22 Jan 2019

PgC and GPCert Small Animal Ophthalmology

Swindon

Aims

This comprehensive and stimulating course is designed to be practically relevant for the small animal practitioner. The course will provide delegates with a thorough understanding of the anatomy, development and physiology of the eye and will cover the full spectrum of ocular diseases seen in the domestic species. The principles of inherited ocular disease, ocular pharmacology and therapeutics, ocular pathology and ocular surgery will be discussed.

Objectives

Through practical sessions and tutor demonstrations, delegates will gain an experience of the use of diagnostic equipment and some common surgical techniques. Wide use of interactive teaching and visual aids based on clinical cases will ensure that by the end of the course, delegates will be familiar with routine ophthalmic examinations and will be capable of diagnosing the commonly encountered ocular disorders.

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 Ophthalmology 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 of the taught modules. These modules can be completed in one year or delegates can extend the programme over two or three years.

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 £7,562.44 £0.00 £7,562.44
Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments £581.42 £924.00 £7,901.04
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Modules

Module (class) -1 - Examination of the Eye
22 Jan 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Lorraine Fleming

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform a confident ocular examination by using diagnostic ophthalmic instruments including focal illumination, the direct ophthalmoscope, slit lamp biomicroscope and indirect ophthalmoscope
  • Practise tonometry
  • Develop your ability to perform gonioscopy
  • Review more advanced and specialist techniques available for ophthalmic
    diagnosis including radiography, electroretinography, ultrasound, CT and MRI scans
  • Revise diagnostic cytology, microbiology and biopsy sampling and appreciate the applications of the different methods of investigation
  • Describe a systematic approach to the investigation of ophthalmology cases including accurate record keeping

Module (class) -2 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye, Basic Embryology and Histology
23 Jan 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Lorraine Fleming

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand basic ophthalmic embryology and post natal ocular development
  • Describe comprehensively the anatomy of the eye
  • Extend your understanding of ocular physiology including the tear film, aqueous production, lens metabolism and retinal physiology
  • Appreciate the normal and pathological appearance of histological samples including the significance of abnormalities detected
  • Understand basic ocular immunology

Module (class) -3 - Ocular Therapeutics and Pharmacology
26 Feb 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Claudia Hartley

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the principles of medicating the eye
  • Understand topical and systemic drug administration
  • Explain vehicles and preparations for ophthalmic drug administration
  • Appreciate classes of drugs
  • Choose the correct drug for common ophthalmic conditions

Module (class) -4 - The Orbit and Globe, Eyelids and Nictitans Membranes
27 Feb 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Claudia Hartley

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy and clinical conditions involving the orbit, globe, eyelids and nictitans membranes (third eyelids)
  • Review the presenting signs of and differential diagnoses for congenital and acquired orbital disease
  • Understand the effect of facial conformation on globe and eyelid position and its associated effects
  • Appreciate breed predispositions and species differences
  • Become familiar with the aetiopathogenesis of proptosis and its treatment options
  • Recognise the different types of entropion and ectropion and their impact on ocular health
  • Understand the aetiopathogenesis of nictitans membrane disorders

Module (class) -5 - The Conjunctiva and Naso-lacrimal System and how to write a Case Report
23 Apr 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Sally Turner

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the anatomy of the conjunctiva and understand the aetiopathogenesis of conjunctival disease and its treatment
  • Perfect your knowledge of the nasolacrimal system and abnormalities that can affect it
  • Understand secretory and excretory components, normal lacrimation and the components of the pre-corneal tear film. Appreciate kerato-conjunctivitis sicca
  • Discuss the problems associated with nasolacrimal drainage
  • Appreciate the approach to writing a case report, including case selection, literature searches and accurate referencing

Module (class) -6 - The Cornea, Sclera and Episclera
24 Apr 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Lorraine Fleming

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe normal corneal anatomy
  • Review normal corneal healing and factors which can affect it
  • Understand how the cornea responds to insults
  • Discuss the different causes of corneal ulceration and its treatment
  • Explain non ulcerative corneal disease
  • Appreciate the anatomy of the episclera and sclera and understand the pathology which can affect these

Module (class) -7 - The Uveal Tract and Lens
25 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Sally Turner

