General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine
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.
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.
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
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.
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|Deposit and 12 monthly payments||£840.00||£1,495.00||£11,575.00|
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Module (class) -1 - Clinical Pathology & Cytology27 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: Kostas Papasouliotis
- Describe the laboratory evaluation of lipid disorders
- Identify red and white blood cell disorders
- Recognise the different cytological characteristics of effusions, CSF and joint fluid
- Identify the cytological appearance of common cutaneous lesions
- Recognise the cytological appearance of lymph node pathology
Module (class) -2 - Diagnostic Imaging28 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon * Provisional Date - may be subject to change
Speaker: Luís Mesquita
- Discuss the indications for CT and MRI
- Interpret CT images of the thorax and nasal chambers
- Describe the technique of ultrasound guided sample collection
- Explain the indications and technique for fluoroscopy and contrast angiography
Module (class) -3 - Immunology29 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: James Swann
- Understand the basis of immune function and the immune response
- Explain how to diagnose immune-mediated diseases
- Discuss advances in immune-modulatory drug therapy
- Appraise the evidence-base for the management of IMHA and ITP
- Recognise how to diagnose the patient with an immunodeficiency
Module (class) -4 - Endocrinology30 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: Lucy Davison
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
Module (class) -5 - Medical Oncology1 May 2020 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon * Provisional Date - may be subject to change
Speaker: Jane Dobson
- Explain the principles of tumour biology and staging
- Discuss molecular testing for lymphoproliferative diseases
- Discuss how to manage tumours of the haemopoietic system
- Recognise the indications for radiotherapy
- Describe advances in management of common tumours
Module (class) -6 - Cardiovascular Medicine14 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon * Provisional Date - may be subject to change
Speaker: Luca Ferasin
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
Module (class) -7 - Medical Neurology15 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: Simon Platt
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
Module (class) -8 - Urology16 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: Mark Dunning
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
Module (class) -9 - Infectious Disease17 Sep 2020 (8:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: Simon Tappin
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
Module (class) -10 - Emergency Medicine and Critical care18 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: Simon Tappin
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
Module (class) -11 - Gastrointestinal I18 Jan 2021 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: Ed Hall
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
Module (class) -12 - Gastrointestinal II19 Jan 2021 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: Ed Hall
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
Module (class) -13 - Practical Therapeutic Techniques20 Jan 2021 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon
Speaker: Nick Bexfield
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
Module (class) -14 - Practical Diagnostic Imaging21 Jan 2021 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon * Provisional Date - may be subject to change
Speaker: Chris Linney|Luís Mesquita
- Practice abdominal ultrasonography and recognise how to identify the adrenal glands, pancreas and lymph nodes
- Describe the techniques of ultrasound guided sampling and practice these techniques on models
- Review the theory and practice of echocardiography and practice this on live animals
- The standard echocardiographic views and how to optimise them
- The useful ultrasonic measurements needed to make a diagnosis
Module (class) -15 - Respiratory Medicine22 Jan 2021 (9:30-17:30) - Swindon * Provisional Date - may be subject to change
Speaker: Daniel Lewis
- Review the optimal procedure for bronchoscopy and airway sampling
- Explain the use of CT in the diagnosis of respiratory tract disease
- Describe the management of bronchial diseases and selected disorders of the pleural space
- Discuss the diagnosis and management of pulmonary hypertension
- Interpret thoracic radiographs from real life clinical cases
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General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Medicine
22 Jan 2021