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4 Mar 2021

PgC/GPCert Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery

Swindon

Aims

Endoscopy as an aid to diagnosis coupled with endosurgery as an alternative to more conventional surgical treatments are a rapidly growing area of veterinary practice. New veterinary applications, often following human advances, can be extremely useful in both the investigation and treatment of disease in small and large animals. Having experienced endoscopic procedures first hand, clients often have a good knowledge of these techniques and expect them to be available to their pets.

Reliable and increasingly affordable equipment designed specifically for veterinary applications make the procedures safer and in many cases within the abilities of the general practitioner.

This very practical 12 module programme will provide delegates with a thorough grounding in both theory and hands-on skills needed to start introducing endoscopy into their practice. Each module will combine the very latest in knowledge with the opportunity to practise new skills in a safe environment. Comprehensive training will enhance confidence and provide an integrated learning experience. Delegates will also have the opportunity to study for a postgraduate qualification awarded by the European School Of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS): the General Practitioner Certificate in Endoscopy and Endosurgery. This is intended to provide a benchmarked and achievable qualification across Europe for veterinary surgeons with a special interest in this subject.

This course is kindly supported by Karl Storz Endoscopy (UK) Ltd.

Objectives

The modules will assist delegates in developing their knowledge of endoscopy and endosurgery and help them utilise this diagnostic aid as a valuable practical skill for everyday work.

Summary

The Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery programme is provided by Improve International in collaboration with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and Harper Adams University.

Complete the one-year programme (all modules) and achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) by passing the required assessments with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Continue on to the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) that combines the GPCert clinical studies, plus reflective practice, and successful completion of the Advanced Practitioner Module with Harper Adams University. The PgC represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. It provides 60 transferable academic credits.

After successfully completing your PgC, you may apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes.

The Programme Tutor will discuss which learning option you wish to progress and advise the necessary requirements to support you.

All of our PgCs are recognised by the RCVS as eligible entry qualifications for application to Advanced Practitioner status with the exception of the PgC Endoscopy and Endosurgery for which the RCVS has no designated award.

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

Our 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 PgC programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey.

Registration is open from 9.15am on day one and 8.45am on day two

Times
Day 1 - 9.30am to 5.00pm
Day 2 - 9.00am to 4.30pm

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.

The full programme course fees INCLUDE registration with Harper Adams University and all examination and assessment fees including the Advanced Practitioner fee.


This course is supported by KARL STORZ.
Module places are strictly limited to ensure an optimal learning experience.
The next available dates for each pair of modules are listed below.
Please contact the Improve International team for the latest availability.

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PgC/GPCert Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery Modules

Introduction to Endoscopy and Endosurgery: Instrumentation
4 Mar 2021 | Swindon

This module will cover the history of endoscopy and the development of instrumentation to current day including current applications of endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery in human and veterinary surgery. The structure, function and care of the rigid and flexible endoscope will be covered in detail together with advice on suitable instrumentation for different situations in general practice. Accessory instrumentation will also be discussed in detail and available for use in a dry lab environment. Special attention will be given to the use of electrosurgery and electrosurgical equipment in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) as this is an important means of haemostasis and requires special care in this field. Finally advice on incorporating endoscopy into general practice will enable you to realise a realistic return on your investment.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Review the history and current applications of endoscopy in human surgery and relate this to current veterinary practice
  • Endoscopic instrumentation including rigid and flexible endoscopes
  • Discuss the application of accessory instrumentation and electrosurgery for rigid and flexible endoscopy
  • Learn how to incorporate endoscopy into a veterinary practice
  • Become familiar with how to clean and care for the equipment
  • Understand the use and application of electrosurgery to minimally invasive technique

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Flexible Endoscopy: Basic Techniques and Lower Gastrointestinal Tract
5 Mar 2021 | Swindon

By using a mixture of didactic, video-based and hands-on practical teaching, this module will cover the techniques of using and caring for flexible endoscopes based on an understanding of their construction and capabilities. Instruction in diagnostic lower gastrointestinal flexible endoscopy will cover patient preparation and endoscopic techniques using a model. The module will enhance your abilities to recognise abnormalities and obtain diagnostic samples.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for lower gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Understand the possible complications of lower gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Review patient preparation and general endoscopic technique
  • Appreciate the normal endoscopic appearance of ileum, colon, caecum and rectum
  • Practise techniques using anatomical models

Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Flexible Endoscopy: Upper Gastrointestinal Tract
11 May 2021 | Swindon

By using a mixture of didactic, video-based and hands-on practical teaching, this course will cover the techniques for diagnostic upper gastrointestinal flexible endoscopy, using anatomical models, and will cover patient preparation and endoscopic techniques. The module will enhance your abilities to intubate the duodenum and to recognise abnormalities in the upper GI tract and to obtain diagnostic samples.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Revise the possible complications of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Understand patient preparation and general endoscopic technique
  • Appreciate the normal endoscopic appearance of oesophagus, stomach and duodenum
  • Review biopsy techniques
  • Practise techniques using anatomical models

Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Flexible Endoscopy: Respiratory Tract and Therapeutic Techniques
12 May 2021 | Swindon

By using a mixture of didactic, video-based and hands-on practical teaching, this module will cover the techniques of using flexible end, with practice in models. It will cover patient preparation and endoscopic techniques. The module will enhance your abilities to recognise abnormalities and obtain diagnostic samples. Therapeutic uses of endoscopy, including removal of foreign bodies and placement of feeding tubes will also be demonstrated.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for respiratory tract endoscopy
  • Be aware of the possible complications of respiratory tract endoscopy
  • Review patient preparation and general endoscopic technique for examination of upper and lower respiratory tracts
  • Understand normal endoscopic appearance of nasal cavity, larynx, trachea and bronchi
  • Consider sample collection techniques
  • Improve your abilities in foreign body retrieval and feeding tube placement techniques
  • Practise techniques using anatomical models

Speaker: Ed Hall VetMB MA,PhD,DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Basic Principles of Rhinoscopy and other 'Oscopies'
8 Jun 2021 | Swindon

The basic technique for efficient rhinoscopic examination of the nasopharynx, nose and para-nasal sinuses will be discussed in detail along with biopsy techniques and common nasal pathology including neoplasia. Laser debulking of nasal masses will be discussed and diagnosis and treatment of nasal aspergillosis using a minimally invasive technique will also be covered. Endoscopic examination of pharyngeal stick injuries and other traumatic wounds and fistulas will also be discussed. There will be ample opportunity to practise these techniques in a wet-lab environment.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the range of rigid endoscopic equipment available for examination of the upper respiratory tract
  • Perform a thorough endoscopic examination of the upper respiratory tract using a rigid endoscope
  • Examine the frontal sinuses
  • Recognise common nasal pathology and treat nasal aspergillosis
  • Discuss other ‘oscopies’ including exploration of stick injuries and fistulae
  • Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Otoendoscopy, Urethrocystoscopy and Vaginoscopy
9 Jun 2021 | Swindon

The module will cover basic video-otoscopy techniques including the examination of the external ear canal and tympanic bulla. The technique of myringotomy will be discussed in detail together with collection of diagnostic samples from the ear. Examination of the lower urinary tract of the bitch and queen will be covered in detail including instrumentation and technique. Diagnosis and treatment of common pathology including paramesonephric remnants, ectopic ureters, urinary sphincter mechanism incontinence and transitional cell carcinoma will also be covered and there will be ample opportunity to practise these techniques in a wet lab environment.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for otoendoscopy, urethrocystoscopy and vaginoscopy
  • Understand the possible complications of the above examinations
  • Review patient preparation and general endoscopic techniques for the above examinations in male and female dogs and cats
  • Familiarise yourself with the normal endoscopic appearance of the ear, vagina, urethra and bladder
  • Learn biopsy and sampling techniques as well as the treatment of some common conditions
  • Practise techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Laparoscopy
29 Jul 2021 | Swindon

The module will cover the basic approach and principles of laparoscopy in the dog and cat. Basic laparoscopic procedures will be covered and several laparoscopic procedures will be covered in detail including liver, pancreas and other organ biopsy techniques, full thickness bowel biopsy, laparoscopic gastropexy and GI foreign body removal, jejunostomy tube placement and cryptorchidectomy. Laparoscopic assisted cystoscopy will also be covered and there will be ample opportunity to practise laparoscopic techniques and instrument handling in a dry and wet-lab environment.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the indications for laparoscopy
  • Understand the possible complications of laparoscopy
  • Review patient preparation and general endoscopic technique for laparoscopy
  • Become familiar with normal endoscopic appearance of the abdominal cavity and its organs
  • Consolidate your organ biopsy techniques
  • Practise techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Ovariectomy and Ovariohysterectomy
30 Jul 2021 | Swindon

Minimally invasive surgery has transformed the way surgical procedures have been performed over the past twenty years and many veterinary clinics are now performing many or all of their bitch spays laparoscopically. The benefits are self-evident and the procedure is well received, indeed sought out, by clients. Many clinics already own flexible endoscopy equipment and thus have much of the basic equipment necessary for rigid endoscopy and laparoscopy. Additional equipment and training is required to perform laparoscopy and this expense must be justified.

