1 Feb 2022

Small Animal Dermatology Online Learning

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Small Animal Dermatology Online Learning

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

The Small Animal Dermatology 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 from 9.15am, course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 5.00pm on taught 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. 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. 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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Small Animal Dermatology Online Learning Modules

Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Cutaneous Pathological Processes
1 Feb 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the function and properties of the skin of companion animals

    Outline the skin and hair follicle morphogenesis

    Recall gross skin anatomy and physiology

    Discuss the microscopic skin anatomy and physiology

    Review the pathological processes occurring in skin disease

    Explain how pathological processes relate to clinical signs and the diagnosis of disease

    Revise hypersensitivity reaction types I, II, III, IV in the skin and examples of specific skin diseases involving these processes

    Explain the response of skin to physical, chemical and microbiological insults

    Develop basic knowledge of the pathogenesis of skin neoplasia


Speaker: Aiden Foster BSc (Nott.), B.V.Sc., MRCVS, CertSAD, PhD (Bristol), DipACVD, FHEA
Clinical History, Examination and Essential Diagnostic Techniques
1 Mar 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Know how to take an accurate clinical history and understand its interpretation in the diagnosis of skin disease

Become adept at performing a general physical examination

Be able to carry out a detailed examination of the skin

Be capable of accurately identifying and describing skin lesions

Familiarise yourself with the key diagnostic tests and their use

Improve your diagnostic skills and ability to manage common skin diseases

Explain the pros and cons of intradermal testing and allergen serology in the management of

atopic dermatitis


Speaker: Aiden Foster BSc (Nott.), B.V.Sc., MRCVS, CertSAD, PhD (Bristol), DipACVD, FHEA
Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology
1 Apr 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Describe techniques to collect skin biopsies, their 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 viral, fungal, protozoal and bacterial diseases – techniques and interpretation

Have an understanding of the principles of the use of pattern analysis by histopathologists in dermatohistopathology as it relates to pathogenesis, disease and diagnosis

Be able to interpret histopathology reports


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS
General Conditions commonly found in Dermatology: Alopecia, Keratinisation and Pigmentary Disorders
2 May 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Alopecia:

Describe the pathogenesis of alopecia

Appreciate the clinical features of alopecia

Recall the differential diagnosis of alopecia and have knowledge of specific conditions which cause alopecia

Outline how to investigate alopecia using a problem-solving approach

Be conversant with treatment of alopecic conditions

Keratinisation disorders

Describe the pathogenesis of keratinisation disorders/scaling

Appreciate the clinical features of these disorders

Recognise the differential diagnosis of these disorders and have knowledge of specific

Conditions which cause keratinisation disorders

Outline how to investigate scaling diseases using a problem-solving approach

Be familiar with the treatment options

Pigmentary disorders

Describe the pathogenesis and clinical features of pigment changes, genetic or acquired

resulting in hypo- or hyperpigmentation

Recall the differential diagnosis including specific conditions causing pigmentary disorders

Outline how to investigate pigment changes using a problem-solving approach

Gain knowledge about treatment options


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS
Dermatological Manifestations of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
1 Jun 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Describe the physiology of the endocrine system

Explain the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of the more common endocrine diseases

Be familiar with metabolic diseases, their aetiology, how to diagnose and how to treat these

diseases


Speaker: Tatiana Brito Lima
Neoplasia
1 Aug 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Explain the biology of tumours

Recognise common neoplastic presentations – localised, diffuse and systemic

Demonstrate knowledge of the following types of neoplasia: neoplasia of skin structures – benign, malignant, mast cell tumours, lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma and their variants, mammary tumours, testicular tumours

Recognise neoplasia of other structures with involvement of the skin

Understand and 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 auto immune diseases

Be familiar with the treatment options available and the prognosis for different neoplasms


Speaker: David Shearer BVetMed PhD CertSAD PGCert(VetEd), FHEA, CBiol MRSB MRCVS.
Diseases of the Eyelids, Ears and Pinnae
1 Sep 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Review the anatomy of the pinna, external ear canal, bulla and inner ear including specialised glands and normal microbial flora and microbiome of the ear canal

Describe the diseases affecting the pinnae in dogs and cats

Discuss the aetiology, clinical signs, diagnostic approach and therapy of infectious, parasitic, immune-mediated, and neoplastic eyelid disease


Speaker: Susan Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD FRCVS
Allergic Skin Disorders
3 Oct 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Gain knowledge of the immune system and immune response by the skin

Consolidate your knowledge of urticaria and angioedema, allergic contact dermatitis, flea bite hypersensitivity, canine cutaneous adverse food reaction (CAFR), canine CAFR with concurrent atopic dermatitis, canine atopic dermatitis, feline atopic syndrome and feline atopic skin syndrome

