New Distance Learning Small Animal Medicine Programme

10 October 2018 – News

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Distance Learning version of one of our most popular Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) programmes, Small Animal Medicine, in January 2019.

The comprehensive 20 module medicine programme, covering all of the major body systems of cats and dog, combines the latest thinking in small animal medicine with its world-class learning resources to ensure that delegates’ learning experience online gives the same high-quality learning as the attendance programme.

It aims to offer a route for vets who don’t have the time to participate in an attendance programme or who work in countries where this type of training is not available, the opportunity to study for a recognised postgraduate qualification.

Delegates signing up for our  Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning Programme will benefit from a module tutor – an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Small Animal Internal Medicine Diploma holder– and a dedicated programme tutor, who works with individual delegates to ensure they are supported throughout the programme.   High-quality learning support is embedded in the programme with delegates receiving:

  • Interactive and engaging modules to enable them to absorb the learning materials in an online environment
  • Real-life case studies to support relating learning back to practice
  • Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes and exercises to test knowledge
  • The opportunity to extend knowledge or progress to achieving a recognised qualification, General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

Commenting on the launch of our Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning Programme, Dr Alison Babington MRCVS, said: “The pressures on veterinary professionals today have never been more intense and many of us struggle to find the work-life balance which is so important for our well-being.  Unfortunately, these pressures often preclude many vets from undertaking the type of postgraduate training which could give them additional job satisfaction and enhance both their career prospects and the profitability of their practice.

“It has been our ambition for some time to offer some of our flagship programmes online and, in creating the Distance Learning Small Animal Medicine programme, we drew on the experience of the latest online platforms.”

Dr Babington added: “This new Distance Learning Programme offers a high-quality interactive, engaging Small Animal Medicine learning experience which will be fun to study and a far cry from the days of simply reading text online. The programme will be accessible to vets working anywhere in the world and we’re very proud to be able to offer a high-level programme via this learning route.

“We have pioneered veterinary postgraduate education for the last 20 years and, while our range of face to face programmes and short courses will continue to expand, our  Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning Programme is the first step in helping us to increase the accessibility of our training.”




Improve International was established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons from across the UK. We run Continuous Professional Development training for veterinary professionals to help develop the skills and knowledge required in practice. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions. We are an international organisation with offices in the UK and Portugal.

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