Most surgeons starting laparoscopy would consider the bitch spay as the core procedure and main reason for investing in the equipment. It is a routine procedure that is done on an almost daily basis and will therefore provide a return on investment as well as providing sufficient practise in technique to enable surgeons to do other, more advanced techniques and expand their repertoire.

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the instrumentation necessary for sterilisation surgeries
  • Understand the techniques and possible complications of laparoscopic sterilisation procedures
  • Consider the choice between ovariohysterectomy / ovariectomy and the benefits of a minimally invasive approach
  • Revise the use of electrosurgery devices for haemostasis and cutting
  • Discuss the economics of incorporating laparoscopic spays into private practice
  • Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
Arthroscopy I
1 Sep 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Consider the instrumentation necessary for arthroscopic procedures
  • Discuss common joint pathology
  • Understand the indications for arthroscopy
  • Review patient preparation and the creation of portals for approaching the elbow, shoulder and stifle joints
  • Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Arthroscopy II
2 Sep 2021 | Swindon

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform an arthroscopic examination of the elbow, shoulder and stifle joints
  • Complete some simple arthroscopic surgery of the elbow and shoulder
  • Understand the possible complications of the above procedures
  • Practise the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS
Rigid Endoscopy: Thoracoscopy
19 Oct 2021 | Swindon

Exploratory thoracotomy is rarely performed in practice due to patient morbidity and mortality. However, thoracoscopy provides better surgical exposure, a magnified well illuminated image and greatly decreased morbidity and mortality making exploratory thoracoscopy a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool for the general practitioner. The indications for thoracoscopy will be discussed and the basic principles and approach to the thoracoscopic examination of the chest will be covered. The benefits of the paraxiphoid transdiaphragmatic approach and the intercostal approach will be compared in relation to some common surgical procedures. Biopsy techniques and pericardectomy will be covered in some detail and other thoracoscopic procedures will be reviewed. Instrument handling techniques will be practised in a dry lab environment before practicing actual procedures in a wet lab.

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the instrumentation necessary for thoracoscopy procedures
  • Describe the indications for diagnostic thoracoscopy
  • Revise the approaches to the thoracic cavity – telescope portals
  • Understand the techniques for an exploratory thoracoscopy, lung and lymph node biopsies and pericardectomy
  • Consider the possible complications of thoracoscopy
  • Practise some of the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS
An Introduction to Laser Endosurgery
20 Oct 2021 | Swindon

Lasers are becoming more common in first opinion veterinary practice and diode lasers in particular lend themselves extremely well to minimally invasive procedures as the laser light is delivered via a flexible fibre that can be passed down the instrument channel of the endoscope. This enables the surgeon to resect tissue, de-bulk tumours and provide haemostasis with extreme precision.

The module will include discussion of the types of laser equipment available as well as the techniques and application of lasers in endoscopy including the treatment of GI, nasal and bladder tumours and for the resection of ectopic ureters. There will be several lasers available for practise of these techniques in the wet lab.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Review the equipment available for laser surgery in animals
  • Discuss the use of lasers in conjunction with endoscopy
  • Understand how to perform laser de-bulking of tumours in the GI tract, nose and bladder plus resection of ectopic ureters
  • Consider the possible complications of laser surgery
  • Practise some of the above techniques in a wet-lab environment

Speaker: Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVet Med FRCVS

Booking Options

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Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
PgC/GPCert Programme £9,995.00 £0.00 £9,995.00
PgC/GPCert Programme (Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments) £792.00 £995.00 £10,499.00
PgC/GPCert Programme (Deposit and Payment in Full) £9,000.00 £995.00 £9,995.00

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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/GPCert Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery
4 Mar 2021
20 Oct 2021
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12 Day Course
Swindon
Ed Hall, Hannes Bergmann, Philip Lhermette
£9,995.00 + VAT