14 Sep 2020

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine

Swindon

Aims

Take your knowledge to another level

Over the last 19 years, Improve International has enabled thousands of vets working in general practice to develop core clinical skills and gain additional postgraduate qualifications in more than 20 different subjects. The next step in this process of lifelong learning is a series of new modular programmes and qualifications designed specifically for vets who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in their area of clinical interest. These new programmes will be accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University in the UK (40 credits at Masters Level). Delegates will be able to gain a General Practitioner Advanced Certificate awarded by ESVPS with the possibility of upgrading to a Postgraduate Diploma.

Is this programme for me?
You will be an experienced vet with an existing good knowledge of all of the major body systems. You will probably have already undertaken additional training in the subject and gained a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (GPCertSAM) or an equivalent qualification.
You will have a strong interest in the subject and the desire to continually improve your knowledge and skills.
You would like to carry on your studies in the same subject and learn new, more advanced techniques that you can take back into your practice.
You would like to gain a higher-level qualification in the subject.

In order to undertake this higher level programme, you will need to hold a GPCert(SAM) although there will be an Accredited Prior Learning (APL) route for those vets who can demonstrate that they already have a good knowledge of the subject and who wish to pass straight to the examination without undertaking a taught programme. Achieving the GPCert(SAM) would then enable registration for the Advanced Certificate programme.

Programme structure

The course programme will be delivered in three, five-day blocks of teaching using three different European, state of the art training facilities. Two speakers will tutor each of these five-day blocks. Group size will be strictly limited to enable an excellent learning experience. Experienced world-renowned clinicians (ECVS or ACVS Diplomates) will provide delegates with the very latest information about new developments in small animal medicine. Step by step decision making processes will enable delegates to make the best choice when investigating and managing a wide variety of medical conditions. Numerous case-examples will be used to help delegates relate their theoretical knowledge to clinical practice. A practical session allowing you the chance to perform an upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy under the guidance of our specialists will allow you to improve your ability to investigate gastrointestinal disease.

Each module has been designed to progress your knowledge beyond Certificate level with more in-depth and advanced content covering topics as diverse as mycobacterial and ureteric disease.

This course will give you the ability to manage complex cases with multisystemic disease, those with unusual presentations and critically ill patients.

Objectives

The programme has been designed to enable you to:

  • Develop further confidence and competence in small animal medicine as a natural progression from the Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine or an equivalent award.
  • Provide an enhanced service to your clients
  • Perform more medical procedures in practice and reduce the need for external referral
  • Generate increased revenue in your practice
  • Meet like- minded colleagues and share information about case management
  • Meet and learn from world class speakers – two ECVS or ACVS Diplomates will be present at each module
  • Gain the GP Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and use this qualification as a route to a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences awarded by Harper Adams University

Summary

This 15 module programme has been designed for veterinary surgeons who want to progress their medical skills to the next level. Each module will be presented by two specialists (ECVS or ACVS diplomates) allowing delegates plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive practical instruction. Step by step decision making processes will enable delegates to make the best choice when investigating and managing a wide variety of medical conditions.

The ability to design a thorough and detailed diagnostic plan combined with an understanding of the nuances of the interpretion of laboratory findings will allow you to manage cases requiring complex therapeutic management with confidence.
The sessions will be complemented by an online learning platform providing access to notes, case discussions via a closed forum and further resources such as videos and reading references.

Previous experience to certificate level in small animal medicine is essential in order to benefit most from this course.

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine Modules

Cardiovascular Medicine
Sep 2020 | Swindon

1. Describe how to identify and manage arrhythmias

2. Appraise the current literature on the management of canine cardiac diseases

3. Appraise the current literature on the management of feline cardiac diseases

4. Review the cardiac biomarkers and their clinical use in dogs and cats

5. Discuss the application of interventional cardiac procedures

6. Understand the basic principle of echocardiography and its role in the diagnosis of cardiac diseases


Speaker: Luca Ferasin DVM PhD CertVC PGCert(HE) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) GPCert(B&PS) FRCVS EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
Medical Neurology
Sep 2020 | Swindon

1. Understand the principles of functional neuroatatomy

2. Discuss advances in the aetiopathogenesis and management of seizures

3. Recognise how to diagnose and manage disorders of peripheral nerves

4. Discuss how to manage inflammatory disorders of the CNS

5. Describe the diagnosis and management of muscle disorders


Speaker: Simon Platt BVM&S, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ECVN, FRCVS RCVS Recognized Specialist of Veterinary Neurology, Professor of Neurology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia
Urology
Sep 2020 | Swindon

1. Evaluate the current literature on the aetiopathogenesis and management of chronic renal failure

2. Describe the therapeutic approach to the patient with acute renal failure

3. Recognise the pathophysiology of glomerular disease in dogs

4. Explain how to diagnose and manage a dog with glomerular disease

5. Evaluate and manage the patient with a non-responsive urinary tract infection

6. Describe the diagnosis and management of ureteric diseases


Speaker: Mark Dunning MA VetMB PhD CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Infectious Disease
Sep 2020 | Swindon

1. Discuss molecular testing for infectious diseases

2. Evaluate the current literature on the diagnosis and management of leptospirosis

3. Review advances in the diagnosis and management of feline infectious peritonitis

4. Appreciate the aetiology, epidemiology and management of polysystemic protozoal infections

5. Recognise how to diagnose and manage emerging conditions including mycobacterial diseases and cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy

6. Describe the clinical signs, diagnosis and management of imported diseases including ehrlichiosis, leishmaniosis and babesiosis


