6 Feb 2020

PgC and GPCert Feline Practice



With feline pet ownership overtaking dogs in the UK, vets are being presented with challenging feline cases every day. This outstanding course taught by world class speakers offers an in depth look at the common and also more challenging feline issues through didactic, interactive and case-based sessions.


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


Improve International has formed an exciting collaboration with the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and Harper Adams University. The taught programme in Feline 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) 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 sixteen 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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Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments £710.00 £995.00 £9,515.00
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Module (class) -1 - Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis
6 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Kathleen Tennant


Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of sampling techniques, the limitations of technology and equipment and the factors that can generate artefacts or abnormalities
  • Interpret results and propose further investigations
  • Understand the methodology involved in the generation of haematology, biochemistry and cytology profiles
  • Have an awareness of the various diagnostic tests for endocrine and infectious diseases ( viral, parasitic- including heartworm- and bacterial) the techniques used and their interpretation
  • Recall the cytology of haemic and non-haemic cell populations, both reactive and neoplastic, and have the ability to trace or plot maturation and degeneration pathways in blood, fluid and tissue smears

Module (class) -2 - Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management
7 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Nicola Grint


Key learning objectives:

  • Perform triage, assess patients and prioritise cases
  • Undertake emergency monitoring and stabilisation
  • Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparations and plants
  • Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR

Module (class) -3 - Feline Urinary Tract
3 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Susana Silva


Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilised in cats with clinical signs of renal disease (including acute/ chronic renal insufficiency, glomerular disease, neoplasia and inherited diseases)
  • Describe the causes and emergency treatment of acute renal failure
  • Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphataemia, anaemia, proteinuria and hypertension
  • Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic renal disease to patient prognosis
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for CRI including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors and dietary modification
  • Recall the neuroanatomy of the lower urinary tract and the differentiation of upper motor neuron/ lower motor neuron defects
  • Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including FLUTD, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment and dietary management

Module (class) -4 - Feline Dermatology
4 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Peter Forsythe


Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate a differential diagnosis, investigation plan (including laboratory investigations) for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Have knowledge of treatment strategies for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Be aware of and be able to recognise dermatological manifestations of systemic disease

Module (class) -5 - Feline Cardiology
6 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Kerry Simpson


Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise the importance of a detailed history and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Review and understand the common causes of heart disease in cats
  • Consolidate your understanding of the central importance of blood pressure in the pathophysiology of cardiac disease in cats and know how to discriminate the causes of hypertension in this species
  • Define the crucial role of high quality imaging modalities (especially ultrasonography and radiology) in the differential diagnosis of feline cardiopulmonary diseases

Module (class) -6 - Feline Respiratory Medicine
7 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Kerry Simpson


Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the common presentations of respiratory disease including nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing, stertor, stridor, sneezing and reverse sneezing
  • Diagnose and treat upper respiratory tract diseases, both acute (infectious) and chronic (inflammatory or infectious or neoplastic in origin)
  • Formulate an approach to allergic lower respiratory tract disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and treatment of allergic airway disease, parasitic disease and pulmonary fibrosis
  • Understand pleural space disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and therapeutics

Module (class) -7 - Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract
4 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Tim Gruffydd-Jones


Key learning objectives:

  • Know how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas
  • Describe the various tests used in the diagnosis of liver and pancreatic disease and the management options for the common hepatic medical disorders
  • Approach the nutritional management of disorders of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract

Module (class) -8 - Feline Endocrinology
5 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Nick Bexfield


Key learning objectives:

  • Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis – including hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism and hyperadrenocorticism
  • Describe the principles of key diagnostic tests and their application for the above feline endocrine diseases
  • Understand the management of common feline endocrine diseases and know how to approach complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar syndrome

Module (class) -9 - Feline Infectious Diseases I
2 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Kerry Simpson


Key learning objectives:

  • Describe health and safety concerns and precautions relating to zoonoses
  • Understand the legislation and regulations relating to infectious diseases
  • Design and implement vaccination and preventative parasitic programmes
  • Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment of common viral diseases including FeLV, FIV and FIP
  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections

Module (class) -10 - Feline Infectious Diseases II
3 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Kerry Simpson


Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the diseases of hunting cats including Toxoplasmosis, Pox virus, Mycobacterial disease and Salmonellosis
  • Approach enteric infections of the cat including protozoal disease (Trichomonas foetus, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Isospora) and bacterial/ viral disease
  • Understand fungal mycoses
  • Control infectious and zoonotic disease in the home, clinic, shelters and cattery situations

Module (class) -11 - Feline Musculoskeletal Disease
10 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: James Grierson


Key learning objectives:

  • Perform an orthopaedic examination and be familiar with the presentation of osteoarthritis in the cat
  • Understand the value of radiography, synoviocentesis, muscle and nerve biopsies
  • Apply first aid techniques to fracture patients
  • Explain the principles of orthopaedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures

Module (class) -12 - Feline Behaviour
11 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Sarah Heath


Key learning objectives:

  • Consolidate your understanding of normal cat behaviour
  • Understand the clinical causes of feline behavioural problems
  • Formulate an approach to common problems such as inappropriate toiletting, spraying, aggression and compulsive disorders
  • Review and apply strategies for improving core territory security
  • Have a good knowledge of the principal behavioural modifying drugs, their use and potential side effects

Module (class) -13 - Feline Ophthalmology
8 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Kerry Smith


Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal feline eye and use readily available diagnostic equipment and disposables in feline ophthalmic cases
  • Recognise those ophthalmic conditions which are unique to the cat or are particularly important in this species
  • Perform common surgical procedures pertinent to feline ophthalmology
  • Approach the medical management of ophthalmic patients
  • Know when to refer a patient

Module (class) -14 - Feline Anaesthesia and Surgical Principles
9 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit


Key learning objectives:

  • Apply knowledge gained to surgical asepsis and theatre protocol
  • Rationally utilise antibiotics in surgical patients
  • Be familiar with suture materials and patterns, surgical instruments and tissue handling
  • Plan surgery, apply haemostatic techniques and manage crises
  • Approach the management and reconstruction of wounds

Online Anaesthesia component:

  • Describe a range of parenteral and inhalational anaesthetic regimes
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics of different anaesthetics and monitoring techniques available

Module (class) -15 - Feline Neurology
12 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Mark Lowrie


Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical signs associated with neurological disease
  • Perform a neurological assessment and understand what the tests evaluate and their interpretation
  • Describe how to localise lesions and the value this provides to the clinician
  • Plan a neurological investigation and understand the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localisation
  • Approach abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases
  • Be familiar with the common myopathies including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment

Module (class) -16 - Feline Oncology, Lymphatic and Haematopoietic Disease
13 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Ana Lara


Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical relevance of tumour biology and be able to discuss the most common neoplasms of the major organ systems
  • Evaluate the evidence base to make rational treatment decisions for feline cancer patients
  • Review the importance of biopsy and staging in therapy decision making, counselling and support
  • Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anaemia, haematopoietic disease and coagulopathies

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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

PgC and GPCert Feline Practice
6 Feb 2020
13 Nov 2020
16 Day Course
Ana Lara, Guillaume Chanoit, James Grierson, Kathleen Tennant, Kerry Simpson, Kerry Smith, Nick Bexfield, Nicola Grint, Peter Forsythe, Sarah Heath, Susana Silva, Tim Gruffydd-Jones, Mark Lowrie
Price: £8,995.00 + VAT

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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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