High-Quality Distance Learning Veterinary Postgraduate Training

Learn Wherever You Are, At Your Own Pace

Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence with 24/7 access from your laptop, tablet or mobile no matter where you are in the world and you can fit your learning around the workings of a busy practice.

Once you join, you will be part of an international programme with participants from all over the world.


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Available Programmes:

Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning

Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning

Start Date
2 January 2021
20 Modules over 2 years
Pay as you learn options available
Small Animal Surgery Distance and Practical Learning

Small Animal Surgery Distance and Practical Learning

Start Date
1 February 2021
14 Online Modules and 10 Attendance Practical Modules over 2 years
Pay as you learn options available
Feline Practice Distance Learning

Feline Practice Distance Learning

Start Date
1 April 2021
16 Modules over 2 years
Pay as you learn options available

Our Distance Learning Programmes provides all veterinary surgeons with access to our world-class teaching materials. By studying part-time, at your own pace, these programmes allow you to effectively manage your work-life balance while taking essential knowledge back to practice immediately.

All of our programmes are authored by a Specialist who is a Diploma holder in their field, giving guidance on interactive and engaging modules. Modules include presentations, notes, interactive quizzes and exercises which test your knowledge as you work, along with pre-module and post-module assessments allowing you to evaluate your progress. Each module is supported online by a Specialist who will be available to answer all your questions during the month the module is ‘live’.

Distance Learning Details

Access globally, study whenever and wherever you are 24/7

Progress your learning and work towards a GP Certificate and/or a PgC*

Learn at your own pace with interactive and engaging modules

Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is a diploma holder

World-class Learning Management System
Access via a laptop, mobile or tablet device
A discussion forum to network with your peers and Module Tutors

Recognised for application to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status and also RACE approved programmes

*General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and/or a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC).

Benefits for you:


Progress your career and achieve academic recognition

Develop a logical approach to cases and problem solving
Grow your small animal caseload and revenue stream

Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex cases


Recognised Programmes for application to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

Benefits for your clients:

Accelerated diagnosis

Improved animal care

Increase in treatment options
Reassurance that their pet is in safe hands

Benefits for your practice:

Increased practice revenues
Improved productivity
Reduced external referrals and increased practice capabilities
Transferable knowledge and skills within practice

Demonstrate your commitment to enhancing practice standards

Extend your knowledge and skills and work towards a recognised qualification

Our Distance Learning Programmes offer you a comprehensive range of structured learning with the ultimate flexibility to access the training that you want whilst working around your busy practice life. You can choose to gain new knowledge and skills to take back to practice or you can work towards a recognised qualification.

General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

By attending the full online structured programme, practical sessions where relevant and following successful assessment including an exam you can gain the GPCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

A route to a PgC is available in partnership with Harper Adams University. The PgC is a recognised higher education qualification demonstrating that you have achieved the required standard within a designated subject. The qualification represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. In order to apply for the PgC route, additional assessments must be undertaken, please see the specific programmes for further details.

RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

After completing your Postgraduate Certificate you can 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. You will also need to provide evidence of Key Professional Skills knowledge to the RCVS when applying for the Advanced Practitioner Status.

Distance Learning

Who can enrol on the Distance Learning programmes?
What does the GPCert consist of?
What qualifications are needed for taking the programme if coming from another non-European country?
What does the PgC consist of?
When is the learning content available for each module?
Is the PgC programme recognised by other countries?
Can I do the GPCert and the PgC at the same time?
What additional learning resources are available?
How can I track my progress in the programme?
Do I have to access the programme via a specific browser?
Does the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) programme differ from the GPCert?
When do the exams take place?
Which modules do I choose for the PgC and when do I have to choose them?
How many hours per week will I have to spend on the programme?
Is the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) all online?
How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?
How do I register for the GPCert and/or the PgC?
What do the case logs for the case diary consist of?
Can I defer a module?
If coming from a non-European country – how would face-to-face module attendance work for the PgC?


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Black Friday Ts & Cs:

General Improve International Ltd Terms & Conditions apply – see our website for full details. This discount is valid for new bookings made during the promotion period Black Friday-Cyber Monday (27-30 November 2020) only. Only one code per booking and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion except any agreed corporate discount which is already in place. This discount is exclusive for our Vet Surgeon Postgraduate Distance Learning Programmes only and not valid for any of our other courses, services, events, products and or OV training and revalidation/events/books. This discount can only be redeemed within this period and may not be converted into cash or be held as a credit other than the Black Friday to Cyber Monday (27-30 November 2020) promotion terms.