Review the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options

Recall the different treatment modalities for canine and feline allergic skin diseases


Speaker: Richard Harvey BVSc DVD DipECVD PhD FRSB FRCVS
Auto Immune and Immune Mediated Skin Diseases
1 Nov 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Deepen your understanding of the structure and function of the skin immune system and the current theories of mechanisms that may lead to auto-immune disease

Be able to explain the innate and adaptive immune response

Recognise the revised classification of auto-antibody-mediated autoimmune skin diseases in dogs and cats from 2018

Be familiar with the current (recommended/suggested) classification of lymphocyte-mediated autoimmune skin diseases in dogs and cats

Explain the pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic approach and treatment options of immune-mediated diseases in which a dysregulated immune-response to exogenous – but not self-antigen(s) – develops or fails to abate

Be familiar with immunosuppressive and immunomodulating drugs and their application to the management of canine and feline immune-mediated disease. Gain knowledge about their properties, their synergistic immunosuppressive effects, their potential side effects and potential drug interaction


Speaker: Richard Harvey BVSc DVD DipECVD PhD FRSB FRCVS
Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare
2 Jan 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Know the clinical pathology of the major bacterial, viral, protozoal, fungal and parasitic diseases (mites, insects and ticks) affecting the skin of companion animals in the UK and Europe including vector borne diseases such as leishmaniosis

Recognise zoonotic diseases and their health and safety concerns and precautions to be taken

Demonstrate knowledge of preventative healthcare measures that can be implemented for infectious or parasitic skin conditions

Demonstrate knowledge of treatment measures for bacterial, viral, protozoal, fungal and parasitic skin conditions


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS
Exotic Animal Dermatology
1 Feb 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Describe the normal skin anatomy of exotic species (rabbits and rodents, reptiles and cage birds)

Recognise the importance of husbandry – housing, environment, nutrition on the dermatological health of these species

Gain knowledge about ecdysis/dysecdysis in reptiles

Be familiar with the common conditions seen in rabbits and rodents, reptiles and cage birds and their pathogenesis, clinical features, differential diagnosis, investigation and treatment of them


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS
Nutritional, Genetic, Congenital, Hereditary, Environmental and Miscellaneous Skin Diseases
1 Mar 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Review the nutritional supply to the skin and how deficiencies or excess in nutrients can lead to skin diseases

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the role of nutrients (including essential amino acids, EFAs, vitamins and minerals) in metabolism and their importance to skin biology and pathology

Discuss the pathophysiology of nutritional skin disorders, the breed predispositions, mode of inheritance if known, the clinical signs associated with these diseases, diagnostic test to confirm diagnosis and treatment options

Explain the pathogenesis and clinical features of genetic, congenital and hereditary skin conditions

Appreciate the differential diagnosis of these conditions and the approach to the investigations and treatment

Identify diseases due to physical agents, chemical agents, ultraviolet radiation, temperature change, and trauma, their clinical features and treatment options

Gain knowledge of the aetiology, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of unusual and rare skin conditions


Speaker: Ewan Ferguson BVM&S, DVD, MRCVS
Wound Management & Surgery
1 Apr 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Be familiar with different type 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

Be able to explain why some dermatological conditions become surgical (skin fold dermatitis, otitis externa/media, pododermatitis) or may benefit from laser therapy

Describe the principles of ear surgery (which techniques to use and when)


Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS
Diseases of the Feet, Nails and Anal Sacs
1 May 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Explain the pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic approach and treatment options of diseases affecting the interdigital skin and/or footpads

Study the pathophysiology, clinical signs, investigations and therapy of diseases affecting the claws and/or claw bed

Demonstrate knowledge about anal sac diseases including inflammatory and neoplastic processes as well as the entity anal furunculosis in dogs

Be aware of investigations needed to accomplish a diagnosis and be familiar with therapeutic options


Speaker: Susan Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD FRCVS

Booking Options

Payments Initial
Payment
Total
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Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
GPCert Programme £5,500.00 £999.00 £6,499.00
GPCert Programme 12 Monthly Payments £490.00 £999.00 £6,879.00
GPCert Programme 18 monthly payments £340.00 £999.00 £7,119.00
PgC Programme £7,500.00 £999.00 £8,499.00
PgC Programme 12 monthly payments £660.00 £999.00 £8,919.00
PgC Programme 18 monthly payments £452.00 £999.00 £9,135.00

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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

Small Animal Dermatology Online Learning
1 Feb 2022
31 May 2023
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14 Day Course
Online
Rosario Cerundolo, David Shearer, Guillaume Chanoit, Prof. Simon Girling, Ewan Ferguson, Tatiana Brito Lima, Susan Paterson, Richard Harvey, Aiden Foster
From £6,249.00 + VAT