11 Mar 2019

PgC and GPCert Small Animal Dermatology

Swindon

Aims

The diagnosis and management of skin disease represents a major component of small animal practice. This updated modular programme will provide a thorough, informed case based approach to dermatology. Through lectures, case discussions and practical you will learn how to approach the dog, cat and exotic patient presenting with the various manifestations of skin disease in a logical and scientific manner.


Objectives

The modules will assist delegates in developing their knowledge of dermatology and help them apply this knowledge in conjunction with diagnostic aids to their everyday dermatological cases.

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 Small Animal Dermatology 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 Adams 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 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.
A buffet lunch and refreshments are provided on each day.

Delegates wishing to complete the Postgraduate Certificate examination will be required to attend all of the taught modules (including the practical sessions). 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.








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Modules

Module (class) -1 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Cutaneous Pathological Processes
11 Mar 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Jon Hardy

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Compare gross and histological anatomy of the skin of companion animals
  • Have an understanding of the function and physiology of skin of companion animals
  • Review the pathological processes occurring in skin disease
  • Comprehend how pathological processes relate to clinical signs and the diagnosis of disease
  • Revise Hypersensitivity reactions types I, II, III, IV in the skin and examples of specific skin diseases involving these processes
  • Understand the skin response to insults including physical, chemical and microbiological
  • Develop your knowledge of the pathogenesis of skin neoplasia

Module (class) -2 - Dermatology - Clinical Examination and History: Essential Diagnostic Techniques
12 Mar 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Jon Hardy

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand clinical history taking and its interpretation in the diagnosis of skin disease.
  • Become adept at performing a general clinical examination
  • Perform a detailed examination of the skin
  • Have an ability to accurately describe skin lesions
  • Familiarise yourself with the key diagnostic tests and their use
  • Improve your diagnostic skills and ability to manage common skin diseases
  • Review the complications encountered during therapy, their prevention and management
  • Appreciate the pros and cons of intradermal skin testing and serology in the diagnosis of allergy

Module (class) -3 - Dermatology - Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology
15 Apr 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your techniques for collecting samples for microbiology – skin scrapings, hairs, acetate strips and impression smears
  • Sampling techniques (including biopsies), sample processing, storage and recording
  • Understand the basic cytology of samples collected from the skin including masses and discharging sinuses
  • Interpret the clinical laboratory medicine information in relation to skin disease, including: haematology, biochemistry and endocrine tests, fluid and electrolyte disorders and cytology
  • Know the diagnostic tests for infectious diseases – techniques and interpretation (including viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases)
  • Have an understanding of the principles of the use of pattern analysis by histopathologists in dermatohistopathology as it relates to disease pathogenesis and diagnosis
  • Interpret histopathology reports

This module includes a practical component in the laboratory preparing and interpreting slides.

Module (class) -4 - General Conditions Commonly Found in Dermatology: Alopecia, Keratinisation Disorders and Pigment Changes
16 Apr 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Alopecia:
    • Describe the pathogenesis of alopecia
    • Appreciate the clinical features of alopecia
    • Understand the differential diagnosis of alopecia and have knowledge of specific conditions
    • Outline how to investigate alopecia using a problem solving approach
    • Discuss the management and treatment of alopecia
  • Keratinisation disorders
    • Describe the pathogenesis of keratinisation disorders/scaling
    • Appreciate the clinical features of these disorders
    • Understand the differential diagnosis of these disorders and have knowledge of specific conditions
    • Outline how to investigate scaling diseases using a problem solving approach
    • Be familiar with the treatment options
  • Pigmentary Changes
    • Describe the pathogenesis and clinical features of pigment changes
    • Understand the differential diagnosis including specific conditions
    • Outline how to investigate pigment changes using a problem solving approach
    • Be aware of treatment options

Module (class) -5 - Dermatology - Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare
13 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Know the clinical pathology of the major bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases affecting the skin of companion animals in the UK and Europe
  • Have an awareness of diseases that may be imported by pets travelling from abroad
  • Understand zoonosis and its health and safety concerns and precautions

Module (class) -6 - Allergic Skin Disease
14 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the immune system and immune response by the skin
  • Consolidate your knowledge of flea and parasite allergies, atopic dermatitis, food and other hypersensitivities
  • Review the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options
  • Understand the use of combination therapy in atopic dermatitis