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise congenital and acquired defects involving the uveal tract and describe the presenting signs of anterior uveitis, posterior uveitis, panuveitis and the approach to diagnosis and treatment
  • Approach non neurological abnormalities of the pupil
  • Understand aqueous opacification
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the normal lens
  • Explain lenticular disease and the range of congenital and acquired disease that can affect the lens and understand cataractogenesis.
  • Be familiar with the approach to cataract surgery together with patient selection, aftercare and potential complications
  • Appreciate primary and secondary lens luxation

Module (class) -8 - Glaucoma and Neuro-Ophthalmology
26 Jun 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Sally Turner

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the production and drainage of aqueous humour and the pathophysiology of the normotensive globe
  • Define glaucoma and understand the different types of primary and secondary glaucoma and species differences
  • Appreciate treatment options for glaucoma
  • Devise a logical approach to the investigation of neuro-ophthalmic problems and understand the relevant neurological pathways and the autonomic nerve supply
  • Recognise normal and abnormal nystagmus
  • Investigate and offer treatment options for blindness of central origin
  • Understand disorders of ocular motility

Module (class) -9 - The Retina, Vitreous and Optic Nerve
26 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Kerry Smith

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal anatomy of the retina, species differences in retinal vascular patterns and the pathological changes which can occur and their manifestation
  • Describe the process of chorioretinitis
  • Recognise both inherited and acquired retinopathies
  • Appreciate the anatomy of the vitreous, congenital and acquired conditions and different types of vitreal degeneration
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the normal optic nerve, explain congenital and acquired conditions of the optic nerve and understand the investigation of optic nerve disease

Module (class) -10 - Ocular Neoplasia and Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease
27 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Kerry Smith

Details

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise primary and secondary ocular neoplasia and explain its management
  • Discuss the ocular manifestations of systemic disease including infectious, metabolic, nutritional, toxic immune mediated or vascular aetiologies
  • Understand the work up for suspected systemic disease
  • Appreciate treatment options for systemic disease in general practice

Module (class) -11 - Ophthalmic Surgery - practical techniques day I
8 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Lorraine Fleming

Details

This is the first day of a two-day practical session, please see module 12 for additional objectives.

The modules must be attended as a pair.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise commonly used ophthalmic instruments and understand their use
  • Use loupes and understand operating microscopes for surgical magnification
  • Select appropriate suture material and needle designs
  • Discuss pre and post- operative care of surgical patients and appropriate anaesthetic regimes
  • Understand the basic surgical principles as they pertain to ophthalmic surgery

Module (class) -12 - Ophthalmic Surgery - practical techniques day II
9 Oct 2019 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Lorraine Fleming

Details

This is the second day of a two-day practical session. Please see module 11 for additional objectives.

The modules must be attended as a pair.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Perform common surgical techniques for treating disease of the orbit, globe, eyelids, third eyelid, conjunctiva and cornea
  • Practise reconstructive eyelid surgery
  • Understand and perform different methods for enucleation
  • Appreciate the principles of intra ocular surgery

Module (class) -13 - Inherited Ocular Disease and Case Based Discussion
26 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Sally Turner

Details

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand inherited ocular disease, the principles of genetics and modes of inheritance and pedigree data analysis.
  • Appreciate different methods of reducing such disease including eye testing
    schemes and genetic testing
  • Explain the different conditions which affect different breeds of dog
  • Clinically recognise congenital inherited conditions encountered such as collie eye anomaly, congenital cataract, retinal dysplasia, goniodysgenesis and persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous
  • Clinically recognise non-congenital inherited conditions such as hereditary cataract, primary lens luxation, generalised progressive retinal atrophy and retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy
  • Case based studies – you should be able to:
    • List differential diagnoses
    • Formulate investigation plans
    • Formulate treatment protocols for common ophthalmic problems

Module (class) -14 - Comparative Ophthalmology
27 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Ben Blacklock

Details

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Approach the ophthalmic examination of the rabbit, bird and reptile
  • Have a basic understanding of the evolution of the eye
  • Appreciate species differences in ocular anatomy
  • Be familiar with common diseases seen in rabbits, birds and reptiles
  • Discuss the role of various species in ocular toxicology

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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 Small Animal Ophthalmology
22 Jan 2019
27 Nov 2019
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14 Day Course
Swindon
Ben Blacklock, Claudia Hartley, Kerry Smith, Lorraine Fleming, Sally Turner
Price: £7,562.44 + 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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ABOUT IMPROVE

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