are the taught programmes held?
Our Medicine and Surgery programmes are held at various locations in the UK; Swindon, Hatfield and Sheffield. We have excellent wet-lab facilities in Swindon and Sheffield, with state-of-the-art practical training equipment and technology.
Our Clinical Postgraduate Programmes are held at our Swindon and Sheffield training centres, see the individual programmes for venue information.
To find out more about our venues, click here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/venue/
How are Improve’s PgC programmes different to other providers?
Improve’s modular training programmes have been developed over a period of 20 years and are taught by world-renowned experts in their field. They successfully blend theoretical lectures with hands-on practical sessions where appropriate and delegates also have access to valuable online learning components.
How many hours will I spend on my certificate?
A PgC comprises 600 hours of notional study. This is typically made up of the following:
- 100 hours of taught sessions and ten hours of practical experience for Small Animal Medicine
- 70 hours of taught sessions and 48 hours of practical experience for Small Animal Surgery
- 82-94 hours preparing for and reflecting on the taught sessions. This includes pre and post course online evaluation and self-reflection
- 200 hours of independent study, including the preparation and writing of assignments
- 200 hours preparing for final examination
How will I be assessed?
At the beginning of the programme, you will receive a syllabus and specific learning objectives for all of the taught modules.
During the programme, you will be required to document your current knowledge and skills prior to each module and undertake an informal short multiple-choice exercise. After the module, you will then undertake a further multiple choice exercise to reflect on the knowledge gained and implement a strategy to address any outstanding knowledge and skills gaps via independent study.
ISVPS provide the GPCert assessments and HAU provide the PgC assessments. The GPCert assessments include a case report and a final written examination including a multiple-choice question (MCQ) paper, an online applied knowledge paper, and a case-based scenario paper.
The PgC assessments include a case diary and a reflective essay.
Delegates studying towards a PgC in Cardiology, Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Medicine & Surgery, Exotic Animal Practice, Endoscopy & Endosurgery, Feline Practice and Ophthalmology additionally undertake the distance learning Advanced Practitioner module with HAU which is assessed via a portfolio.
The final examination takes place yearly covering the course syllabus. You must have attended all modules to be entered for the final exam.
What resources will be available to support me through the PgC?
All delegates will receive a subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts.
Medicine delegates will be provided with Improve International’s Manual of Small Animal Medicine Vol 1 and 2 and Surgery delegates with Improve International’s Manual of Small Animal Surgery Vol 1 and 2.
The Improve Learning Management System (LMS) provides access to a notes library, discussion forum and other study resources including webinars.
A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their PgC programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey.
More information can be found on our Learning Support page.
ISVPS will provide support with assignments.
Will Improve’s PgCs enable me to apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status?
After you have successfully obtained 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.
The following programmes are recognised PgCs enabling you to apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status:
Small Animal Medicine, Small Animal Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Feline Practice, Exotic Animal Practice, Cardiology, Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging and Emergency Medicine & Surgery.
* Currently the RCVS does not list Endoscopy & Endosurgery as a designated Advanced Practitioner subject so it is not possible to apply for the Advanced Practitioner Status.
For Small Animal Medicine and Small Animal Surgery, there is an additional requirement for evidence of Professional Key Skills CPD, access to this will be provided at the end of your programme. There will be an additional fee to complete this with Harper Adams University, please contact us for more information.
For further information please see RCVS website.
How can I fit a modular CPD programme into my busy life?
Our PgC programmes are flexible to try to enable you to fit study in to busy practice life. With our Clinical PgCs, we have tried to ensure two modules are offered back-to-back for the duration of the course to reduce your travel time and costs and make the learning experience more immersive. With our Medicine and Surgery PgCs, these are run every month from 2-8pm, therefore reducing the amount of time out of practice.
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?
No. We understand that you are busy professionals and aim to be as flexible as possible.
Whilst we need advance notice if you are going to be unable to attend a particular module, we will make every effort to find you an alternative venue and date. If the alternative dates don’t suit, you can attend the missed module when the programme runs the following year. The only restriction is that you need to attend all of the taught modules before you can sit the relevant ISVPS examination.
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