Module (class) -7 - Diseases of the Feet, Nails, Anal Sacs and Ears
29 Aug 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Andrea Volk

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of diseases affecting the feet, nails, anal sacs and ears
  • Be able to approach the investigation of pedal, nail, anal sac and aural disease
  • Formulate differential diagnoses and have knowledge of specific conditions
  • Appreciate treatment options

Module (class) -8 - Dermatology - Neoplasia
30 Aug 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Andrea Volk

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Appreciate the biology of tumours
  • Recognise common neoplastic presentations - localised, diffuse and systemic
  • Have an understanding of the following types of neoplasia: neoplasia of skin structures - benign, malignant, mast cell tumours, lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma, mammary tumours
  • Familiarise yourself with neoplasia of other structures with involvement of the skin eg. Cushing’s and hepatocutaneous syndrome
  • Become able to recognise paraneoplastic syndromes
  • Formulate an approach to the diagnosis and staging of disease
  • Be aware of those conditions that could be confused with neoplasia eg. Autoimmune diseases
  • Understand the treatment options available medication / chemotherapy and the prognosis for different neoplasms

Module (class) -9 - Autoimmune Skin Disease
3 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Peter Forsythe

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding of the immune system
  • Become more familiar with the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of autoimmune diseases including pemphigus complex pemphigoid SLE/DLE adverse drug reactions

Module (class) -10 - Dermatological Manifestations of Endocrine Disease
4 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Peter Forsythe

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Have an understanding of the physiology of the endocrine system
  • Appreciate the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of the more common endocrine diseases
  • Recognise iatrogenic endocrine disease

Module (class) -11 - Exotic Animal Dermatology
13 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Simon Girling

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal epithelial anatomy of exotic species
  • Recognise the importance of husbandry – housing, environment, nutrition on the dermatological health of these species
  • Appreciate ecdysis/dysecdysis in reptiles
  • Be familiar with the common conditions seen in small mammals, reptiles and birds and the pathogenesis, clinical features, differential diagnosis, investigation and treatment of them

Module (class) -12 - Dermatology - Wound Management & Surgery
14 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Overview of wounds and wound healing (Dressings / topical treatment options)
  • Improve your knowledge of the medical and surgical management of wounds
  • Perfect your knowledge of surgery of the anal sacs
  • Understand when some dermatological conditions become surgical (skin fold dermatitis, otitis externa, pododermatitis)
  • Describe the principles of ear surgery (which techniques to use and when)

Module (class) -13 - Dermatology - Nutritional, Metabolic, Paraneoplastic, Congenital, Hereditary Skin Disease and Miscellaneous Skin Diseases
17 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Ewan Ferguson

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of the cutaneous manifestations of internal disease excluding endocrine disorders
  • Appreciate the differential diagnosis of these conditions and the approach to their investigation and treatment
  • Become more familiar with congenital hereditary disorders
  • Develop your understanding of the effect of deficiency or excess of vitamins or minerals in skin disease

Module (class) -14 - Dermatology - The Pharmacy & Therapeutics
18 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Ewan Ferguson

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Have a working understanding of the following regulations: Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013, Medicines Act 1968, Medicines Regulations 2012, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2012, Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
  • Be familiar with storage, dispensing and labelling of medicines
  • Have a good working knowledge of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate
  • Understand the Prescribing Cascade, off license use, importation of medication and certification
  • Improve your understanding of the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of common therapeutic agents (anti-inflammatories, anti-microbials and anti-parasitics) used in the management of skin disease
  • Maximise your knowledge of the use of topical, enteral and parenteral medications
  • Appreciate the importance of owner compliance and support for long term skin conditions
  • Discuss the role of the veterinary nurse in dermatology consultations

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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 Small Animal Dermatology
11 Mar 2019
18 Dec 2019
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14 Day Course
Swindon
Rosario Cerundolo, Guillaume Chanoit, Peter Forsythe, Simon Girling, Jon Hardy, Ewan Ferguson, Andrea Volk
Price: £7,362.44 + VAT

The start date of this course is in the past. You can no longer book the full course, but can register your interest in future dates.

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