Speaker: Simon Tappin VetMB MA,CertSAM,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Emergency Medicine and Critical care
Sep 2020 | Swindon

1. Interpret the results of blood gas analysis

2. Describe the latest developments in blood transfusion medicine

3. Explain how to identify and manage shock and systemic inflammatory response syndrome

4. Explain how to sedate the critically ill patient

5. Appreciate the advances in analgesia for patients with medical disorders

6. Discuss the indications for continuous renal replacement therapies


Speaker: Simon Tappin VetMB MA,CertSAM,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Endocrinology
Nov 2020 | Swindon

1. Apply the underlying principles of endocrine anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology

2. Evaluate the current literature on the aetiology and management of canine and feline diabetes mellitus

3. Describe how to recognise and manage feline acromegaly

4. Discuss how to investigate and manage the patient with abnormalities of serum sodium and potassium

5. Recognise how to diagnose and manage the patient with atypical adrenal gland disorder

6. Explain how disorders of the parathyroid gland are diagnosed and managed


Speaker: Lucy Davison VetMB MA,CertSAM,PhD,DipECVIM-CA,DSAM MRCVS
Clinical Pathology & Cytology
Nov 2020 | Swindon
  1. Describe the laboratory evaluation of lipid disorders
  2. Identify red and white blood cell disorders
  3. Recognise the different cytological characteristics of effusions, CSF and joint fluid
  4. Identify the cytological appearance of common cutaneous lesions
  5. Recognise the cytological appearance of lymph node pathology

Speaker: Kostas Papasouliotis DVM PhD DipRCPath (Vet.Clin.Path.) DipECVCP MRCVS
Immunology
Nov 2020 | Swindon
  1. Understand the basis of immune function and the immune response
  2. Explain how to diagnose immune-mediated diseases
  3. Discuss advances in immune-modulatory drug therapy
  4. Appraise the evidence-base for the management of IMHA and ITP
  5. Recognise how to diagnose the patient with an immunodeficiency

Speaker: James Swann MA VetMB MVetMed DipACVIM DipECVIM MRCVS
Diagnostic Imaging
Nov 2020 | Swindon
  1. Discuss the indications for CT and MRI
  2. Interpret CT images of the thorax and nasal chambers
  3. Describe the technique of ultrasound guided sample collection
  4. Explain the indications and technique for fluoroscopy and contrast angiography

Speaker: Luís Mesquita DVM, DipECVDI
Medical Oncology
Nov 2020 | Swindon
  1. Explain the principles of tumour biology and staging
  2. Discuss molecular testing for lymphoproliferative diseases
  3. Discuss how to manage tumours of the haemopoietic system
  4. Recognise the indications for radiotherapy
  5. Describe advances in management of common tumours

To be confirmed
Gastrointestinal I
Jan 2021 | Swindon

1. Describe how to diagnose and manage oesophageal disease

2. Evaluate the current literature on the aetiopathogenesis and management of inflammatory bowel disease and small cell lymphoma

3. Recognise the role of bacteria in canine and feline gastrointestinal disease

4. Explain the indications and technique for gastrointestinal tract endoscopy

5. Perform an upper and lower gastrointestinal tract endoscopy


Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Gastrointestinal II
Jan 2021 | Swindon

1. Discuss the latest developments in the diagnosis and management of canine chronic liver disease

2. Evaluate the current literature on the management of portosystemic shunts

3. Describe an approach to the cat with inflammatory liver disease

4. Review the diagnostic tests and management options for canine and feline acute pancreatitis


Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Practical Therapeutic Techniques
Jan 2021 | Swindon

1. Recognise the indications and contraindications for enteral nutrition

2. Practice how to place a nasooesophageal and oesophagostomy tube

3. Describe how to place and manage a central venous catheter

4. Recognise and practice the indications and technique for placement of a thoracic drain

5. Practice the techniques for bone marrow aspiration, arthrocentesis and CSF sampling


Speaker: Nick Bexfield BVetMed CertSAM,DSAM,PhD FSBiol MRCVS
Practical Diagnostic Imaging
Jan 2021 | Swindon
  1. Practice abdominal ultrasonography and recognise how to identify the adrenal glands, pancreas and lymph nodes
  2. Describe the techniques of ultrasound guided sampling and practice these techniques on models
  3. Review the theory and practice of echocardiography and practice this on live animals
  4. The standard echocardiographic views and how to optimise them
  5. The useful ultrasonic measurements needed to make a diagnosis

To be confirmed
Respiratory Medicine
Jan 2021 | Swindon
  1. Review the optimal procedure for bronchoscopy and airway sampling
  2. Explain the use of CT in the diagnosis of respiratory tract disease
  3. Describe the management of bronchial diseases and selected disorders of the pleural space
  4. Discuss the diagnosis and management of pulmonary hypertension
  5. Interpret thoracic radiographs from real life clinical cases

To be confirmed

Booking Options

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GPAdvCert Programme (Pay in full) £10,995.00 £0.00 £10,995.00
GPAdvCert Programme (Deposit to secure place) £9,500.00 £1,495.00 £10,995.00
GPAdvCert Programme Deposit and 12 monthly payments £840.00 £1,495.00 £11,575.00

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Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. Payment for the course can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  3. 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. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to confirm your booking.

Key information

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine
14 Sep 2020
22 Jan 2021
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15 Day Course
Swindon
Chris Linney, Ed Hall, Luca Ferasin, Lucy Davison, Nick Bexfield, Simon Tappin, James Swann, Luís Mesquita, Mark Dunning, Kostas Papasouliotis, Simon Platt, Jane Dobson, Alisdair Boag
£10,995.00 + VAT