1 Nov 2021

Small Animal Emergency Medicine and Surgery Online Learning

Small Animal Emergency Medicine and Surgery Online Learning


Current interest in small animal accident and emergency medicine and surgery is greater now than ever before. This exciting modular course is dedicated to providing high quality, relevant, clinically useful information for the small animal practitioner. Information that is practically relevant is presented using an approach based around the major organ systems.

Interactive discussions and clinical case material will be used to highlight important elements in successful patient management. This course will be of immense value to all veterinary surgeons and particularly those who see emergency cases as part of their regular workload.


The modules will assist delegates in consolidating their knowledge of medical and surgical emergency situations and help them develop a structured clinical approach to the emergency patient.


The Small Animal Emergency Medicine and Surgery 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.

Modules with practical element:
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. 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.

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Small Animal Emergency Medicine and Surgery Online Learning Modules

The Initial Approach to the Emergency Patient
1 Nov 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Appreciate triage systems and detail a suitable initial patient assessment

  • Explain emergency vascular access techniques including sites, catheter placement, preparations and complications including jugular and intraosseous techniques

  • Recognise the principles of initial pain management, stabilisation, and monitoring (including the rule of Kirby)

  • Review health and safety concerns and precautions including managing a situation involving potential zoonoses and nosocomial infections in the ICU

  • Recognise the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions, and adverse effects of common therapeutics agents: anti-microbials and anti-parasitic drugs (CYTP450 mechanism, MDR1 mutation, species-specific enzyme mutation/deficiency)

  • Use of physiotherapy, general nursing of CIP

  • Recognise the administrative, legal and ethical issues involving the critically ill patient

Speaker: Alex Hatch BSc (Hons) BVetmed (Hons) MVetmed DipACVECC
Supporting the Emergency Patient and Monitoring
4 Jan 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise the techniques to monitor organ function (arterial blood pressure, pulse oximetry, capnography

  • Identify the procedures to maintain the body temperature

  • Assess, recognise and treat shock

  • Develop a strategy for the treatment of shock

  • Develop your appreciation of the indications for the different types of fluid therapy with their advantages and disadvantages and the need for electrolyte supplementation

  • Explain the need to monitor for complications during treatment and to record central venous pressure

Laboratory Diagnosis, Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine
1 Feb 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recall sampling techniques, processing, storage,and data recording•
  • Apply knowledge to using the microscope to examine blood smears, urinary sediment and basic cytology and be able to diagnose common acute conditions seen in general practice
  • Assess haemostasis•Interpret clinical laboratory medicine information including haematology, biochemistry, electrolyte,and arterial and blood gas analyses
  • Consider when transfusion should be considered
  • Select appropriate blood products and protocols to minimise adverse outcomes
  • Manage common conditions leading to haematological abnormalities requiring transfusion
  • Define and explain the concept of massive transfusion
  • Identify the diagnosis, pathophysiology,and treatment of acute traumatic coagulopathy

Speaker: Sabrina Hoehne DVM Dipl ACVECC Dipl ECVECC
Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Sedation and Therapeutics
1 Mar 2022 | Online
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of sedation and anaesthesia

  • Approach to patient stabilisation prior to anaesthesia

  • Select an appropriate parenteral, inhalational or mixed anaesthetic regimes and appreciate their relative advantages and disadvantages

  • Recognise the main anaesthetic equipment and monitoring techniques, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages

  • Explore different analgesic techniques (NSAIDs, local anaesthetics, opioids and other analgesics) and when to use them in the emergency patient

  • Decide about the use of other drugs including neuromuscular blocking agents and sedatives in the emergency patient

Speaker: Alessandra Mathis DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS
Neurological Emergencies
1 Apr 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe how to perform a neurological examination

  • Select appropriate diagnostic tests and apply them to individual cases, including radiography and CSF analysis

  • Manage common neurological emergencies including head trauma, traumatic brain injury, MUO and seizures

Speaker: Carlos Ros Alemany LdoVet DipECVN
Speaker: Lluis Sánchez LdoVet MRCVS DipECVN
Toxicological Emergencies
1 May 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Triage poisoned patients, recalling the general principles of intoxication
  • Recognise the clinical signs and management options fortoxicities caused byinsecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparationsandplants
  • Assess the prognosis of patients presented with the common poisonings

Speaker: Daria Starybrat DVM PGCertVMS MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS
Urological, Reproductive and Paediatric Emergencies
1 Jun 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Apply diagnostic techniques including laboratory investigations and imaging to these cases

  • Investigate and manage common renal and urinary tract emergencies, namely urethral obstruction, ureteral obstruction and management of nonsurgical acute kidney injury

  • Recognise the principles of renal, ureteral, bladder and urethral surgery

  • Recall the steps to correctly perform a cystocentesis

  • Identify the limitations, principles of placement and maintenance of urinary catheters

