20 Jan 2020

PgC and GPCert Exotic Animal Practice

Swindon

Aims

Exotic pets often fill veterinary surgeons with dread as they come through the surgery door. This course will leave you fully equipped to understand and treat the more varied cases and species. The course includes taught sessions on all key areas and promises to bring you fully up to date with all of the current and emerging issues.

Objectives

The modules will assist delegates in consolidating their knowledge of exotic medicine and surgery and help them develop an informed clinical approach to the exotic patient.

Summary

Improve International has formed an exciting collaboration with the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and Harper Adams University. The taught programme in Exotic Practice is validated by Harper Adams University at Masters level (level 7) and the ESVPS examination process, which enables practitioners to gain a General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) in the subject is also validated. This means that delegates sitting and passing the GPCert examination will also receive 40 academic credits from Harper Adams University.

For delegates who wish to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in the subject, there will be an additional 20-credit module, delivered by Harper Adams University called ‘Advanced Practitioner’ centred on work based activities. This module is delivered on a part-time basis across a period of nine months. The PgC is academically identical to other PgCs available to the veterinary profession and the credits may be used toward a Higher award.

All delegates will receive a subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts.

Improve International's online learning management system, Moodle, provides access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources, including surgical videos and webinars.

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

Registration is from 9.15am, course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 5.00pm on all modules. Comprehensive course notes are provided for each module. Refreshments are available throughout the day and lunch is included on all modules.

Delegates wishing to complete the Postgraduate Certificate examination will be required to attend all fourteen taught modules. These modules can be completed in one year or delegates can extend the programme over two or three years. Modules can be attended in any order, to suit individual preferences, subject to availability.

The full programme course fees INCLUDE registration with Harper Adams University and all examination and assessment fees. It does not, however, include the Advance Practitioner module, which is payable directly to Harper Adams. These are NOT included in the individual or paired module fees and if you choose to do the course in this way additional fees will apply on exam registration

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Full Course £7,995.00 £0.00 £7,995.00
Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments £625.00 £995.00 £8,495.00
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Modules

Module (class) -1 - Exotic Animal Clinical Pathology
20 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to collect diagnostic samples including sampling sites and blood volumes, faecal, urine and bone marrow samples
  • Interpret haematological and biochemical profiles based on knowledge of normal values and the changes which occur in disease processes
  • Evaluate bone marrow samples
  • Describe how to collect and evaluate cytological samples
  • Appreciate microbiological investigation of exotic animals

Module (class) -2 - Exotic Animal - Therapeutics and Immunisation
21 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain how various legislation relates to the pharmacy and have a knowledge of the Medicines Act 1968, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the COSHH regulations 2002
  • Revise the correct storage, dispensing and labelling of medicines
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of common therapeutic agents including anaesthetics, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, anti- microbials and anti-parasitics.
  • Describe what immunisation options exist for exotic patients
  • Delivery of drugs to exotic pets and zoo animals

Module (class) -3 - Exotic Animal - Principles of Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
9 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Identify the type of fluid replacement required
  • Calculate fluid requirements
  • Appreciate different administration techniques and cannulation techniques
  • Select appropriate agents for the restraint, pre-medication, induction and maintenance of anaesthesia
  • Monitor anaesthesia
  • Apply knowledge of emergency and resuscitation techniques in anaesthesia to clinical situations if required
  • Understand the basic principles of emergency and critical care medicine of exotic pets

Module (class) -4 - Exotic Animal - Diagnostic Imaging
10 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Appreciate the value of imaging techniques in mammals, reptiles and avian species including:
    • Review radiography and radiology of soft tissues and the skeleton
    • Revise contrast media techniques
    • Describe ultrasonography and echocardiography of exotic patients
    • Become familiar with the principles of endoscopy including the respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts

Module (class) -5 - Exotic Animal - Current Concepts in Surgery
30 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Romain Pizzi

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand basic surgical techniques, surgical neutering and coelomic surgery
  • Use knowledge gained to implant microchips
  • Apply knowledge gained to performing various oesophagostomy techniques
  • Describe how to repair shell and beak defects
  • Explain the use of radiosurgery in exotics
  • Approach the orthopaedic patient and understand the common fracture types in different species, the principles of internal and external fracture repair and muscle tendon adhesions

Module (class) -6 - Exotic Animal - Avian Medicine and Surgery
1 May 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Neil Forbes

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the investigation and treatment of gastro-intestinal diseases in birds
  • Investigate and treat diseases of the upper and lower airways including the nares, sinuses, and infections such as Chlamydophilosis and Aspergillosis
  • Approach beak and feather disease and feather plucking
  • Understand urogenital tract disease including excessive egg laying, egg binding, cloacal disease and orchitis
  • Manage trauma cases including fractures

