Two year programme

Small Animal Surgery

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

The most in-depth and practical modular small animal surgery programme with an easy route to progress to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

Our Small Animal Surgery PgC programme has been designed to be spread over two years culminating in a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam at the end, ensuring you are well positioned to pass and no viva exams. Our programme has recently been updated to give even more practical experience in orthopaedics and more relevancy to the general practitioner.

This programme divides into a soft-tissue component in year one and an orthopaedic/spinal component in year two. 

Transform your practice life by gaining recognised qualifications:

  • Achieve not only a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) but also a General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)
    – The PgC is a recognised higher education qualification which represents Master Level 7 and provides 60 transferable academic credits. Candidates will achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) after successfully passing all assessments in a one year programme, and will then have the opportunity to continue for a second year to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC). 
    – On successful attainment of the GPCert(SAM) candidates will be awarded a personalised certificate and their name will be included in the ESVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders
  • Qualify towards attaining the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

Attendance on the taught modules is typically once monthly on a weekday between 2 pm and 8 pm however, where there are case-based discussion webinars or practical sessions these times may vary.

You will have the opportunity to practise a wide variety of the surgical procedures you want to perfect in a wet-lab environment. Click to find out more about the practical components >

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. You will spend time reviewing the surgical procedures by way of brief presentations and where appropriate, video presentations You will spend the majority of the allotted time practising these procedures.

All practical sessions take place at our purpose-built practical facilities in Swindon and 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 procedures
  • Perform the listed procedures in a wet-lab environment
  • Demonstrate the listed procedures to a colleague or the specialist speaker
  • Evaluate your own surgical skills and recognise your limitations with respect to some of the above procedures
  • Recognise when to seek assistance from a colleague or referral institution

Inclusive learning support

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The “Veterinary Surgery” textbook by Tobias and Johnston

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

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A total of five “How to” DVDs by Professor Howard Seim of Colorado University illustrating key surgical procedures

Access to our learning management system operated through Moodle 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 New Sheffield Practical Training Centre

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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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

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?

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*11 Dec 2019 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Julia Riggs
Available*12 Dec 2019 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Julia Riggs
Fully Booked13 Dec 2019 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Julia Riggs
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked8 Jan 2020 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Jane Ladlow
Available*9 Jan 2020 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Jane Ladlow
Available*10 Jan 2020 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Jane Ladlow
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*4 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Jon Hall
Fully Booked6 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Jon Hall
Fully Booked11 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Laura Owen
Available*13 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
Available*18 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Jon Hall
Provisional (date may change)**20 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Laura Owen
Available*25 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
Available*27 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
Provisional (date may change)**10 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Jon Hall
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Gastrointestinal and Urinary Tract Surgery – Practical Session

Module Information

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

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*5 Feb 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Jon Hall
Fully Booked7 Feb 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Jon Hall
Fully Booked12 Feb 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Laura Owen
Available*14 Feb 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
Available*19 Feb 2020 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Jon Hall
Provisional (date may change)**21 Feb 2020 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Laura Owen
Available*26 Feb 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
Available*28 Feb 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Guillaume Chanoit
Provisional (date may change)**11 Mar 2020 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Jon Hall
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*30 Mar 2020 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Samantha Woods
Available*31 Mar 2020 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Samantha Woods
Available*1 Apr 2020 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Samantha Woods
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked21 Apr 2020 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Kate Forster
Available*22 Apr 2020 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Kate Forster
Available*23 Apr 2020 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Kate Forster
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

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?