  • Recall the normal reproductive physiology

  • Identify the physiological aspects involved in the conversion from foetal to neonatal circulation

  • Diagnose and establish a management plan for common reproductive and paediatric emergencies, namely C section, mastitis, pyometra and prostatitis

  • Diagnose and establish a management plan for common paediatric emergencies, including hypothermia, hypoglycaemia, failure in passive immunity and malnutrition

Speaker: Katharine Davis Mauro
Cardiovascular Emergencies & CPCR
1 Jul 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the cardiovascular assessment and management of patients presented with cardiovascular emergencies

  • Utilise and interpret a range of diagnostic techniques including ECGs, radiographs, echocardiographs, and laboratory data

  • Diagnose and manage acute canine congestive heart failure, feline cardiomyopathy, and aortic thromboembolism

  • Recognise and manage pericardial disease including pericardiocentesis

  • Identify and manage cardiac arrhythmias

  • Consider the predisposing factors likely to result in cardiac arrest, how this changes the approach to CPR and determining prognosis following CPR

  • Identify the various components of CPR (DABC) and their importance

Speaker: Anthony Gonzalez DVM DACVECC
Endocrine and Metabolic Emergencies
1 Sep 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Detail the common metabolic conditions requiring urgent or emergency therapy

  • Recognise the impact of metabolic disturbances on the patient’s major body systems

  • Devise an approach to the diagnosis and management of common diseases including hypoadrenocorticism, DKA, thyroid storm and metabolic diseases related to hypoglycaemia

  • Appreciate the complications encountered during therapy, their prevention and management

Speaker: Ludivine Boiron DVM, MSc, MRCVS, DACVECC
Respiratory Tract Emergencies
1 Oct 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recall the concepts and procedures involved in a general approach to dyspnoea

  • Triage and create a management plan for patients in respiratory distress

  • Utilise and interpret a range of diagnostic techniques for respiratory patients including auscultation, radiography, endoscopy and arterial blood gas analysis to localise the underlying cause

  • Appreciate the methods of oxygen delivery and be able to monitor the efficacy of treatment

  • Review the problems associated with oxygen delivery

  • Explain the techniques available for drainage of the pleural cavity

Speaker: Céline Pouzot-Nevoret DVM PhD Dip.ECVECC
Principles of Surgery and Approach to Trauma and Wound Management
1 Nov 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Stabilise a patient prior to surgery, plan surgery and manage complications

  • Appreciate the indications for immediate surgical intervention

  • Define damage-controlled resuscitation and identify the cases where it applies

  • Recall surgical asepsis, theatre protocol and the rational use of anti-microbials in surgical patients

  • Approach the acute management of haemostasis, abdominal and respiratory trauma

  • Approach external soft tissue wounds, myocardial injury, and musculoskeletal trauma

Speaker: Sophie Gilbert DVM, MsC, Dipl ECVS
Emergencies in Rabbits, Rodents and Cage Birds
2 Jan 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Interpret the practical findings of a physical examination

  • Formulate a diagnostic approach to common presentations of emergency conditions

  • Manage common emergency conditions

  • Approach the anaesthesia and analgesia of these species in emergency situations

Speaker: Graham Zoller DMV IPSAV (Zoo Med) Dip.ECZM (Avian)
Ophthalmological Emergencies
1 Feb 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe how to perform a systematic ophthalmological examination

  • Recognise normal features and variants

  • Formulate a diagnostic approach to common presentations including the red eye, ocular pain, ocular discharge, blindness, proptosis and retinal detachment

  • Manage common ocular conditions including corneal ulceration, uveitis, and glaucoma

  • Identify ocular manifestations of systemic disease

  • Select ocular medications based on their therapeutical principles

Speaker: Cristina Seruca DVM DipECVO MRCVS
Gastrointestinal Emergencies and Nutrition in the Critically Ill Patient
1 Mar 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the “acute abdomen”

  • Recognise common emergency conditions affecting the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, and pancreas

  • Formulate a diagnostic plan, including the use of imaging modalities, and effective monitoring strategies for these cases

  • Select the appropriate surgical intervention

  • Assess acute malnutrition

  • Recognise the procedures to provide enteral, total parenteral and partial parenteral nutrition

  • Create a diagnostic and management plan to approach the refeeding syndrome

Speaker: Duana McBride BVSc DipACVECC MVMedSc FHEA MRCVS

Booking Options

Payments Initial
Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
GPCert Programme £5,500.00 £995.00 £6,495.00
GPCert Programme 12 monthly payments £500.00 £995.00 £6,995.00
GPCert Programme 18 monthly payments £345.00 £995.00 £7,205.00
PgC Programme £7,500.00 £995.00 £8,495.00
PgC Programme 12 monthly payments £667.00 £995.00 £8,999.00
PgC Programme 18 monthly payments £456.00 £995.00 £9,203.00

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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.

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