Module (class) -7 - Exotic Animal - Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Mice, Rats, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Degus and Gerbils
6 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Richard A. Saunders

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common skin diseases including ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and endocrine disorders
  • Understand diseases affecting the gastro-intestinal tract including Tyzzer’s disease, wet tail, dental malocclusions and coccidiosis
  • Transform your approach to the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders
  • Approach the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine conditions
  • Develop your understanding the diseases which affect the reproductive and urinary tracts
  • Appreciate conditions which affect the CNS
  • Understand sebaceous gland dermatitis, reproductive and adrenal gland disease affecting the skin and behavioural induced skin disease in gerbils
  • Review the legislation concerning the care and use of relevant laboratory animals

Module (class) -8 - Exotic Animal - Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Rabbits
7 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Richard A. Saunders

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose and treat dermatological diseases
  • Investigate and treat gastrointestinal diseases including motility disturbances, mucoid enteropathy and diarrhoea
  • Formulate a treatment plan for dental disease including overgrown teeth and traumatic injuries to teeth, treatment of abscesses and caries
  • Be familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory tract disease including Pasteurellosis
  • Understand conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems including vestibular disease
  • Investigate and treat reproductive and urinary tract diseases
  • Describe common infectious diseases such as E cuniculi, myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease

Module (class) -9 - Exotic Animal - Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Ferrets and Fish
21 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose and treat ectoparasitic, bacterial, fungal, viral and neoplastic skin disease in ferrets
  • Investigate and treat diseases affecting the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital systems in ferrets
  • Understand infectious diseases in ferrets such as distemper, tuberculosis, Aleutian disease and human influenza
  • Assess disease patterns, environmental factors and fish husbandry and apply these to quarantine and disease prevention strategies
  • Perform clinical examinations and have a knowledge of anaesthesia, medication and therapeutics with respect to fish
  • Diagnose and treat common skin diseases, ocular disorders, respiratory and internal disease and have an understanding of the principles of fish surgery

Module (class) -10 - Exotic Animal - Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Unusual Mammalian Pets, Amphibians and Invertebrates
22 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the husbandry and diseases of small pet marsupials such as sugar gliders, wallabies and opossums
  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of pet skunks
  • Revise the husbandry and diseases of Procyonids such as the raccoon and kinkajou
  • Describe the husbandry and diseases of Herpestids such as the dwarf mongoose and meerkat
  • Increase your knowledge of the husbandry and conditions affecting pet amphibians
  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of invertebrates

Module (class) -11 - Exotic Animal - Reptile Medicine and Surgery
9 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate an approach to the sick reptile including post hibernation anorexia and hypocalcaemic collapse
  • Diagnose and treat dermatological conditions including dysecdysis, scale rot and abscesses and metabolic, nutritional and infectious bone and shell disorders
  • Diagnose and treat common gastroenterological disorders including mouth rot, vomiting and regurgitation and liver disease
  • Approach respiratory and cardiovascular disease including pneumonia and lungworm
  • Investigate respiratory tract and reproductive disease
  • Understand the common infectious diseases of reptiles

Module (class) -12 - Exotic Animal - Wildlife Medicine and Surgery
10 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the legislation relating to wild animals and welfare
  • Formulate an approach to the restraint, anaesthesia and trauma management of wild birds and mammals
  • Diagnose and manage common disorders of UK native wildlife
  • Approach rehabilitation of wildlife
  • Understand the zoonotic diseases which affect wildlife in the UK

Module (class) -13 - Exotic Animal - Primates
14 Dec 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose, treat and prevent ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and neoplastic skin diseases
  • Understand gastrointestinal disease including bacterial gastroenteritis, gastric dilation, diarrhoea and dental caries
  • Appreciate diseases affecting the cardio-respiratory system
  • Describe metabolic/ nutritional bone disease, musculoskeletal and neurological disease, arthritis and limb fractures
  • Investigate and treat infectious diseases
  • Diagnose and treat diseases of the urogenital tract including endometrial, ovarian and mammary disease

Module (class) -14 - Exotic Animal - Zoo Animal Medicine
15 Dec 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain modern zoo legislation and management including Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and Balai regulations 92/65 as subsequently amended
  • Approach the routine health-care management and common disease problems of zoo animals
  • Review how to restrain zoo animals
  • Understand drug delivery systems, immobilisation and anaesthetic regimes

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  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

PgC and GPCert Exotic Animal Practice
20 Jan 2020
15 Dec 2020
p
14 Day Course
Swindon
Neil Forbes, Richard A. Saunders, Romain Pizzi, Simon Girling
Price: £7,995.00 + VAT

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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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