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*5 May 2020 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Kelly Blacklock
Available*6 May 2020 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Kelly Blacklock
Available*7 May 2020 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Kelly Blacklock
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked8 Jun 2020 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Pieter Nelissen
Available*9 Jun 2020 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Pieter Nelissen
Available*10 Jun 2020 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Pieter Nelissen
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Head and Neck Surgery – Practical Session

Module Information

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.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked1 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Jon Hall
Available*7 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Darren Barnes
Provisional (date may change)**9 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Darren Barnes
Fully Booked14 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Jane Ladlow
Available*16 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Jane Ladlow
Available*21 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Darren Barnes
Available*23 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Darren Barnes
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Thoracic Surgery – Practical Session

Module Information

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.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked2 Jul 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Jon Hall
Available*8 Jul 2020 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Darren Barnes
Provisional (date may change)**10 Jul 2020 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Darren Barnes
Fully Booked15 Jul 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Jane Ladlow
Available*17 Jul 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Jane Ladlow
Available*22 Jul 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Darren Barnes
Available*24 Jul 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Darren Barnes
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**9 Sep 2020 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Richard Meeson
Provisional (date may change)**10 Sep 2020 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Richard Meeson
Provisional (date may change)**11 Sep 2020 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Richard Meeson
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**7 Oct 2020 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Hannes Bergmann
Provisional (date may change)**14 Oct 2020 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Hannes Bergmann
Provisional (date may change)**20 Oct 2020 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Hannes Bergmann
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**10 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**12 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**17 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**26 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**1 Dec 2020 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**3 Dec 2020 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**10 Dec 2020 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Nicolas Barthelemy
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**11 Nov 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**13 Nov 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**18 Nov 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**27 Nov 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**2 Dec 2020 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**4 Dec 2020 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Nicolas Barthelemy
Provisional (date may change)**11 Dec 2020 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Nicolas Barthelemy
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**4 Jan 2021 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Neil Burton
Provisional (date may change)**4 Jan 2021 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**11 Jan 2021 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Kevin Parsons
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**1 Feb 2021 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**4 Feb 2021 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Neil Burton
Provisional (date may change)**8 Feb 2021 (14:00-20:00) Hatfield Kevin Parsons
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Internal Fixation - Practical Session

Module Information

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

Key Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**9 Mar 2021 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**11 Mar 2021 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**16 Mar 2021 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**18 Mar 2021 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**30 Mar 2021 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Neil Burton
Provisional (date may change)**8 Apr 2021 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Neil Burton
Provisional (date may change)**29 Apr 2021 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Neil Burton
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

External Fixation and Bone Grafting - Practical Session

Module Information

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

Key Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**10 Mar 2021 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**12 Mar 2021 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**17 Mar 2021 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**19 Mar 2021 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Kevin Parsons
Provisional (date may change)**31 Mar 2021 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Neil Burton
Provisional (date may change)**9 Apr 2021 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Neil Burton
Provisional (date may change)**30 Apr 2021 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Neil Burton
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**18 May 2021 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**20 May 2021 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**25 May 2021 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**27 May 2021 (14:00-20:00) Swindon Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**22 Jun 2021 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**24 Jun 2021 (14:00-20:00) Sheffield Sebastien Behr
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

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.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Provisional (date may change)**19 May 2021 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**21 May 2021 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**26 May 2021 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**28 May 2021 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**23 Jun 2021 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Sebastien Behr
Provisional (date may change)**25 Jun 2021 (9:00-16:30) Sheffield Sebastien Behr
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.
** Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Small Animal Surgery Pricing

Booking Options

Payments Initial
Payment
Total
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Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
Full Course £11,995.00 £0.00 £11,995.00
Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments £925.00 £1,495.00 £12,595.00
Deposit and 20 monthly payments £570.00 £1,495.00 £12,895.00
Deposit and Payment in Full £10,500.00 £1,495.00 £11,995.00

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Start date and location
3 Oct 2019
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Sheffield

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Start date and location
1 Oct 2019
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Swindon

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Start date and location
2 Oct 2019
u
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Hatfield

Module one of this programme has already started. You can book the full course now and complete the modules that have passed on next year's programme.

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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 is due on registration. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  3. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  4. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups, multiple booking discounts and pricing and payment options for courses taking place in Ireland.
  5. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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. 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?

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 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

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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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